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60 Feet to High Speed: man builds own reception tower

60 Feet to High Speed: man builds own reception tower


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Introduction: Why I Need a Tower

Have you ever faced a real challenge whose only solution most people would consider too crazy or difficult? In this article you will learn about one of the most challenging personal projects I’ve done, and it was all in the name of Internet access. The goal was simple: throw away 56k and upgrade to high-speed internet. Sound easy? Think again.

I live in a small town with a population under 2,000. I was stuck with a 56k modem for nine years because no other option is available in my town. However, I learned of a new service provider that could allow me to get between 250 and 320 k/s. It sounded great!

church

Well, the situation was more complicated. The provider informed me they put a transmitting tower in my town approximately one kilometre from my house, but there could be absolutely no interference between the transmitting tower and my house. Herein lay the problem: there was a very large church less than 30 meters from my house, and so the signal had no way to reach me. I should have forgotten about it at that point, but I’m not that kind of person. Not after 9 years of waiting, and not when everyone around me, just far enough away from the church, would have it.

transmit_tower

Eventually, I came up with a plan. I would build a sixty-plus foot tower so I could intercept the signal! Well, that’s a simple thing to say, but it’s another story to really to do it. This is the story of how one man got the Internet access he craved, and how others can follow in his footsteps (just in case you ever need to build a sixty-foot tower in your backyard).

Step 1: Selecting a location

There are many things you need to consider before erecting a giant tower, of course. You need to determine if you have enough space. You also need to choose a location that will allow you to use less than 200 feet of wiring to reach your computer, or it could affect the transfer rate. Because of this, placing it closer to your house is preferable. Ideally, it should be placed next to a wall, so you don’t need to dig a trench to run cables underground from the tower to your home. It should be a place where you don’t have to go or look very often (for example, don’t put it one meter from your swimming pool or near where you like to sit in the sun).

For me, the best place was behind the post office (we own the property and rent part of the building to the government). It was close to the house, and almost nobody goes there. I also took some precaution to be sure it would be able to reach the signal (I recommend calling your ISP to locate the transmitting tower if you’re not certain where it is). The location is just beyond the side of the church’s bell-tower and aligned with the transmitting tower. Perfect.

Step 2: Finding a tower

Well, if you want to have a tower, you need to find one. Buying a new tower is not a good idea, since there are plenty of used ones. In my case, I was in need of a tower that was at least 50′, which would cost around $1,000 USD for a new one.

The way I searched was pretty simple. I spread the word around town that I was looking for one, and I drove around to see if there was a house with an old TV tower or something like that. If a 30′ tower would be enough for you, go to a small town and look for TV tower. If you find one that looks to be in good shape, just go knock on the door and ask if you can buy it. At least 90% of people don’t use them anymore, so it’s a good place to start!

I searched for a week without any good results. I found several, but they were in bad shape and not higher than 40′. Then my father called me and said, “I found one, and a big one!”

My father works in a cement shop, and he realised that at the back of the courtyard there was a big tower that was once used as an ‘internal communication device’. I made a call, and, since my father worked for them for 30 years, I got the tower for only $100 CND. A tower like this is priced at about $1,400 CND for a new one!

I had the tower, but not in my backyard. It was time to take this baby home!

Step 3: Going home (part one)

My first real challenge was that the base of the tower was at least four feet underground. I did the only thing I could: dig! It took me about 4-5 hours to dig it out and clear the path to the base. If you go searching for a tower, look for a tower with a clean base, as it will save you both time and strength.

Even after the path to the base was clean, I couldn’t just unscrew the base and take this all-in-one 60-foot tower home on my back. The idea of unscrewing the 10 sections of the tower one by one and trying to not fall while climbing up and down with the sections was not something I would consider a good time. Then, after turning in circles and considering what to do, in the shop’s courtyard I noticed a truck equipped with a small crane on the back.

I spoke with my father and then with the driver of the truck. The driver was willing to help me after his job for $30 CND. I unscrewed the tower at the middle section, and we used the crane to lower the upper section on the ground. Then, I unscrewed the four other sections one by one and then unscrewed the upper section while it was safely on the ground. It saved me time and probably quite a bit of pain. It was a well spent $30 CND!

The base section of the tower was solidly anchored directly in cement with no bolt or screw. I decided to cut each leg of the tower with a blowtorch, because breaking down the cement base to remove the leg would be too long and difficult. I put a nylon wire around the base of the tower to guide as I cut so I would hit the same place on each leg. I think I did a pretty decent job!

Even after all that, I still wasn’t ready to give up.

Step 4: The base

When I hit the base while digging, I saw that the base of the tower was screwed into a large block of cement. I did a little research at this point and found something interesting. To have a solid based tower, you need to have a cement base running at least four feet into the ground. If you live in an area with cold winters and snow, you need six feet to be safe. This is because freezing and thawing will slowly move your block of cement and wiggle it out of the ground over time. So, if you plan to keep the tower for more than two years, you’d better go with six feet.

A six foot-deep base is a lot of cement! If you plan to build a tower, it will probably be here that you sink the largest amount of money.

As I mentioned, my father works in a cement shop, creating things like cement piping. They also make cement sections that look like pieces of a cement tube, 1 meter in diameter and maybe 3 feet long. Sometimes, these parts do not pass quality tests and get scrapped. I bought two of these for $25 CND each. I then used them as a container to fill with cement, which is a lot easier than digging a hole and building a wooden cage to receive the cement.

3cement

Everyday at the shop they have a small amount of cement that goes to scrap. I asked my father to take the extra cement and put it in my cement tubes. It didn’t cost me a single dollar!

inside3cement

Before it was filled though, I needed a plan to stabilize the tower on the block of cement. I talked with my father and had an idea. My plan was to cut a foot off each leg of the tower, make a steel triangular plate, and then weld three new legs onto which I’ll weld the base of the tower.

