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Man Builds 60-foot Tower to Get Highspeed Access

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the overcoming-obstacles dept.

Wireless Networking 348

Matt Russell writes "A church was blocking the only high speed signal in town, so he decided he needed to go higher. This is the story of one man's quest to build a 60-foot reception tower in his yard and retire his modem once and for all." From the article: "Well, if you want to have a tower, you need to find one. Buying a new tower is not a good idea, since there are plenty of used ones. In my case, I was in need of a tower that was at least 50', which would cost around $1,000 USD for a new one. The way I searched was pretty simple. I spread the word around town that I was looking for one, and I drove around to see if there was a house with an old TV tower or something like that. If a 30' tower would be enough for you, go to a small town and look for TV tower. If you find one that looks to be in good shape, just go knock on the door and ask if you can buy it. At least 90% of people don't use them anymore, so it's a good place to start! "

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oh (4, Funny)

coaxeus (911103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14846982)

er, what? Wouldn't GPRS or something be a little more bang for buck ? (no, I didn't RTFA)

Re:oh (5, Interesting)

coaxeus (911103) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847005)

okay read it a bit.. "and not when everyone around me, just far enough away from the church, would have it." .. "I would build a sixty-plus foot tower so I could intercept the signal! " Why not buy one or two $30 wireless routers and a directional antenna and share with a neighbor that isn't behind a church then. Honestly.

Re:oh (5, Funny)

Jherek Carnelian (831679) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847099)

Why not buy one or two $30 wireless routers and a directional antenna and share with a neighbor that isn't behind a church then.
Honestly


Spoken like a woman who doesn't understand that the measure of a man's true worth is the size of his tower.

This is off-topic but... (1, Offtopic)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847169)

I at was 7-11 this morning when a guy got pissed off at a store clerk and followed him outside arguing. His wife said, "Does he want to go back to prison? Only a stupid man would go back to prison!" The other store clerk replied, "Not unless he's homesick."

Re:oh (2, Funny)

jzeejunk (878194) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847162)

but then you don't make it to the coverpage of slashdot :p

Re:oh (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847167)

It's not that hard to find friends (usually, a friend's workmate's friend, etc, etc) who can agree to have an antenna on their roof. Usually, just giving them a sliver of bandwidth or even just a rebate in purchasing that sliver off you will make them agree.

And then you'll find yourself to be the main ISP in your town :p

Re:oh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847249)

What some people won't do for porn....

Why not build it yourself? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14846985)

In Scouts we used to lash wood together to build structures. A forty foot tower is not hard to build this way.

Re:Why not build it yourself? (1)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847066)

Really?! In Scouts all we ever did was build those little wooden cars ... actually the fathers built them.

HOWTO: (5, Funny)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847085)

O.K., so I read this. The howto can be summarized thusly-

1: Have a Father in the building trades

2: "Dad, help!"

Re:Why not build it yourself? (1)

aschlemm (17571) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847129)

How many years could one expect lashed together wood to survive the elements? For this DIY project you want something solid that's going to last for many years exposed to the elements (rain,snow,ice,wind,and sun) and not fall down and destory property, or kill somebody,

Re:Why not build it yourself? (2, Funny)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847227)

At sixty feet you start worrying about wind knocking things down, wood rotting and the simple fact that its a fire hazard. Also, wood is fine for short term use, but considering this guy is thinking about keeping the tower up for years, wood isn't going to cut it.

Re:Why not build it yourself? (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847308)

Ah, but would it meet code?

News at 11 (5, Funny)

Slash Veteran (561542) | more than 8 years ago | (#14846987)

Man installs TV aerial

plans to install new mailbox and gutters next weekend

details at 11

No kidding (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847065)

WTF is news about this? Ham operators have been installing 60' towers in their back yards for oh, about 100 years now. I totally don't get it.

Re:News at 11 (2, Funny)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847359)

No! The Honeydew List is supposed to be write-only memory! You're not supposed to actually do any of the things written on it!

Ahem (1, Funny)

anonicon (215837) | more than 8 years ago | (#14846993)

I for one welcome our new pickup truck, towerbearing oooooooooooverlords. :-)
Chuck

heh (1)

bicycleguy (692686) | more than 8 years ago | (#14846994)

I'll be damnd if I sell my tower. How could I get my pirate station out otherwise?

Re:heh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847261)

You'll need to sell the tower to pay the fines when the FCC catches up with you.
(Fines start at around $10K, BTW).

