Is it feasible at all to install a 900 Cluster on an AM broadcasting tower?
Was told that this is not a good idea when we went thru Canopy Training 2yrs ago, don’t know if that has changed. I also believe that there is possible saftey issues with the towers, they need to be powered down before you even approach them?
cwingfield wrote: possible saftey issues with the towers, they need to be powered down before you even approach them?
That has to be some serious power output.... RF burn... dang!
We had the experience where an AM station installed an antenna below our existing equipment (without any forewarning).
The final solution was that we had to move our Canopy radios a considerable distance below their antenna for the Canopy to function at all, and shield everything a ridiculous amount to get performance back close to what it was.
Nothing, we were told afterwards, fares very well when mounted above an AM antenna, and we never could make the Canopy work once it gets within 20 or 30 feet.
(I don’t think it’s so much radio interference as it is induction on the wires: Before we shielded everything to the nth degree we could turn down the Canopy to 10Mb and it would work reasonably well … . after, of course, we moved to below the AM antenna).
Probably don’t want to mess with AM towers. The tower itself is the radiating element so the whole thing is “hot” when transmitting. That makes for interesting challenges when mounting equipment to them.
Also, they’re outputting tens of kilowatts of RF energy. Look at the snow melting around one of them in the winter and that will explain why you must stay away when the TX is at full power.