Takes no more than a few minutes to perform a peak hold Bob,  maybe you
should get one and play with it a bit.  It's a very powerful tool and I
think your opinion will change.   

I agree that we have two different schools of thought. 
1. Plan the play, play the plan.
2. Show up for the game.

Cliff was doing the right thing by doing a spectrum analysis, esp knowing
that he was going to go trough some existing equipment.  Anything short of
that would be irresponsible.  I would say to Cliff that if they cannot
produce results from the analyzer, graphs and charts than it's worthless and
done improperly,  just because you have an analyzer doesn't mean you know
how to use it.  

If it's helpful I will post some shots to a website if Cliff thinks that it
is helpful.  

Dustin Jurman
Rapid Systems Corporation
1211 North Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
Building Better Infrastructure!

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of Bob Moldashel
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2006 10:17 AM
To: WISPA General List
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Flawed Spectrum Analysis (I think!)

Dustin Jurman wrote:

>If the spectrum analyzer is left in place for a period of time and setup
>with "peak hold" you will quickly find that radio that is used at the end
>the day. It still speaks, handshakes and more. 

I don't know about you but I'm not about to leave a spectrum analyzer 
180' up a tower for any period of time.

>Just setting up big shots and blowing people out is bad business for
I am not saying to blow people out of the water with power. I am saying 
to make sure you have ample power and gain to supply a solid signal. 
Running at -78 on a link is not a solid signal in my mind.  We only use 
equipment where we can control the power. We don't run full bore unlike 
alot of WISP operators. We don't plug radios like Motorola Canopy units 
into omni's. And my opinion is if I blow that guy off the air, so be 
it.  It was not properly engineered to begin with. It was finacially 
engineered to get by cheap.

>If the customer wants a quality shot then there should be no
>problem doing a spectrum analysis, freq decision and installation shortly

But the point is moot if Johnny O comes along on your channel tomorrow 
and blows you off the air (I am only using him as an example).  Then the 
customer is all pissy because he spent money for spectrum analysis that 
was totally moot.

>I agree it's only good for a certain amount of time, but if the customer
>wants a reliable shot then due diligence is better than chance luck.  

I don't think a properly engineered link is chance luck. We don't just 
pick a channel out of thin air and go with it. Alot of engineering goes 
into it. Spectrum analysis is just not a factor 99.999 percent of the time.



Bob Moldashel
Lakeland Communications, Inc.
Broadband Deployment Group
1350 Lincoln Avenue
Holbrook, New York 11741 USA
800-479-9195 Toll Free US & Canada
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