I also thought of something very useful to fix the plate on the cement block. I bought a long, grooved, metal rod which I cut into three pieces. I made a wooden pattern to mark where the holes in the plate would line up and placed it on the top of the cement as it was drying. I then pushed the three rods through the wooden pattern into the semi-dry cement to a depth of three feet to be as solid as possible.

wood_pattern

Quick-and-dirty mock-up of the wood pattern

Why did I use those rods? So I would be able to fix the plate on the top of the cement with two big steel bolts on each rod (one over and one under the plate). Not only that, but it will be adjustable since I will be able to fiddle with the bolts. This way, even if I weld the base of the tower on the plate and find it is not completely balanced, I could play with the bolts on each rod to change the slope of the tower.

bolts_pattern

Another quick-and-dirty mock-up of how I bolted it together

bolt_over

bolt_under

If you are planning to build a tower like this you’ll need a welding kit. I created the cement block at the shop because it was more convenient since I was gathering a little amount of cement each day, not all in one shot. You could try to find a cement shop that makes cement sections like mine, or use a basic wooden cage and fill it up with cement. No magic here. I used something like 14,000 pounds of cement to create the 6 feet high base. To get a quantity of cement like that you’ll need a lot of cement powder, sand, and crushed rock. It could easily cost you $500 CND! For the rod and the bolts you should be OK with less than $50 CND. The hardest part is finding someone who sells them.

Step 5: The steel plate

To make the steel plate I found a piece of old galvanized steel in the shop’s courtyard. It was well hidden under a bunch of planks, but I guess it was my lucky day. Another freebie!

I put my wooden pattern on the plate and used a blowtorch to make the holes and cut the steel plate into a triangular form. As you should assume, the flame of a blowtorch is a LOT hotter than even a Prescott CPU – proceed with caution! You could lose a hand without even noticing it, so be very careful with that thing.

leg

In the image you can see a black circle, which is where I made the hole in the wooden pattern. The blue lines are where I should weld the steel legs to fix the base on the plate. I also decided to make three holes in each steel part (to use as legs) and on the base of the tower to be able to use bolts and assure the strength of the base.

If you don’t have a blowtorch, you might try to bore it with a steel mesh if you have very powerful drill equipment. I prefer a big ol’ torch.

base

I must admit I didn’t do the welding job myself; my dad can do a better job. However, I watched during the process and it’s not terribly hard. Just be sure to weld each part enough to be sure there’s no weakness. If you don’t want to watch a 60′ tower fall on your house or car, be careful on this step.

Step 6: The facade

I began to think that this thing could look like new if I gave it a fresh coat of paint.

I used an air-buffing tool (once again, at my father’s shop – I did it on week-end time) to remove some of the dust and rust on the steel plate and all over the tower. To do this you’ll need a powerful air-compressor and the buffing tool. I don’t really know where you could find one, but it isn’t critical. You could try finding a specialized equipment store and rent one.

The buffing process took me more than eight hours! After that, I used aluminium (silver) paint to coat the tower, and black paint for the steel plate and the three legs. I put each section vertically on wooden planks and used a stepladder to paint the top of each sections (each section is eight and a half feet high).

I took me another 7-8 hours for the paint job and I gave it 2 days to dry (one probably would have been enough).

Step 7: The hole

While it was drying, it was time to prepare the ground at home. I called a friend of mine that works for a construction company. He came to my house with a backhoe, dug a hole seven feet deep, and loaded the resulting pile of sand and clay on a truck. It took 15 minutes and cost me $80 CND, which was a pretty good deal I think!

You could try to dig it manually, but a seven foot deep hole would probably take more than to days, which is an awesome waste of time. And, if you have a lot of clay in the way like I did, you can just forget it because you’ll never reach seven feet manually. I think it was money well spent. It could cost you around $150 CND for the same job if you don’t have a connection.

Step 8: Going home (part two)

The next day we went to the shop and used a big CAT forklift to take the 14,000 pound cement tube home. My father drives it and it was a weekend, so it cost me nothing (keep that quiet, ok?)

cat

At home we used a water pump (slightly larger than one used for water cooling a PC, heh) to empty all the water from the hole. I think there was a water vein nearby because the hole almost completely filled with water in 12 hours. My father had one so it was not a problem.

Next we put the cement tube in the hole and used a shovel to fill in around it, making it full, tight, and clean. Now it was time to take the tower home. I used my dad’s V8 Toyota Tundra and took it in two trips.

I also took this opportunity to replace a few screws and bolts in the tower. The rest were in good shape. This cost me about $15 CND. If you try to build a tower, you may want to consider doing the same if you see some that are in bad shape.

Seeing the pieces lined up on the ground was impressive; it took up the length of my backyard! It may be tempting to bolt it together at this point, but that would only make the first step far more difficult: getting it vertical. I called back the guy with the crane. He came by after work and got it upright in 15 minutes! It was another $30 CND, but I saved a lot of time and trouble here.

If you’re installing a tower, you may not need a crane since your tower will probably be less tall and heavy than mine. You could just bolt every section while climbing and have a friend or two help you during the process.

ground

The last step was to buy a 6′ grounding rod and install it near the base. This is essential if you don’t want lightning to choose your new metal structure as its target.

Everything was now ready. It was time to call the ISP for installation.

Step 7: ISP Installation

Two days after my call they came to my house with 180 feet of wire. They normally charge $99 CND for the installation with only 110 feet of wire included, but did not charge me for additional wire. That was my one and only rebate.

In 30 minutes everything was done and I was ready to try this thing out! My first thought was to download the latest version of Winamp, which I downloaded at 255 k/s – less than five seconds! I was so happy; I think this was one of the most beautiful days of my life!

wire

The reinforced connection to the house

The last thing I did was to install a heavy-duty cable to reinforce the wire from the tower to the wall. In Quebec, we know about snow and ice in winter and I don’t want that wire to be severed by anything.

Conclusion

So what does it take to build your own wireless reception tower?

  • Lots of determination
  • Lots of cement
  • Structure to pour the base (e.g. cement tubing, wooden cage, etc.)
  • Shovel
  • Blowtorch
  • Welding kit
  • Steel plate
  • Long, threaded steel rod (about 12 feet to make three smaller rods of four feet)
  • Paint
  • Buffering tools
  • Air-compressor

The rest of the equipment I used is not essential since you may not need them.