Babel 2.0 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847013)

Babel 2.0

how about bartering for access to the tower (5, Informative)

skidv (656766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847016)

I didn't see the protocol (was it wifi?) in the article, but why not ask the church to put a repeater in their tower in exchange for setting up their computer to access the same ISP?

Another case of over engineering the solution to the problem.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (4, Informative)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847059)

I didn't see the protocol (was it wifi?) in the article, but why not ask the church to put a repeater in their tower in exchange for setting up their computer to access the same ISP?

Since this is a digg repeat, I'll tell you what he said. ;) Evidently, he asked them if they could work something out and they said no.

It is overengineering a bit, but not so much if you actually do have access to the crap he has and the ability to do it.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847155)

That was wonderfully Christian of them, as well as helping their community.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847266)

Who said it was a Christian church?

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (2, Funny)

Meagermanx (768421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847395)

They were getting in the way of a man and his porn, weren't they?

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847312)

Since this is a digg repeat

oh shut up you stupid fucking idiot. digg and slashdot are not even remotely similar. slashdot cannot "repeat" from digg, and digg cannot "repeat" from slashdot. digg is dumb shit for glassy-eyed web2.0 blogger fucking complete fucking loser types. slashdot is for nerds.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (1)

skidv (656766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847063)

I regret my previous comment.

Now he can share the ISP with those even further away. Next ... how to build a repeater. Or convert to wi-fi and use an established wi-fi repeater and antenna.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847070)

They said I couldn't use their connection to surf for porn.

Re:how about bartering for access to the tower (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847327)

ePenis.

hmm (0, Redundant)

eobanb (823187) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847018)

I'm wondering what sort of internet access this actually is. Wi-Fi? Anyway, this seems a little silly; it seems like he could run some co-ax and position a smaller antenna so that it's not being obscured by the church. Or how about just asking the church if he can put a small antenna in their steeple and re-broadcast it (either in its original form or with wi-fi or something)? I'm sure they'd be fine with that. I'd only put a tower up like this if it came with other benefits (maybe if I decided to put a TV and radio antenna on it also).

Why didn't he use some kind of missile? (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847023)

Man: [uibk.ac.at] Well I've always said, There's nothing an agnostic can't do if he really doesn't know whether he believes in anything or not.

Rohn 25 (2, Informative)

smnolde (209197) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847024)

Buy some used rohn 25 or similar at a ham radio hamfest or swapfest. The tower comes in 10 foot sections and is self supporting to 60 feet. Put half a section in a yard of cement and go up from there. A hinge bracket at the bottom rocks all.

And if you have more money to spend get a Hazer system [isohunt.com] so you don't have to climb the tower to get your antennas to the top.

Re:Rohn 25 (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847101)

Yep. That's what I did when I needed a tower. Worked great! Got my no-fear-of-heights friend to climb the tower and aim the antenna.

Re:Rohn 25 (1)

mwilliamson (672411) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847296)

Self supporting to 60 feet? Bullshit!!!

Re:Rohn 25 (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847360)

Maybe not, but Rohn SCL can do 80 feet unsupported... At least.

The atheist solution (5, Funny)

Tx (96709) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847031)

Personally, I'd have knocked down the church instead. Less practical, but infinitely more satisfying.

Re:The atheist solution (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847051)

I willing to bet the church wanted nothing to do with a tower. Those pastors know how much porn would be flowing through that thing.

"Heres the church, heres the steeple, broadcasting sodomy to all the people."

Re:The atheist solution (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847098)

I'm agnostic. I'm not sure if I want to demolish the church or not.
Sometimes it seems like a good idea, other times ... not so much.

Re:The atheist solution (5, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847122)

That's the solution they've been trying in Alabama, but people keep repairing the churches and putting out the fires.

Re:The atheist solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847204)

Re:The atheist solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847212)

If you were a conservative Athiest, you would outsource the work to your local Klan.

Re:The atheist solution (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847265)

This story is another case of the church blocking the future.

Re:The atheist solution (0, Flamebait)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847285)

Less practical, but infinitely more satisfying.

What do you mean "less practical"? I'd say that by knocking down the church, you'd increase the area's average "practical" rate by quite a bit!

Re:The atheist solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847403)

{\sarcasm Why stop there? Let's burn all the muslims and black people as well. That would do wonders for "practical," and oh so very satisfying.} Oh, it's only offensive if you make fun of Christians, huh?

Karma whore (4, Informative)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847032)

It's dying already.... Coral cache [nyud.net]

Re:Karma whore (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847379)

as usual, the coral cache is completely fucking dead and the site is still up. quit posting this useless shit, you worthless fucking tool.

