TwinsLAN has a number of ongoing activities and regularly undertakes special projects. Like any organization, TwinsLAN also has a long list of things we would like to accomplish in the future. And, while the TwinsLAN packet network occasionally experiences some failures, we try to track these problems until they are repaired.
TwinsLAN maintains a packet radio network, as described elsewhere on these pages (see "TwinsLAN Net"). TwinsLAN uses that network to deliver packet services during several events throughout the year, including the Twin Cities Marathon.
TwinsLAN has held at least a dozen "packet and
radio work parties" over the last several years. The intent of the work parties is to
bring test equipment and knowledge to the aid of people in the Twin Cities area who
are having problems with their packet stations or other equipment. During the most recent
work parties, we've worked on node site equipment for several sysops, the TCMAN UHF
data repeater, the U of M voice repeater, tuned several duplexers, and helped more
than 10 people repair or setup their packet equipment. The work parties start at
9AM and are supposed to be over by 5PM. But in several cases we had to come back on
Sunday to finish. This year the last person didn't leave until 10PM on several occasions.
Our thanks to Ramsey County Emergency Services for providing a
location for the work parties.
Our most recent project was the conversion of a number of Motorola Mitrek radios to 9600 bps service for use with the TwinsLAN 9600 bps repeater. We hope to post details on this project in the future.
TwinsLAN To-Do List
|11/2003||Repair TLANR UHF Link|
|11/2003||Replace Micor base station at TLANR w/ Dual Mitrek radios|
|9/1999||Upgrade EPROMS in repeater TNCs|
|1/2003||Upgrade EPROMs in TLANW||Completed|
|9/1999||Explore changing UHF link to another frequency|
|9/1999||Modify D4-10 radio and install as southern node|
|9/1999||Configure 1200 bps equipment for new Cottage Grove site|
|12/2000||Remove, refurbish, re-install TLANN at new location|
|12/2000||Refurbish & assemble TLANS for new location in Burnsville|
|12/2000||Remove old TLANS antennas from old TLANS site|
TwinsLAN Network Problem Reports
|9/2002||TLANR||UHF link TNC hangs, must be replaced|
This page last updated 07.06.2003
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