Final costs:

  • About 14,000 pounds of cement
  • About $404 CND (including ISP installation)
  • Days and days of work

Getting high speed internet was the most challenging experience in my life. Now that I have it you can’t even imagine how much I appreciate it! I’m pretty proud of this achievement. Some may think I’m crazy, and maybe I am… but when I want something THAT much, if there’s a way to got it, I just can’t turn back. I gave all I’ve got to this project, using every connection and workaround I could to achieve a complete success.

I was pretty lucky and found several ways to accelerate the process while cutting costs. If you plan to build a tower like this, you should be ready to go. I wish you a similar amount of luck, or it could hurt you in the wallet.

I’ve been using this service for quite some time without any problem. Rain and storms do not affect the speed in any way I could notice. I found it is indeed a reliable alternative for those who knows they won’t have other internet services available for the next five years.

The only drawback is that with this type of service the ISP usually won’t guarantee in any way the speed you will reach, as it depends on many things. They say it could go to as fast as 320 k/s, but I’ve not reached a rate higher than 300 k/s yet. It’s more than enough though; it is WAY more than my old rate of at best 5 k/s!

final

The finished product installed in my yard.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article. If one day you’re faced with a big challenge, just tell yourself that if you REALY WANT to do it, nothing can stop you! Determination is the most useful tool to achieve success!

Comments

  1. leishi85
    leishi85 saw this a while ago online somewhere, it really takes a lot of determination
  2. Linc
    Linc
    leishi85 wrote:
    saw this a while ago online somewhere, it really takes a lot of determination
    It was a thread in the Pub. This is the more indepth version :)
  3. profdlp
    profdlp What an awesome undertaking - nice job, GooD! :respect:
  4. primesuspect
  5. lemonlime
    lemonlime GooD, there is not a single person in the world that is more deserving of high speed internet access than you my friend! :D

    Awesome write up, and congrats on a truly unique project! :thumbsup:

    :canflag: Never tell a Canadian they cant have highspeed..
  6. Shorty
    Shorty Truly an awesome achievement.. and absolutely crazy.. brilliant! :D
  7. BLuKnight
    BLuKnight That's too cool. I dugg the article. I wonder if SM is going to see a spike in visits.
  8. GrayFox
  9. GooD
    GooD Hahah THIS is awesome, i was not thinking this article would reach a site like digg.com :P

    Keebler you did a great job on the rewriting of the story, you keep it in the same shape, without the grammar problem as english is not my primary language :)

    I hope this article will make SM touch the sky, as my tower almost allow me to do so ;)

    BTW some guys on digg.com are not fun at all, but thats part of the game I suppose hehe :p

    Thankx SM for allowing me to show to the world this project :rockon:

    :)
  10. Trogan
    Trogan Congrats GooD. That is an awesome achievement :thumbsup:

    Nice article aswell :)
  11. Armo
    Armo lol wtf, thats awsome

    what did your neighbors say?
  12. GooD
    GooD I posted a comment on digg to answer some of the questions (comments) people had while reading the article. :p

    Armo : Every neighbors around me are people i know, and they like me :buck: They just said 'awesome', i had some ':eek:' too lol

    Anyway, i would not recommand any of them to try to force me to remove my tower... :range: lol
  13. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum GooD - via the digg article, you've been made.

    I read your article last night... then today, i was scrolling through MAKE blog, and I saw one of your photos! :hair:

    I was thinking, "Wow, traffic is really gonna go up, now!" :respect:
  14. primesuspect
  15. reelbigfish
    reelbigfish GooD, c'est une grand tour! Je sais l'Internet est bon. Je n'ai pas eu l'Internet grand vitesse pendant beacoup d'années, et finalement je l'ai obtenu! J'espere que vous l'appréciez beaucoup. C'est un bonne article aussi bien. Salut!
  16. Winga
    Winga GooD that is one awesome project.
    A lot of hard work and determination went into it. I can understand the feeling you had after your first download at the new speeds.

    Good on you buddy :thumbsup:
  17. GooD
    GooD OMG, reelbigfish speaks french -> Merci de ton commentaire c'est très apprécié.


    Winga -> This feeling was awesome ! But this feeling is gone now, as you can see here im having big problems with my computer :banghead: For the first month it was working very well with my onboard MARVELL NIC, but after that problems pop up and now its not working most of the time.

    Its working on a laptop so its my PC that goes wrong i guess :skeptic: I use my determination to resolve this problem since 2 month now lol Sorry for to link to my LAN problems but its a great place to have more people involve in it lol ;D

    At least the fact that i am now getting published for my achievement enjoy myself quite a bit :D
  18. Hawk
    Hawk Outstanding job Good! Now all it needs is a Canadian flag set on top of that baby. Well done.
  19. QCH
    QCH Great article GooD, and good proofing Keebs!!!! :headbang:
  20. edcentric
    edcentric Great work man. I love you salvaging the stuff. Using thread rod in the base and mounting plates is real smart. Everything ahifts and settles and this lets you keep it straight and tight.

    I have helped install a couple of such towers and I can offer some tips.

    If your tower have feet like this one, we usually rent a power auger and drill three holes about 5' deep. These are the footings filled with concrete for the legs to mount to. A lot less concrete and less digging.

    One of the towers only had a single point at the bottom and relied on the guy wires to keep it stable. This works if you have a lot of space. These are slick to intall and easy. Here you will have 4 concrete footings, one for the base and one for each guy wire anchor.
  21. GooD
    GooD
    edcentric wrote:
    Great work man. I love you salvaging the stuff. Using thread rod in the base and mounting plates is real smart. Everything ahifts and settles and this lets you keep it straight and tight.

    I have helped install a couple of such towers and I can offer some tips.

    If your tower have feet like this one, we usually rent a power auger and drill three holes about 5' deep. These are the footings filled with concrete for the legs to mount to. A lot less concrete and less digging.

    One of the towers only had a single point at the bottom and relied on the guy wires to keep it stable. This works if you have a lot of space. These are slick to intall and easy. Here you will have 4 concrete footings, one for the base and one for each guy wire anchor.


