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  • YSWG
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    Wished that would solve it but these cockatoos are smart. :/
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  • Ressy
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    Originally posted by YSWG View Post
    Problem found and it isn't good. Cockatoos have taken a large piece from the rubber capping on the antenna. So both T-YSWG2 and F-YSWG1 is offline. T-YSWG2 will be back sometime in the week (weather and time permitting).

    Now to contact support.
    Nasty, now you can take the opptunity to grab a bunch of white plastic ties, do them through cardboard or plastic at various angles, so it ends up being like a porcupine, and glue that on top, that oughta stop em

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  • YSWG
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    Problem found and it isn't good. Cockatoos have taken a large piece from the rubber capping on the antenna. So both T-YSWG2 and F-YSWG1 is offline. T-YSWG2 will be back sometime in the week (weather and time permitting).

    Now to contact support.

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  • YSWG
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    Well it's looking like a water issue, range (184nm) and message rate (peak at 7am) was back to near normal between 6-8am (20:00-22:00 UTC) but has dropped back off again (so far only up to 99nm and message rate well down on this mornings peak). Temperature at the airport was -1.2c though where I am it would've been around -2c. Will be looking at it tomorrow.

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  • rodeo
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    Looks like there is a lot more up there than what there used to be!! The stuff I used to work on is now licensed to Digital Distribution Australia - there was three microwave links, one across to Flakney, one to Collingullie (the Crown Castle (Vodafone) tower) and one into the council chambers in town.

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  • YSWG
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    Yeah, it's on the police site. The microwave link connects to the Gumly tower (which I think is the tower that connects to the fibre backhaul).

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  • rodeo
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    Originally posted by YSWG View Post
    Malebo Hill has a microwave (link) dish pointing right at me to another tower.
    Last time I worked at Malebo was about 8 years ago - putting up a microwave system. If its the same one, it points over to Mt Flackney. It may or may not be in service still and others may have been added since then. Malebo site belongs to NSW Police though it sounds like they are using it for the NBN now as well.

    Cheers

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  • YSWG
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    Malebo Hill, Bomen and Gumly NBN towers are within range, Malebo Hill has a microwave (link) dish pointing right at me to another tower. Though I would expect my dongle to have a drop as well (not as much as the FR box though) but seems to be unchanged.

    F-YSWG1 maximum distance
    21 June: 160nm
    22 June: 125nm
    23 June: 127nm
    24 June: 126nm
    25 June: 107nm
    26 June: 105nm
    27 June: 97nm*

    T-YSWG2 maximum distance
    21 June: 106nm
    22 June: 105nm
    23 June: 105nm
    24 June: 107nm
    25 June: 108nm
    26 June: 108nm
    27 June: 99nm*

    * not complete 24 hour figure.

    Old F-YSWG1 range, with the current range (darker [black] opacity).
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    Last edited by YSWG; 2015-06-27, 10:53.

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  • Ressy
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    Originally posted by YSWG View Post
    Anyone near NBN Wireless towers? I've noticed a 50% drop in range, not to sure when it happened but it was fine in May (June has been busy, haven't been able to look).

    I've rebooted the FR24 receiver but no improvement, so will take a look at the equipment once my shoulder injury has healed, hoping it's something simple and not frequency related.

    Once I've done my own problem solving but have no solution, I'll then contact FR24 support. At this stage, not much we both can do ATM.

    Edit:
    Doing some digging in the logs, everything was fine on the 16th June (before a rain event) but post rain event (19th June) the signal range decrease is noticeable. I'm thinking that water has got into the join of the antenna and the cable or into the holes made by the Cockatoos in the cable, the self amalgamating tape may have contracted and expanded (allowing water to ingress, causing the signal loss ) with the very cold mornings but mild days we had before the rain. Early in the week, I'll inspect the antenna and the cable.
    To find out if your near "a" tower, you can use http://www.rfnsa.com.au/nsa/search.cgi

    The freqs currently in use are 2.3Ghz , even with imaging, I cant see it affecting you, even if its right next door, they also claim (but this is lying filfth that is the Australian Govt, so take it with a gain of salt) that they comply with all EME safety requirements as required by ARPANSA.
    Last edited by Ressy; 2015-06-27, 10:40.

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  • YSWG
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    Anyone near NBN Wireless towers? I've noticed a 50% drop in range, not to sure when it happened but it was fine in May (June has been busy, haven't been able to look).

    I've rebooted the FR24 receiver but no improvement, so will take a look at the equipment once my shoulder injury has healed, hoping it's something simple and not frequency related.

    Once I've done my own problem solving but have no solution, I'll then contact FR24 support. At this stage, not much we both can do ATM.

    Edit:
    Doing some digging in the logs, everything was fine on the 16th June (before a rain event) but post rain event (19th June) the signal range decrease is noticeable. I'm thinking that water has got into the join of the antenna and the cable or into the holes made by the Cockatoos in the cable, the self amalgamating tape may have contracted and expanded (allowing water to ingress, causing the signal loss ) with the very cold mornings but mild days we had before the rain. Early in the week, I'll inspect the antenna and the cable.
    Last edited by YSWG; 2015-06-27, 07:11.

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  • airnrail
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    Originally posted by fungus View Post
    Just spotted VH-VPJ (ATR 72-600) on my receiver, on its way from SYD-CBR today
    Got it on FR24 this morning doing the same run. Thanks.

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  • fungus
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    Just spotted VH-VPJ (ATR 72-600) on my receiver, on its way from SYD-CBR today;

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    Displaying on the map.

    Regards,
    Gregg

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  • fungus
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    Originally posted by airnrail View Post
    Gregg, don't doubt you saw it but it isn't showing up on FR24. I looked up VH-VPJ's operations for the last couple of days - it mainly flies between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide - and none of the flights I checked made an appearance on FR24 , not even MLAT. Might have been a test run? I seem to recall that Qantas did something similar with a Dash 8 some years ago but that one also could have been a revenue job for Flight Services to check and calibrate the early ADS-B ground stations. Cheers.
    Thanks for that, I'll keep an eye on VH-VPJ next time my receiver is on air. It should be displaying on FR24 as it's the latest ATR for VA and displays GPS data on my log. It's flights aren't showing on the database either. I'll look into that one as we have quite a few not showing on FR24 for some reason.

    You're correct about VH-SBT it used to have ADS-B equipped in fact was the first Dash8 to do so for testing up around Bundaberg (from memory) when it was being introduced in Australia which was for Air Services Australia. It is now removed/disconnected and only has mode-s.

    Regards,
    Gregg
    Last edited by fungus; 2015-05-25, 06:51.

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  • airnrail
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    Originally posted by fungus View Post
    ... and one Virgin Australia ATR 72-600 (VH-VPJ) that I've seen on my receiver. Could be others elsewhere. Regards, Gregg
    Gregg, don't doubt you saw it but it isn't showing up on FR24. I looked up VH-VPJ's operations for the last couple of days - it mainly flies between Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide - and none of the flights I checked made an appearance on FR24 , not even MLAT. Might have been a test run? I seem to recall that Qantas did something similar with a Dash 8 some years ago but that one also could have been a revenue job for Flight Services to check and calibrate the early ADS-B ground stations. Cheers.

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  • airnrail
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    Originally posted by acrimmo View Post
    VH-LQQ,QOD,QOE,QOF,QOH,QOP,QOS
    Thanks - saves me trying to find it. For overseas radar spotters, it's worth noting also that the entire Qantaslink B717 fleet (about 18 frames) has ADS-B that was also fitted progressively to meet the last Air Services deadline. From my observations, there are not a lot of other ADS-B equipped B717s flying anywhere.

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