Solar activity is often blamed for trouble. And it sure could be. I've heard of radios that looked right into the sun at a certain time of day and year. They'd run great till things were lined up just right (or is it just wrong? hehehe) and then, poof, crappy service.

Usually it turns out to be something else though. We don't see much multipath but it does show up from time to time. Especially on longer links. Sometimes people work great till the farmer cuts the fields half way between us. Or it'll be fine till it rains on the cut field. Or it'll work great till evening when the heat inversions kick in and make that ripply effect you see on the highway.

Or it's just gear that's got a bad solder joint and the heat hits things just right to move a connection.

I've even heard of the center conductor in a coax cable expanding at a different rate from the outer jacket and getting pulled out of the female end on a connector.

If it's a multipath issue the thing to do is to move the radio up (or often down) by a foot or two at a time till you find a location with higher signal. I've seen several DB gain from moving systems down by 3 feet or up by 2. I even had one across from a lake that had to be 2 feet of the ground to get a good steady signal. Go figure.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "David E. Smith" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 10:28 AM
Subject: RE: [WISPA] 5.8 GHz PtP - weaker RSLs

On 2 Aug 2005 at 12:56, Brian Webster wrote:

Since different people saw the same problem in multiple locations I would
suspect a propagation problem, probably as a result of solar activity.

While possible, there's one thing that just makes that sound really weird.

We're using Trango gear as well, and (as Scriv mentioned) saw some similar
problems last night...

One of our Trango APs has two client SUs associated. Both links are about nine miles, but the endpoints are only about three miles apart, on the same state highway. Think of it as a "V" shape, where the AP is at the bottom of the V.
And the V is actually pointing west-to-east. But whatever.

One of those links went completely bananas, lost about 10dB of signal, dropped
connection all over the place. The other didn't skip a beat.

I have another, similar, link that did the same thing last night. One AP, three
SUs. One went bonkers, the other two were things of beauty and perfection.
Again, the endpoints are only a couple miles apart.

[newbie mode ON!]

Is solar flare activity really sufficiently "random" that this is plausible?
With clients on the same frequency, and so relatively close together, I'd
expect any really broad-scale interference to knock them all off at the same
time, instead of just doing so randomly.

David Smith
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