    I had think about something similar (3 hole filled with concrete) but when i have see the huge format of my tower (plus the fact that i was no paying for concrete) i decided to go with a full big cement filled block. I did not found many info on net about this kind of installation and i was not willing to see my tower fall down because of a weak base. Man this tower is heavy stuff, and still i can see the upper part dance in the wind when temp goes wild The pression must be very hard at the base when wind hit 90-100 km/h lol

    Have you already try this set-up (3 hole filled with concrete) with a 60' tower ? If yes then it would be a very good and cheaper altenative to my solution :)
  22. GrayFox
    GrayFox Gah its taking forever to load a page .. either my schools internet connection is overloaded or sm has been dugg :o.
  23. GooD
    GooD
    GrayFox wrote:
    Gah its taking forever to load a page .. either my schools internet connection is overloaded or sm has been dugg :o.

    Its not your internet connection, its my fault :O lol

    Seems like SM is getting a heavy load of hits :rockon:
  24. GrayFox
    GrayFox
    GooD wrote:
    Its not your internet connection, its my fault :O lol

    Seems like SM is getting a heavy load of hits :rockon:
    I had a fealing that was why :Pwned: .
  25. profdlp
    profdlp An interesting chain of events:

    Slow Connection> >Build Tower> >Write Great Article> >Site Gets Hammered> >Slow Connection ;D ;D ;D
  26. Ivoshiee
    Ivoshiee I am not a member of team FAH #93 (I am in team #0), but just stepped in to congratulate GooD for excellent work with the tower.
    There are lot of whiners out there who keep just complaining about poor or non-existent Internet reception, but still do not like to do anything for it.

    Besides interest in the FAH, I am a "tower" amateur myself and to get Internet connection I set up a ~140 feet tower:
    http://www.vendomar.ee/~ivo/tower.jpg
  27. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum
    Ivoshiee wrote:
    I am not a member of team FAH #93 (I am in team #0), but just stepped in to congratulate GooD for excellent work with the tower.
    There are lot of whiners out there who keep just complaining about poor or non-existent Internet reception, but still do not like to do anything for it.

    Besides interest in the FAH, I am a "tower" amateur myself and to get Internet connection I set up a ~140 feet tower:
    http://www.vendomar.ee/~ivo/tower.jpg

    Thanks for stopping in, Ivoshiee. The forum is open to everyone, so you're welcome to stick around as you see fit. :thumbsup:
  28. GooD
    GooD
    Ivoshiee wrote:
    Besides interest in the FAH, I am a "tower" amateur myself and to get Internet connection I set up a ~140 feet tower:
    http://www.vendomar.ee/~ivo/tower.jpg

    Woot thats a NICE tower, looks like an industrial one. Far better looking then mine :( haha ;) It must have cost you a arm and a leg for that :eek:

    Nothing can stop a geek when it comes to get high-speed internet
    Its even more truth if the geek is canadian

    :canflag:
  29. Ivoshiee
    Ivoshiee
    GHoosdum wrote:
    Thanks for stopping in, Ivoshiee. The forum is open to everyone, so you're welcome to stick around as you see fit. :thumbsup:
    Thanks.
  30. Ivoshiee
    Ivoshiee
    GooD wrote:
    Woot thats a NICE tower, looks like an industrial one.
    Painted military tower, bought as a scrap metal.
    Far better looking then mine :( haha ;) It must have cost you a arm and a leg for that :eek:
    The metal itself was about $550 USD, but new set of wires, pullers, etc what are holding it up, was about $1500 USD.
    Nothing can stop a geek when it comes to get high-speed internet
    Its even more truth if the geek is canadian

    :canflag:
    Very true.
  31. dragonV8
    dragonV8 That is one mean feat, GooD. Great determination, great job. :thumbsup:

    Tres bien mon ami, tres bien. :smiles:
  32. FormFactor
    FormFactor Sweet, front page on Digg.com!! Cool article too!

    Nice job!
  33. lemonlime
    lemonlime
    Hawk wrote:
    Outstanding job Good! Now all it needs is a Canadian flag set on top of that baby. Well done.

    lol, absolutely! :canflag:

    .. make it happen GooD.. and a team93 flag while you are at it! :D
  34. GooD
    GooD
    lemonlime wrote:
    lol, absolutely! :canflag:

    .. make it happen GooD.. and a team93 flag while you are at it! :D

    Hahah, send me a canada flag and make me a Team93 flag and i'll do it and take a picture ! ;D

    EDITED : BTW you don't know how many guts it takes to reach the top of this thing, it does not procure a feeling of security for sure haha, it must be like overclocking a celeron cpu i suppose :rolleyes:
  35. Ivoshiee
    Ivoshiee
    GooD wrote:
    BTW you don't know how many guts it takes to reach the top of this thing, it does not procure a feeling of security for sure haha, it must be like overclocking a celeron cpu i suppose :rolleyes:
    You never know if you do not try...
    Actually it is not very scary at all. Just use proper safety equipment.

    Some pictures taken on top of a 200 feet shimney:
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000294.JPG
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000470.JPG
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000203.JPG
  36. Dexter
    Dexter GooD, this is so awesome, I love it even better than the first time we heard it as a story in The Pub. The article turned out really well, good job to you and to Keebs for editing.

    :rockon:

    Dexter...
  37. GooD
    GooD
    Ivoshiee wrote:
    You never know if you do not try...
    Actually it is not very scary at all. Just use proper safety equipment.

    Some pictures taken on top of a 200 feet shimney:
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000294.JPG
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000470.JPG
    http://ra.vendomar.ee/~ivo/gallery/IM000203.JPG


    I have climb my 60' two times, one without proper safety equipement and the other one with equipement. My tower is very tin and small at the end, and its going a little from rigth to left you can feel it move. With proper its not scary cuz you know you wont fall. But the first time i climbed it i was climbing VERY SLOWLY ;)

    Nice pictures BTW :D
  38. GooD
    GooD Hahah im amazed how stupid some people can be. On digg i saw some comments that make me laugh a lot, specialy the last one when i specified that english was not my primary langage :

    -Wanna know what is worse than a French Canadian? Me too, I can't think of anything.

