Two more eventful days in Dharamsala.
Yesterday, we replaced one of the antennas on the main Upper-TCV
mast. The new high-gain flat-panel antenna (18dBi) is now giving excellent signal to TCV-Gopalpur and Norbulinkga.
The new dual-antenna mast at Upper-TCV.
Antenna enemy – Gray Languor monkey - 100Kg.
While we where working on the roof, I got a sudden attack of pain in my toe. I hardly made it home, yet the pain was just getting worse. I used Skype to call Dr. Barry La. who leaves below TCV and gets Internet connectivity via the Mesh. Dr. Barry, immediately diagnosed the problem as a
Gout attack. Thanks to the high-speed Internet, the Dr. was able to find what locally available drug would best help me and to confirm that this medication will not interfere with other medicine which I’m taking. 10 minutes later, I got the medicine to my home. The pain was unbearable until about 4am, when I finally fall asleep. In the morning, the antenna team appeared at my door. I was not well enough for the climb to Cholla tower, but we decided that I can drive the bike as far as IndruNag tower, and they will continue alone from there. We drove 3 motorbikes up the semi-motor-able road to IndruNag. Lead by the expedition leader Phuntsok La, the team continued toward Cholla while I stayed behind to replace the solar-panel of IndruNag. The new 35w panel, should support a Mesh router and an Access-Point for 24 hours.
The solar-panel on the roof of the Hindu Temple.
The 8dBi Omni-directional antenna behind, with the residence of H.H. Dalai Lama in the background (green roof).
Now I wait for the team to return from Colla. Already got the word that they broke two slate roof-tiles of one of the village houses next to the tower, where they installed two solar panels. New tiles are being sent tonight.
Hope they bring back some nice photos to post later today.