Lake Almanor PWS

Back on the Network!

By: joecook1, 7:00 PM GMT on December 30, 2012

After about a month "off the air" we are finally back to normal. On Nov. 29 our wireless internet connection (Digital Path) went out after, or as a result of, a power outage during a storm. After doing some remote diagnosis with the Tech in Chico, it was decided that the "head" on the antenna in the tree needed replacement. Earliest availability of their tree climber was 12/28! After a couple of weeks we got moved up to 12/21 but that appointment was subsequently cancelled due to a good snow storm in progress, for safety reasons. Finally, on Fri. 12/28, we got a Tech and a tree climber up here with OK weather for tree climbing. It had subsequently snowed about 5 ft. and we had about 3 ft. of settle snow on the ground. Before the tree climber went up the tree, the Tech checked the fundamentals thru the diagnostic software and discovered that the antenna was set to receive a different channel than was available from transmitter. Apparently, changes had been made at the transmitter and the antennas were supposed to be reset accordingly, but our antenna didn't follow the program. The Tech reset the antenna and all was well without the climber ever going up the tree. :-) So, all is well again with uploads of our PWS KCAALMAN1, and access to the Internet is back to normal. Here's hoping it continues the rest of the winter with no hiccups. :-)

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Temporary Shut Down

By: joecook1, 2:28 AM GMT on December 02, 2012

Dec. 1, 2012

My PWS, KCAALMAN1, has been missing data since circa 3:05 pm on 11/29/12 in the middle of a rain event. When I got up here on Fri. night, it was apparent that we have lost our wireless Digital Path connection with the Mt. Dyer transmitter. Digital Path Tech Support has come to the conclusion that our antenna in the tree needs repair. That's interesting since a new one was installed this winter on 1/27/12. It is the "dish type" that is DP's high gain unit and has shown good performance up until this failure.

They say they can get to it some time after Mon. 12/3. So we will be "off the air" for a few more days it looks like.

Updated: 2:30 AM GMT on December 02, 2012

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