    Like if i will care lol

    I could reply - an arrogant person from any country :D

    I hope he was not hoping i'll get mad or cry, cuz it wont work, im actually laughing lol ;D

    Oh and some that use the fact that my dad help me a lot and those kind of thing, like if asking for help or getting help was kinda weak or loser hahaha

    LoL :clap:

    At least there are good people on this site (digg) that took my side too ;) Well i suppose each web site have his load of idots, each web site excluding SM :clap:

    That's funny how i think i can write in a better way than most of the english people who sometimes try to laugh at me. On WoW a girl told me 'Is english your primary langage ?' I was feeling bad a then told her 'Yeah =/ sorry for my bad spelling if that happen' and she said 'no no don't worry, i was asking this because you speak in a good way, way too much good, most of people around here are using shortcuts everywhere and its almost not readable, you don't do so and are always very clear lol'

    I almost spit my coke in my screen lol :D

    I know that's :topic: but i was willing to share my opinion on this with you ;)
  39. lemonlime
    lemonlime
    GooD wrote:
    ..I know that's :topic: but i was willing to share my opinion on this with you ;)


    Hey GooD, I was pretty apauled by some of those comments on that site as well. Very sad :shakehead ..I'm pretty sure that those people have never undertaken any challenge remotely like yours. I'm glad that you are laughing about it though :D

    Some people need to stop wasting 1's and 0's of valuable web space and realize that they don't have to post every stupid comment that enters their brains. :)

    This guy summed it up well:
    Well, I'll go ahead and say "GooD" job and just ignore the critics that don't appreciate the effort you went through. I'll also say your English is better than some trolls who have it as their primary language. Yeah, you have some connections that made the job easier but so what. What I got from the article is you took some initiative, negotiated some deals, etc., worked your ass off, and got the job done for a reasonable cost (yes not "on a budget" for the grammar police).

    For the detractors posting here about where his dad works, etc., if you lived in a rural or small community how do you know the local cement company wouldn't be willing to dump their leftovers at the end of the day? Or maybe barter setting up a companies WIFI for some free cement / welding / crane? It's called bartering.

    'Nuff said.
  40. profdlp
    profdlp There will always be those who are jealous of people who have the brains and initiative to do something they are too lazy and/or stupid to do themselves. It's pathetic to the point of being laughable. ;)
  41. lemonlime
    lemonlime OMG look what you did GooD! U killed SM..

    We got slash-dotted! :D

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  42. primesuspect
    primesuspect le ouch! Even our really nice server is having trouble with this load :D

    Congrats, GooD!

    Hello, visitors from /., digg, and others :)
  43. Linc
    Linc I'm just tickled my name appears on Slashdot ;D

    GooD, this would be your 15 minutes in the limelight. Soak it in, mate, soak it in. :cool:
  44. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum The instant I saw that screen cap of /. I busted out laughing - the first thing in the article is Keebs' name! ;D

    GooD, I agree with lemonlime and prof and I'm glad that you're proud of your accomplishment - I'm thrilled that the few idiot detractors didn't manage to get you down. You also accomplished posting the most widely interesting article on Short-Media ever. Damn you're GooD! ;)
  45. primesuspect
    primesuspect If you notice, all of the negative comments are from those who have all sorts of "great advice", or people who love to tell you how THEY would have done it better, or bigger, or some other way, etc.

    They remind me of people without kids who like to give me parenting advice :D

    The point is, GooD had a need, and saw a challenge and decided to utilize whatever he had at his disposal to overcome it. GooD, no matter what it is or what the details are - you accomplished your goal. Congratulations :)
  46. Armo
    Armo hey GooD, do you share the conection with your neighbors, or just make them suffer with jelously?
  47. GooD
    GooD
    OMG look what you did GooD! U killed SM..

    Hahah yeah im finaly able to post back :p

    I hope it will still take some new members around here
    hey GooD, do you share the conection with your neighbors, or just make them suffer with jelously?

    Yeah i have offer to my first neighbor (to the rigth, as i have the **** church to the left lol) to share with him for a 50/50 deal with the fee per month (it cost me 55 CND per month, i would have charge him 20) but he was not interested as he does not seem to want internet anymore as he lack of money. I don't want to share with more than one as i want everything i can get from my connection :cool: I don't think any of the other neighbors needs highspeed internet
    Some people need to stop wasting 1's and 0's of valuable web space and realize that they don't have to post every stupid comment that enters their brains.

    Hahah well said my friend ! Since we can't get rid of them, lets laugh at them :)
    There will always be those who are jealous of people who have the brains and initiative to do something they are too lazy and/or stupid to do themselves. It's pathetic to the point of being laughable.

    Sure it is, that's why im laughing :D
    GooD, I agree with lemonlime and prof and I'm glad that you're proud of your accomplishment - I'm thrilled that the few idiot detractors didn't manage to get you down. You also accomplished posting the most widely interesting article on Short-Media ever. Damn you're GooD!

    Thankx :cool: hahah I guest the main reason why its so widely interesting is because its not technical and its more of a 'article about what a geek can do to get highspeed internet'. I say if your mother can read it and find it interesting, then its 'for everyone' hah
  48. GooD
    GooD Ahahah, geez another open reply here after reading a lot of comments of 'security problems' in my installation :

    There's a lot of people who think the tower will fall or my house will burn at the first storm. I had 2 quite big storm this winter with very high speed wind and my tower is still alive and in his vertical position. ;)

    The tower is link with the house with a metal wire, to support the network wire but also to support the tower itself. So if the tower want to fall it will need to take a part of the wall of the post office or break the metal wire. ;)

    As for the risk of being stroke by ligthning, I don't think the house will burn if the tower get strike by ligthning too :p. i can't say it "won't" happen but i don't think the risk is that high. But after reading all those 'feared' reply on digg and slashdot im thinking about adding 2 more grounding rod as soon about winter will end. One for each of the tower legs, this will get rid of another % of risk for sure. heh

    Plus, all the walls are in big brick, i don't think it can burn of conduct electricity. Well the network wire can (maybe ?) but its 180 feets of wire and if i ever see my computer burn because of that i'll take the blame :aol:

    As for those who think it wont last MANY years, i will only need the tower for approx. 4 years :) After that i'll move in a 'real' city hah

    There's some who want me to have a life, i have a good job, a girlfriend and a lot of geeks and normal friends... I have the life i want, and im happy with it :D
  49. gibbonsl
    gibbonsl you have more of a life then i do

    nice jod on the tower looks prof.
  50. primesuspect
    primesuspect Okay the numbers are in.

