On February 13, 2016, HamWAN Memphis Metro along with partner Delta Amateur Radio Club deployed a new cell site at Methodist North Hospital. This site is the third such site to be deployed in the region, and soon much of the Delta Amateur Radio Club’s infrastructure present at the hospital will be brought on network. “We’re excited to have another regional hospital host our equipment,” says Ryan Turner, President of HamWAN Memphis Metro.

Sam K4SOF installing cabling for two point-to-point radios and two cameras.

Sam K4SOF installing cabling for two point-to-point radios and two cameras.

Located at the intersection of New Covington Pike and Austin Peay Hwy, Methodist North Hospital is the second regional hospital to host HamWAN equipment. It is approximately 120 ft tall, and the site hosts numerous amateur radio repeaters, two network cameras, and a server. The site also serves as a redundant link between the existing midtown and east town sites.

Back row from left to right: Sam Eichold K4SOF, Ryan Turner K0RET, Ben Eishen KK4HCC, Bill Stevens WC9S; front row from left to right: Jim Cissell KI4I, Tom Dichiara AC5MR, Michael Knight KK4IOH. Not pictured: Glen Popiel KW5GP and David Campbell KD4NOQ.

Back row from left to right: Sam Eichold K4SOF, Ryan Turner K0RET, Ben Eishen KK4HCC, Bill Stevens WC9S; front row from left to right: Jim Cissell KI4I, Tom Dichiara AC5MR, Michael Knight KK4IOH; not pictured: Glen Popiel KW5GP and David Campbell KD4NOQ.

The installation took a crew of eight people around seven hours to complete. All equipment was installed in the single visit. “I think everything went fairly smoothly,” said Glen Popiel KW5GP. It serves end users within a few miles radius, the Raleigh area, and the north side of Bartlett. Methodist North (MNO) is MemHamWAN’s first dual-polarity site, allowing users to connect with both horizontal and vertical polarity radios simultaneously.

Clients connecting to Methodist North should use dual polarity equipment, such as a SEXTANT G 5HPnD, QRT 5, or BaseBox 5 with a dual polarity antenna. Note that none of Mikrotik’s AC equipment is compliant with our band plan today.