Re:Karma whore (0)

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"Taken from the article" (1)

yottabite (921008) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847046)

"this is a direct quote" and "so is this" read more

A Weather Balloon Is Cheaper (and Portable) (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847047)

Use a weather balloon. It's cheaper and, as long as it's tied down, legal.

And you can sell ad space to pay for it!

Planning? (3, Interesting)

megla (859600) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847050)

That's some impressive DIY.
However, in my country (the UK), you can't just slap up something like that without going through an extremely tedious planning consultation with the local authority - usually your city or district council. This is both expensive (all has to be nice and legal etc) and time consuming. If you put it up without planning, you can apply for retrospective planning permission, but if it's refused then you have to tear it down (or the men in suits come do it for you). Quite a deterrant to similar DIY projects.
What sort of approval (if any) is needed for this sort of thing stateside?

Re:Planning? (1)

Desert Raven (52125) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847081)

It depends entirely on where you live.

The larger the municipality, the more unlikely it is you will get the permits for it. However, in unincorporated land, you might not need any permit at all.

Re:Planning? (1)

topham (32406) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847313)


If he has a ham license it is almost impossible to stop him.

As long as the installation is not a saftyhazard and meets a few, basic requirements it will be approved. Even if the local community doesn't want it.

My question isn't why didn't he talk with the church, it's quite possibly they would have allowed a passive repeater on the roof. A lot less work.

Re:Planning? (1)

istartedi (132515) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847114)

My thoughts too. In the states you have to check local zoning. That's usually at the city or county level, but to be safe check to make sure the state doesn't care. Then at the lower levels you may have community covenants or home owner's associations. It's not impossible though. In Springfield, VA where I grew up there was a ham who had some towers on his property not much smaller than this. His neighbors must have hated him, but it was all legal. It may have been grandfathered in from before though, since things seem to have gotten more restrictive.

Re:Planning? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847195)

btw the article submitter was in canada not the USA.

Non-Permanent Structure (UK) (1)

Burning Plastic (153446) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847294)

If you set it up so that you can take it down then it comes under the non-permanent structure legislation (like scaffolding and basic garden sheds). By doing this, you can have it in place for as long as you want unless someone makes a direct complaint, and by that point you should be able to have planning permission for a permanent one ready...

Re:Planning? (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847381)

In many places in the USA, if it's below a certain maximum height, you don't need permission. If it's above that height, you may need more paperwork.

Zoning commissions also need a better reason than "I think towers are ugly" to deny a permit, or they can get in trouble with the FCC, which regulates telecommunications at the federal level.

Two Points (2, Interesting)

Trip Ericson (864747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847053)

1. In the discussion over on Digg, it was noted that he was able to build this cheaper than most would because he had "connections."

2. To those asking if this is Wi-Fi, it could be what I have. I'm not sure what it is, but it operates on the 900MHz band (I know, my cordless phone destroys the internet). I have a UHF Yagi in the attic pointed at a tower at the elementary school 3 miles away. The signal barely makes it over a hill in front of my house to get it. But I'm not complaining, I get 1Mbps both ways (128kb uploads, 128kb downloads) with it and it's neither a telco nor a cable co.

chrch blocks access (3, Funny)

Pugzilla (946437) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847056)

I hate when the church does that

Very Nice Lightning Rod ! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847060)

Don't they get lightning in his neighborhood?

Also, I assume he asked the church that was 30m away (~ 100 feet, much less than the 200 feet max) whether he could just put a small antenna inside their bell-tower...

Ebay it (1)

Life700MB (930032) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847076)


Just look for it at ebay!


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Zoning? (1)

mordors9 (665662) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847078)

The Code Enforcement Officer will be out next week to fine him for the zoning violation.

Re:Zoning? (1)

Russ Nelson (33911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847120)

I put a 50' tower up here [acme.com] and nobody complained.

Lightning protection (4, Interesting)

Tiger4 (840741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847082)

I saw he put a grounding line on the thing, and a ground rod. But Something that tall and close to an inhabited structure should really have a heavier line that goes right to the top. Lightning will fry that #6 conductor pretty fast, and then where will it want to run? Oh, by the way, he has thoughtfully provided a fortuitous conductor that leads directly into his computer! Two words, " lightning arrestor "

And I wasn't too thrilled with his weld quality either. Looks like it was showing rust in the picture. And the bottom plate looked like it would hold water, not shed it. Overall, I'm not sure I'd want it next to my home.

