I am in Powell County, and figured I’d start a thread for all of us in Eastern KY.
I was playing with the heywhatsthat.com mapping tool, and was able to cover around 90% of the county with 106 points. The western portion of the county is compromised of hills and river bottom, while the eastern part of the county is mountainous, and is part of the Red River Gorge. The flat and wide river valley around Stanton probably has areas that are covered by 8-10 different nodes (most up on mountain peaks), while some roads are lucky to have 2 overlapping. I was able to cover all of the major roadways, and every point is interconnected in some way back to the county’s EOC…it may take 4-5 relays, but it’ll get there! The remaining uncovered areas are in spots that would require multiple nodes in close proximity, to ensure the holler are fully covered. I would estimate that 300 nodes would likely completely cover the county. Looking at the price of the 8 packs, that would cost about $22,000…add in the price for a solar panel set up (we’ll just say $150, which puts that at $45,000), and for about $70,000 you could cover the entire county with goTennas.
Will that ever happen? No…but it is fun to think about! Especially given that 1 repeater for dispatch, plus the tower for it, likely costs more than that, and only covers a portion of the county. My thoughts were along the lines of there being a channel people could “subscribe” to, that Emergency Management/Police/Fire could push out information on. Make it so that only certain GIDs can post to the channel, but anyone can monitor it?