VA3MW has forwarded another update of the Coquitlam Club Satellite Communications trailer. The You Tube video produced by VA7DX will give you a pretty good idea about how much work goes into creating an emergency communications project of this complexity.
Mike sent us this email from Neil VA7DX:
For those of you interested in the progress of the Coquitlam Club’s Satellite Trailer Project, I put together another short YouTube video titled “CARESS SAT Trailer Update April 20, 2009” showing progress since the last video update.
Since installing the SAT gear and performing a quick smoke test on the 12th, considerable work has been completed installing equipment to provide a broad suite of HF/VHF/UHF voice and data services. In addition to mounting external antennas to provide VHF/UHF and Wi-Fi service, wiring for power, data and RF cabling has been installed. BIX blocks for telephone wiring were mounted. In addition to supporting Wi-Fi VOIP phone support, a number of standard telephones using twisted pair wiring will eventually be available from the vehicle.
The server for operation to support operation of a portable, backup Winlink PMBO was installed. In the event the VE7SCC EMCOMM PMBO is damaged or inoperable, this portable, backup PMBO will be able to take over sending and receiving WinLink/Airmail messages.
Once completed, this trailer will act as a low to moderate cost (less than $50K) point solution and communications hub, capable of connecting to Internet IP services via commercial satellite link and projecting a wireless bubble around an Incident Command site or an ESS Centre. From a high point it can direct Wi-Fi links over distances up to 80+km and will interface directly into the existing BCWARN medium-speed digital network. It will also be equipped with conventional VHF, UHF and SHF voice and data capabilities.
The video is about 4 minutes long. The link below will start the HD version of the video providing significantly better video and audio quality. If you have a slow Internet connection or experience problems with the HD version, a standard definition version is available and can be selected from the bottom right of the YouTube video window.
The link is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQgGUChaUxI&fmt=22 . Feel free to comment on the project and the video via YouTube.
I’ll be adding more video as the additional equipment is installed.
Thanks to Bob VE7JRP, Ian VE7HHS, Dave VA7DRS, Jeremy VA7NSA, Neil VA7NS and Russ Montgomery of DishPro Media Services for devoting many hours to the last work party.