The guy is a masochist? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847088)

Why not just put a repeater on top of the Church:

1) Cheaper, less hassle and less chance of calling attention of bullies
2) Can share/resell connection to the whole town, instead of his side.
3) Chance to get to know the priest, while the repeater is installed on the church...

So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (2, Interesting)

cowmix (10566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847089)

I built a solar powered repeater for my Internet access. Where is my cookie?!

http://cowmix.com/solar6/compressed/ [cowmix.com]

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (1)

SaDan (81097) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847231)

That's pretty spiffy. You DO deserve a cookie!

Do you have plans for that setup on the web, or just the pictures? I'd be interested in seeing what you used to put that together.

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (1)

commonchaos (309500) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847233)

I'm interested in this. Can you put more details online?

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (1)

cowmix (10566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847405)

Setup: two 40 watt panel, two deep cycle marine batteries, a voltage regulator, two 24dbi gain 2.4gig antennas, some 'pro' 2.4 gig pre-amps and filters...

It was used to 'repeat' a MMDS wireless Internet signal.. Unfortunately, it was an analog... one way repeater.. The upstream was via a modem.

The equipement was placed here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=43908+N+10 th+St,+New+River,+AZ+85087&ll=33.883086,-112.06382 5&spn=0.006262,0.013561&t=h [google.com]

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (5, Funny)

krbvroc1 (725200) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847248)

I built a solar powered repeater for my Internet access. Where is my cookie?!

Name: user
Content: 10566:WEFiwgefWEFHwfweih
Domain: .slashdot.org
Path: /
Send For: Any type of connection
Expires: 05/01/2006 10:12:12 AM

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (1)

dysan27 (913206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847329)

Thank-you, that comment made my day.

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (1)

dysan27 (913206) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847288)

Put an actual artical together and you too can be on /.
I, for one, would be interested in the construction of a home built repeater

Re:So what.. I built a solar powered repeater... (4, Funny)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847340)

Here. [doubleclick.net]

Radio signal (1)

evildogeye (106313) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847095)

There are some areas of Tucson, AZ in which you can get a high speed Internet signal via radio wave, but you need a line of sight that isn't available in many places. Unfortunately, most places which do not have line of sight to high speed Internet providers but are within their range have building codes against huge towers.

Same problem in Alabama (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847103)

personality (1)

psycho chic (958251) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847108)

wow, that guy must be the town weirdo...i dont know what i would think if someone asked to buy my farm's TV tower.

It is amazing... (1)

Chordonblue (585047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847119)

...what some people will do to get their broadband - but I understand it. I wasn't here at the school 3 days before I was hanging out a 3rd story window running CAT 5 to my apartment.

On another note, I wonder what you do to ground this sort of thing. I mean, we can get some pretty strong lightning here. How do you keep lightning from destroying your computer/wireless equipment in this case?

Re:It is amazing... (1)

Gaewyn L Knight (16566) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847181)

Cat 5 usually handles surges fairly well... If you do have a problem it usually blows the port that you are connected to on each end but not the actual unit... This is where cheap 24 port hubs come in ;P

Re:It is amazing... (1)

Osty (16825) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847232)

On another note, I wonder what you do to ground this sort of thing. I mean, we can get some pretty strong lightning here. How do you keep lightning from destroying your computer/wireless equipment in this case?

I assume you'd do the same thing you'd do in any other case of "tall stuff" (like a TV antenna) -- put a lightning rod [wikipedia.org] on the tower that extends well above the tower's height, and run the insulated ground cable down to the ground.

Obsviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847135)

...Another clear attempt by the church to block widespred broadcast of information.

They dont want another renaissance!

Down with them all!

Re:Obsviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847209)

rATHER FUNNY THAT THE cANDIAN CLAIMS HIS CEMENT TUBES ARE 1 METER IN DIAMETER AND MAYBE THREE FEET LONG, WHEN THEY ARE MORE LIKE 6 FEET LONG.oF COURSE HE DOESNT KNOW THIS SINCE THEY USE METRIC SYSTEM

The Church May Let You Hang An Antenna... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847164)

on/from their tower.

No need to be contentious - most pastors are open to such ideas, especially if there's a problem. They're usually really nice people and understand.

Why not try the direct approach, that is, just ask them?!

Re:The Church May Let You Hang An Antenna... (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847378)

"Hey padre, I'm trying to download some gay midget goat porn off of eMule, do you think you could let me put this antenna on your church to help?"

This guy is the Internet's natural enemy (1)

Thundersnatch (671481) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847189)

So he digs a 7-foot deep hole, using a backhoe, without even consulting the local utility companies? Right next to a commercial building no less. The jerk is lucky he didn't hit gas or sewer mains...