    We had FOUR MILLION VIEWS of that article on Friday alone. :eek2:

    Kevin, you're a little bit famous now :D

    We made german mass media too - DER SPIEGEL!

    Der Spiegel carried it (The blurb was re-written into German). The headline was Die Kirche ist im Weg (The church is in the way!)

    Your name was on it too!

    "Gerade auf dem flachen Land kann es manchmal schwierig werden einen schnellen Internet-Zugang zu bekommen. Vor diesem Problem stand auch der Kanadier Kevin Lavallée. Eine Kirche blockiert die Sendestrecke zwischen seinem Haus und dem Sendemast eines Internet-Providers. Seine pragmatische Lösung: Er baute sich einen 20 Meter hohen Empfangsturm in den Garten. Nachahmung auf eigene Gefahr!"
  51. QCH
    QCH 4 million.... WOW!!!
  52. gibbonsl
    gibbonsl how many total sence it was posted?
  53. sfleuriet
    sfleuriet That's awesome! I saw it a while back in the pub, but this version is much better :thumbup

    Sorry if this was already asked/answered, but were there any FAA or aircraft safety stuff involved? Did you need a red light on the top or anything?
  54. Leonardo
    Leonardo
    FAA
    Irrelevant. It's Canada.
  55. GooD
    GooD
    Okay the numbers are in.

    We had FOUR MILLION VIEWS of that article on Friday alone. :eek2:

    Kevin, you're a little bit famous now :D

    We made german mass media too - DER SPIEGEL!

    Der Spiegel carried it (The blurb was re-written into German). The headline was Die Kirche ist im Weg (The church is in the way!)

    Your name was on it too!

    "Gerade auf dem flachen Land kann es manchmal schwierig werden einen schnellen Internet-Zugang zu bekommen. Vor diesem Problem stand auch der Kanadier Kevin Lavallée. Eine Kirche blockiert die Sendestrecke zwischen seinem Haus und dem Sendemast eines Internet-Providers. Seine pragmatische Lösung: Er baute sich einen 20 Meter hohen Empfangsturm in den Garten. Nachahmung auf eigene Gefahr!"

    DID YOU SAY 4 MILLIONS , ON FRIDAY ALONE ???? :hair: :nudge:

    This is TOTALY out of expectation hahaha I was waiting for 500 000, maybe a million in the better case, but 4 millions in a single day... :bigggrin: That explain the severe lag problems of the forum for sure lol

    Im doing some google search about now and find the article linked almost everywhere in news site lol

    And on top of this, i recieved a message today :
    I'm a journalist with CanWest News Service, a Canadian wire service for 12 daily papers, including the National Post. Could you put me in touch with Kevin Lavallee? I'd like to write about his wireless tower project.

    NATIONAL POST... ... ... OMG :wow2: :cool:

    I wrote him back this morning, he's now asking the editor just to see if he can really go on... :D

    :canflag:
  56. primesuspect
    primesuspect hahah holy smokes... Kevin, just in case he asks, you can definitely put him in touch with me as well. Congratulations, you're a national hero! :p ;D
  57. CyrixInstead
    CyrixInstead Guys, I'm surprised nobody's asked already. But, how in God's name did you get planning permission for that thing? Here in the UK I'm sure you'd need to speak to the council and get permission to put something as big as that up!

    It's a monstrosity, but probably worth it for you. I just feel sorry for all your neighbours ;D.

    Oh and people, I don't suppose any Short-Media members would have noticed but the link to our forums at the end of the article is wrong. It is www.short-media.com/forums instead of http://www.short-media.com/forum. 4 million hits and we have an incorrect link to our forums :wtf:.

    ~Cyrix
  58. GooD
    GooD
    hahah holy smokes... Kevin, just in case he asks, you can definitely put him in touch with me as well. Congratulations, you're a national hero! :p ;D

    Maybe if i tell him you are my hero he will contact you too ... The hero of a hero is a hero too, no ? :rolleyes: hah

    Man, i still can't believe it... Im still sleepy this morning and it feels unreal :nudge: lol
  59. primesuspect
    primesuspect Oops - my fault with the forums thing... dumbass me!
  60. GooD
    GooD
    Guys, I'm surprised nobody's asked already. But, how in God's name did you get planning permission for that thing? Here in the UK I'm sure you'd need to speak to the council and get permission to put something as big as that up!

    It's a monstrosity, but probably worth it for you. I just feel sorry for all your neighbours ;D.

    Oh and people, I don't suppose any Short-Media members would have noticed but the link to our forums at the end of the article is wrong. It is www.short-media.com/forums instead of http://www.short-media.com/forum. 4 million hits and we have an incorrect link to our forums :wtf:.

    ~Cyrix

    OMG wrong link to the forum !!!! Bad keeb, bad keeb :hiding:

    My tower is NOT a monstruosity, she's my baby, she's of beautiful symbol of engineering, isn't she ? All in a band new silvered color, it looks sexy ;D

    Ok ok its not that great at looking ;D But that's behind a building and if you don't realy look at it you wont notice it from the street, if it was in a black color or something like that it would be visible from a long range for sure haha

    And no, i don't need permit for that, here in quebec there is 'gouvernemental rules' and 'municipal rules', this kind of thing can be restricted only by 'municipal rules', there's no rules against that in my small city lol Maybe because im the first one to build a tower that high here ? :D If there is a vote for a law like that, i will mobilise everyone i know here (i know of lot of people) to vote against the law. And if its not enough, i'll buy a gun hahah nah but seriously i think im ok with everything :D

    BTW, Some people around think the priest will rebuild the bell of the church and make the church even more higher, as i try to make competition to them.... as i try to reach god ;D hahah Joke yes, but it makes me laugh ;)
  61. reporter
    reporter GooD -- how can I reach you by email? I'm trying to figure out whether your tower story ever gold told in mainstream Canadian news media....
  62. GooD
    GooD Just as a side note, I did not recieve any news from the guy at CAN news netowork after he said 'he will see with his director if it can interest him' so i guest it was not the case lol

    Anyway i can understand it, there's nothing THAT special in what i've done, sure there's some determination proof in this article and it can somehow tell to the readers that if he is ready for something, he can do it !

