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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:32 pm    Post subject: HAMWAN + ICASA 2.3Ghz + 3.3Ghz comments Reply with quote

Hams to put their comments regarding the issue....
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Xarion...we will watching this space Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all transcript of the meeting last night
its a mp3 file 9Mb big.

http://www.lrlabs.com/hams/meeting.mp3

from the wug:
ftp://172.16.11.35/hams/meeting.mp3

73 de Leon


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Team,

To me it does not look like 2.3Ghz belongs to the Amateurs anymore??
Here is the link to the latest bandplan.

www.icasa.org.za/EngineeringTechnology/SouthAfricaTableofFrequencies/tabid/114/ctl/ItemDetails/mid/648/ItemID/215/Default.aspx


1240-1300Mhz is amateur Band
5650-5830Mhz is amateur band

Nothing inbetween??

Techie Shocked
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wireless User Group or WUG, now that reminds me of the South Park episode where Randy guesses Niggers instead of Naggers in a Wheel of Fortune game. Okay, now that I have your attention, read on:

One of the MyPE Forumites, Gromit, is busy putting a group of Port Elizabethan's together that are interested in forming a Wireless User Group and I have just spent a fascinating couple of hours having a look at the work that has been done by other WUG's across South Africa and the world. See the PE WiFi web site HERE.

The basic premise behind the establishment of a WUG is the right to share data free of charge. Things appear to get complicated when you jump in and research that basic philosophy, so we have attempted to give you a 'layman's' overview. As with any so called revolutionary idea, it takes a few philanthropic 'fanatics' to really give impetus to the idea. One thing that resonated with me when talking to Gromit was the following examples that he gave me of 'real world' applications for a WUG:

* You want to download the latest Windows updates. Rather than everyone doing it, let one person do it and share it.
* Looking for the latest Heroes episodes, can't afford the 700Mb download on your ADSL? Someone out there has got it already and inevitably will be willing to share it.
* Keen on a quick session of Call of Duty FPS? Log on to the networks game server play to your heart's content without the cost of normal online gaming.
* Got a friend who is connected, want to chat without spending the money on an SMS/phone call. Use VoIP to contact him over the network.

The similarities between a WUG and Ham Radio are similar in deployment but the upside with a WUG in the South African context is huge. Consider the simple scenario of the latest Windows Updates - over the life of my XP OS the total downloaded files for necessary updates runs into many Gigabytes. If I had access to secure file sharing network such as a WUG, the savings would have been large. Gromit is pretty confident about the security of the WUG and used the word impenetrable (Prefaced with ALMOST, of course). The beauty of the WUG is that it is made up of a group of like minded individuals who see the tangible benefits and are willing to share knowledge, and files. Another way of looking at a WUG is to use the real world example of the Linux Operating System, which is free, Open Source and built and improved upon by many enthusiasts all over the world. Now, there is a good lesson for mankind!

The frequency for WUG's to operate on is a public access 2.4 Mhz frequency which ICASA has set aside for this specific purpose. As the frequency is quite high, anyone accessing a WUG will need to have line of sight access to their nearest Access Point. One access point, depending upon the height of installation should cover a distance of 10 kilometres.

Okay so what do you need to get started?

Your basic components are a Router, a Radio a Antennae and some Software to fetch the files with. The Wug.za.net site has some well illustrated pages for the Router, Radio and Antennae. With a WUG initially being an enthusiasts form of networking we also have some 'home made' antennae, such as this one made from a Pet Food Can. In fact the term for these homemade antennas is cantenna, originally inspired through use of the Pringles Can. Keep up to date with Port Elizabeth WUG equipment suppliers and WUG Hardware requirements HERE. Early indications are that the equipment will cost below the R1 000.00 mark. Once you have laid your grubby paws on a Router, Radio and Antennae you need to install your equipment and access the main Access Point, hoping that more than one person has joined the WUG as it will be no fun sharing your own files with yourself!

In order to download the files available on the Wireless User Group you will need some File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Software. FTP is is a network protocol used to transfer data from one computer to another through a network, such as over the Internet and now over the WUG. There are many FTP software packages and most are free, with FileZilla being one.

An important thing to remember is that a WUG does not connect you to the internet, only files available on local machines are able to be shared across the WUG. Of course this does not mean that one cannot share files already downloaded from the Internet and stored on your local machine.

There are WUG's in all the major centres; Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Stellenbosch, Sandown, Somerset West, Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein, Namibia, Klerksdorp and Pretoria.

If you would like to get involved, contact Gromit via PM or register on the PE WiFi web site and ask questions.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Team,

Looks like this PEWUG also uses the ISM license free channels..

We still trying to get answers from icasa....

bye!! Confused
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