Good morning list,
I thought I would drop all of you a line this morning as it is the
first normal Saturday morning I have had in a month. I am sitting in
front of my PC, cup of coffee on my desk, nice chair to sit in, A/C is
rocking, little puppy in my lap and my big black lab on the floor behind
me and no generators are running within my hearing range!!!! This is a
good morning in N. Louisiana!!
I rolled in home from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi Thursday night
about 10:00pm and havent had a spare moment since. It has been a real
experience working in the "Katrina" zone these last few weeks. I will
never forget all the people and all the support that we have gotten.
None of the things we have/will accomplished would be possible if it
were not for folks like all of you. I appreciate all that yo have done
from the bottom of my heart. I know I haven't been on list and given
updates like I should have, but I have an excuse for that too. Part of
the time we had no bandwidth where we were staying and part/most of the
time we would get started at 7:00AM and not quit until 9-10:00pm and I
was totally exhausted. Sleeping on a floor was not a problem for 4 days!!
We are not through in Bay St Louis or Waveland as we are still
connecting shelters..etc. We also have a BH link to make into the Port
of Bienville (15miles?) where there are many jobs at different Port
facilities and factories like GE and an Crude oil crack plant (no smart
alec comments on the crack plant) as well as the only sewer waste
disposal plant for Hancock county that serves Bay ST Louis and Waveland.
I talked with Joe Laura yesterday and we are going to join backhauls at
our Mississippi Power tower and his Lyman, Mississippi tower. I gave him
two Tranzeo TR-5a-N radios and two 3' dishes yesterday to make that
possible and he was headed out to hang that gear yesterday. He also
offered us a place to set up camp in D'Iberville where we could stay for
the duration of our campaign down there. I am also working on a deal
with 'Rescue International" that would join our network with theirs in
Slidell, Louisiana on a water tank owned by the town. This would give us
redundancy on both ends (one 6meg and one DS3)as well as provide fail
over redundancy for both of these other groups. I thought it was a
pretty sweet deal for all of us!
We are still lacking getting into Pass Christian, Mississippi and we
really need to get that done. I have access to two towers in the area,
but am lacking help at this point in time. It would be really nice to
have someone else who can/will climb and hang this gear. I have
everything it takes to put a 5.x Backhaul and 2.4 AP with an omni there
as well as a Trango 900AP and omni. We could use a few more DB clamps,
but short of that we have what we need to complete these efforts. We
need to do the same thing when we get to Port of Bienville - - - exact
same set up and gear. ANY VOLUNTEERS?
Maximum Access, LLC.
www.radioresponse.org (Katrina relief efforts)
318-728-8600 - Rayville
318-376-2562 - cell
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