    I would have been very surprised if i was to get post in the 'NATIONAL POST' lol I would have been very happy too sure hah
    reporter wrote:
    GooD -- how can I reach you by email? I'm trying to figure out whether your tower story ever gold told in mainstream Canadian news media....

    I'll pv you :thumbsup:
  63. reporter
    reporter Hey Kevin. I work for the same outfit and just tripped across your story by accident. I'm trying not to step on a colleague's toes, but I think your story is fabulous. Can I give you a phone call to discuss?

    Thanks



    GooD wrote:
    Just as a side note, I did not recieve any news from the guy at CAN news netowork after he said 'he will see with his director if it can interest him' so i guest it was not the case lol

    Anyway i can understand it, there's nothing THAT special in what i've done, sure there's some determination proof in this article and it can somehow tell to the readers that if he is ready for something, he can do it !

    I would have been very surprised if i was to get post in the 'NATIONAL POST' lol I would have been very happy too sure hah



    I'll pv you :thumbsup:
  64. GooD
    GooD You work for CanWest News Service ? Hahah it's funny ;D

    Well you won't step on any colleague's toes cuz your colleague never post me back after he was going to 'check with his director/editor if an interview about this was interesting enough to get published'

    Just go read your mail. We will keep in touch this way now, i hope you don't have the same director/editor hah :D

    Also, Welcome to Short-Media if it's your first time here :thumbup
  65. Donut
    Donut GooD,

    Looks like you hit the Inquirer todayhttp://www.theinquirer.net/?article=30371
  66. GooD
    GooD
    Donut wrote:
    GooD,

    Looks like you hit the Inquirer todayhttp://www.theinquirer.net/?article=30371

    :wow2: geez , UNBELIEVABLE.

    Just as i tought the 'life cycle' of my article was over... It strikes back !

    :Rocker: :D

    I hope it won't cause another 4 days of lag on the forum tho :rolleyes:
  67. primesuspect
    primesuspect Oh no, another traffic surge. here we go again :D

    Hold on tight, everyone! :rarr:
  68. GHoosdum
    GHoosdum ...but the article called you a "geezer" :scratch:
  69. lemonlime
    lemonlime
    GHoosdum wrote:
    ...but the article called you a "geezer" :scratch:

    ;D ;D
  70. primesuspect
    primesuspect That's the inq for you :D
  71. GooD
    GooD :D It seems like im going to get published tomorow in a couple of Canadian news paper. :wow2: :eek2: Reporter is a lot more fast in the process than the other one that has come to me ;)

    I'll no longer be known as the man who can program almost any application you want, no longer as the man who can kick your butt at almost any strategic game, i'll be known as the man who build a tower to reach highspeed internet :D Hahah just kidding, im not THAT good in game ;D

    :celebrate
  72. profdlp
    profdlp Way to go, Geezer! ;D
  73. primesuspect
    primesuspect :eek2:

    batten down the hatches, folks. looks like we'll be in for a storm tomorrow :eek3:
  74. RADA
    RADA
    profdlp wrote:
    Way to go, Geezer! ;D


    That's Mr. GeezeR to you.. he's famous now...
  75. GooD
    GooD
    That's Mr. GeezeR to you.. he's famous now...

    Yeah you know you need to talk to me with respect now guys.

    I think i'll manage to rent a private jet to get to the next SM lan party with my new celebrity income. I'll go there and i'll give autographs to everybody... :cool2:

    :aol:

    ... ... I ... cannot... hold... anymore... HAHAHAH ;D Damn i can't stop laughing about it :)

    Btw i would really like to go to the next SM lan party, if only what i said about 'new celebrity income' was going to be true ;) Oh, wait... just got an idea, maybe you would buy me a plane ticket just to see my face ? :eek3: hahahah
  76. MHouse
    MHouse Awesome job, GooD! It had been a while since I'd been on SM, but I just surfed over from The Inq and thought "Where am I?" When I realized it really was SM, I had to pop in and say 'hi'.

    Good luck keeping the site responsive, guys! Right now it's The Inq's top story! :bigggrin:

    BTW, great job to Team #93 for keeping up the fight! You're definitely holding your own amongst fierce competition! Cheers! :cheers:
  77. QCH
    QCH Just googled for "60 foot tower" and GooD's article is listed #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, and #7... oh there were only 8 links on the first page... GooD... Good Job!!!

    engadget
  78. GooD
    GooD
    And we thought we were serious about our Internet access, what with that $50 check and spotless goat we offer to the cable co. each month. Seems like a certain small-town Canadian man has us beat -- with a 60-foot tower and 14,000 pounds of cement. After suffering with a 56k connection for long enough, he was excited to hear of a new wireless ISP in his area, but couldn't establish a line of sight due to a nearby church that stood in the way. But not one to give up so easily, our Canadian protagonist proceeded to erect a 60-foot tower in his yard, complete with a 6-foot deep concrete anchor. What have you done with your week?

    This is from the link QCH2002 posted. WOW this is an answesome presentation of the article. The best one i've seen until now. :)
  79. Armo
    Armo lol this is rediculous. I love it

    QCH2002, the reader comments on that site are great, lol

    wheres shorty, we need to change GooD's name to GeezeR
  80. GooD
    GooD on the comments in this site
    Wow - thats quite an erection

    Hahahah
    ;D ;D ;D
  81. primesuspect
    primesuspect
    15. My wife won't even let me put up an indoor antenna for HD channels, I wonder what she would say if I went to her said "honey, I am taking abou 500.00 from checking to dig a six foot ditch in our yard then rig up 60' of gun metal grey steel to erect a giant tower in the backyard...can you watch the kids for a while?"