Re:This guy is the Internet's natural enemy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847237)

This was done in the countryside... folks there usually don't have city gas and sewer lines. They know were their gas and septic tanks are located. It might be hard for city slickers to understand this.

Re:This guy is the Internet's natural enemy (1)

WRoach (863245) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847343)

1- There is no gas lines available in this guy's town (very few cities have it in quebec)
2- Sewer lines are burried under the road. So there's no problem digging in your backyard.

Re:This guy is the Internet's natural enemy (2, Informative)

big tex (15917) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847297)

Really the only good way to dig a hole, actually.
I don't know what the number is in canada, but 800-dig-safe gets you to a office where the utilities will mark out your property. Works great and it's the law.

Although, I'm much more scared about his globby welding.
Yikes.

Re:This guy is the Internet's natural enemy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847380)

Maybe he just forgot to mention that he called the utilities first.

Picture of the tower? (2, Interesting)

Zaurus (674150) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847198)

Four whole pages with pictures, and NO PICTURE OF THE TOWER?

I want my $0 back.

Re:Picture of the tower? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847226)

there is at the bottom of the last page. maybe you just had loading problems (the site timed out once on an entire page for me and needed some refreshing to get all the images. coral cache was even worse)

the image with the whole tower can be found at http://www.short-media.com/images/articles/tower_i mages/final.jpg [short-media.com]

And what do you know (4, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847216)

so what happened in the next few weeks?
(multiple choice questions)
A. The church was blown up in a terrorist attack.
B. The churche's tower was raised by 60 more feet to get the honest christ followers closer to their god.
C. Rogers finally started providing cable Internet at that location.
D. FBI came to the guy's house with various questions on the suspicious activity and took the tower as material proof from the possible crime scene.

or

E. A bunch of angry construction workers burned the house down for stealing all that cement, cement rings and the freaking tower? :)

---

Really, the story should've been called "A man finds a way to get a whole bunch of stuff for free and installs a tower in the meanwhile."

main problem with the hole digging (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847223)

was getting all that damned fiber out of the way..

60 Foot Lightning Rod (1)

BiggRanger (787488) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847229)

That'll be good for his wireless reception. BANG!

Wuss! (3, Funny)

davidc (91400) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847230)

50 foot tower?

Pah!

He should'a installed a space elevator in his yard. Advantages: antenna can be positioned at any altitude, communications with access points, police, aliens, etc. rendered easy. Pays for itself from orbital launch fees. Can be covered with tasteful beanstalk for camouflage.

Aliens? Where's that nanotube hat of mine?

Probably (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847238)

Its probly a small little ISP like Microserv http://home.ida.net/ [ida.net] I use it when I come back home every summer. It's great because the only other choice we would have is Comcast Cable(which is quite popular in our town) or Qwest DSL(expensive!)

He should of saved his money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14847263)


I hear these [apexexporters.com] are a good way of removing things that get in the way at the moment
looks like [christianexaminer.com] a few WiFi fans who have started already

Slashdotted! (1)

wildzeke (191754) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847267)

Can everyone stop going to the site for 15 minutes so I can read the story?

Thanks!

Great idea, but wouldn't cable be better? (0)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847299)

I've helped set up cable modem service in a town of 1,000 people. It's not hard, you keep all the stuff in the city hall/library building (or fire station, or whatever), usually in a closet.

Then you just run the wires along the main drag and spin out from there.

Once it's up and running, you set up a base station for the cable (could use a satellite feed too, depends on where you are), then to get wireless most people just buy something like the cheap $29 cable modem 11b/g wireless basestation I have.

Most installations like that can get 8-10 Mbps, and even if you can't get good equipment, it's not hard to get 2-4 Mbps up and running.

I think they even have federal and state grants you can apply for, especially if you make sure it has a hookup for the wireless in the library, firestation, or city hall (usually, you only have one place, but it's the big building).

If you live in feedlot country, it might be the Grange.

Color me unimpressed (1)

grioghar (228683) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847353)

We've been doing this for 6 years now [kansas.net] . We built a 70ft tower to get a lawyer here in town on, and this tower was built ON HIS ROOF, guide cables and all. All that, just so he had low ping times to one of the greatest Quake II servers ever, quakeII.kansas.net.

Stick it to the Lord! (1)

dokebi (624663) | more than 8 years ago | (#14847356)

Good job sticking it to God. And when he tries to strike you down with a Thunderbold, your tower will save you!
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