    YOu know what she will say don't you??? "Honey, why don't you take that time and become a doctor or raise our kids?"

    Good point honey, pass me another beer.

    ;D
  82. GooD
    GooD Hahah its a chance i don't have kids and wife right now i suppose :thumbsup:

    Oh wait... i don't have beer either :doh: :(

    ;D
  83. GooD
    GooD Guys i really love you, i love you so much that i asked as only side-payment for my article that the Short-Media.com website must be linked somewhere in the text they publish.
    reporter wrote:
    Will be sure to mention the initial web site in the story!

    Cheers..

    I love you so much that i want to give this site another wave of freaking lag :D Do not thank me, its my pleasure ;D

    Short-Media For The Win :D

    Cheers :cheers:
  84. Winga
    Winga GooD this is awesome buddy, just friggin awesome. :respect: :respect: :respect: Anyone who had something negative to say about your tower can eat their socks!!!
    You have achieved something that few people will in their lifetime and I'm not referring to the recognition. I mean, just who goes around building 60 foot towers in their back yards :hair: :scratch:

    If it means slower speeds for the next couple of days so be it. You must enjoy the attention as long as you can :D
  85. sfleuriet
    sfleuriet Wow congratulations for the SECOND round :thumbsup:
  86. Ivoshiee
  87. profdlp
    profdlp
    GooD wrote:
    ...I love you so much that i want to give this site another wave of freaking lag :D ...
    At least you warned us while the library is still open. If I can't get on Short-Media I'm going to need a few good books to get me through the weekend. ;D
  88. GooD
    GooD Seems like an article is now published in many newspapper, like National Post, The Ottawa Citizen, Times Colonist, The Edmonton Journal , The Vancouver Sun, etc.
    In an age when the Internet is God, Kevin Lavallee's backyard do-it-yourself project may be the ultimate sign of the times.

    The 23-year-old Ste-Elizabeth, Que., computer programmer has constructed his own 20-metre reception tower to rise above the Catholic church next door, which was blocking his access to a high-speed Internet signal.

    Mr. Lavallee's resolve to out-steeple the church is painstakingly described on a Web site devoted to high-tech triumphs and is winning raves throughout cyberspace, making the man a hero to self-described Net nerds around the world.

    "That is one mean feat," wrote a fan from Australia. "Great determination. Great job."

    Mr. Lavallee's account of his quest for a faster data flow has leapt from www.short-media.com, a Web forum for "the discerning geek" that notched a site-crippling four million views of the story, to popular tech-oriented sites Slashdot.org and digg.com to the German mass media outlet Der Spiegel.

    "There was a very large church less than 30 metres from my house, and so the signal had no way to reach me," Mr. Lavallee recounted in his narrative. "I should have forgotten about it at that point, but I'm not that kind of person. Not after nine years of waiting, and not when everyone around me, just far enough away from the church, would have it."

    So Mr. Lavallee set about overcoming the obstacle standing between his house on Principale Road in Ste-Elizabeth, about 60 kilometres northeast of Montreal, and the transmission tower built by an Internet provider on the edge of town.

    Word went around the community that Mr. Lavallee was looking for a used TV aerial or similar structure, and a discarded 20-metre communications tower was eventually tracked down and purchased for $100.

    Mr. Lavallee anchored the aluminum device in a cement-filled, two-metre-deep hole in his backyard, the peak his tower surpassing the roof of Eglise Ste-Elizabeth and with a clear path past the church belfry to the Internet transmitter.

    Total cost: about $400.

    "Getting high speed Internet was the most challenging experience in my life," Mr. Lavallee wrote. "Now that I have it you can't even imagine how much I appreciate it.."

    Plaudits continue pouring in on Web sites worldwide: "This guy is my new hero," says a typical posting on digg.com. "Freaking awesome," says another.

    And: "We need more creative people like this in the world."

    I need to find a place where they sell the National Post today :rarr:

    What i found weird is that im sure the article would not have been so popular if the building that was blocking my signal was not a church hahah. The journalist asked me if i was religious :skeptic: hahah Well, im lucky it was a church then ;) It would have been just a big building and i would have done the same thing tho :)

    This site is now linked on news papper everywhere in Canada. Enjoy :cheers:
  89. primesuspect
  90. GooD
    GooD

    ...
    Mr. Lavallee says he's had no response to the tower from the church next door and no complaints from municipal officials, but plenty of congratulations from other neighbours.

    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliette, which manages the church in Ste-Elizabeth, did not provide a comment on Mr. Lavallee's tower.

    "I am not a religious man, though I respect those who are," Mr. Lavallee said yesterday.

    He says he's had a good laugh over web admirers who predict the church will respond by raising its roof.

    "It was really not my intention," he added, "to offend religious people. I was forced to build a tower to get high-speed Internet, but I would have preferred a much easier solution to this problem."
    ....

    Man they called the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliette :crazy: hahaha

    Like if they would say 'we are totally disgusted by what this man did, we want him to destroy his monstruosity, or we will' ;D

    Nahh just kidding :)
  91. primesuspect
    primesuspect Damn I need to find the national post. Shouldn't be TOO hard to get it in Detroit - although I could just as easily make a trip to canada. It's only 10 minutes away :D
  92. Linc
    Linc
    Damn I need to find the national post. Shouldn't be TOO hard to get it in Detroit - although I could just as easily make a trip to canada. It's only 10 minutes away :D
    Get me a copy too! :D
  93. profdlp
    profdlp And me! :headbange
  94. lemonlime
    lemonlime Ive got the paper in front of me, looking now..

    I'll scan it in.. ;)
  95. primesuspect
    primesuspect I guess I'll have to go to Windsor today and buy like 10-20 copies

    I called bookstores, duty free, etc. National Post in Detroit? no go so far :(
  96. lemonlime
  97. sfleuriet
    sfleuriet Hey that's really neat! :celebrate
  98. Leonardo
    Leonardo This is just awesome!

    My favorite quote:
    "This guy is my new hero,"
  99. primesuspect
  100. Linc

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