Good morning from Kansas City!
Last night, I acquired a few of my Amazon Wish List items for my birthday, and upon returning home, immediately got to work on a little project. This project was inspired by very similar ones I’ve seen here on the forums, but I wanted to share.
About 20 minutes, most of which was spent getting the foam cut correctly.
- goTenna Mesh Node + charge cable
- Pelican 1060 Micro Case
- Pelican 1062 Case Foam
- HuaF 24000 mAh Portable Solar Charger Battery Pack
- The only thing that really requires any work is the foam, which must be cut down to snuggly accommodate the battery, the charge cable, and the goTenna mesh node (behind the battery).
- I left the perimeter foam in place, and pulled out the section I needed for the battery first. Since the battery is only about half as thick as the foam, I cut the battery foam section in half length-wise. This left a “bed” of foam the battery would sit on.
- In the new “battery bed” and remaining foam, I removed space to run the charge cable, and space for the goTenna unit itself. This took a little eyeballing, but was simple enough.
- Once the foam was ready, I placed the goTenna mesh node with charge cable attached, then the solar battery over the top, and that’s it! The foam keeps everything in place very nicely.
I have not had the opportunity to do range testing on this setup yet, but expect decent performance once I get it mounted above the roof of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where I volunteer.
This is just a simple, relatively inexpensive, weatherproof housing that can be quickly deployed (or permanently mounted). With that in mind, I put this together to share with our Emergency Manager (EM) and Emergency Communications Services (ECS) team to see if we could put together some money to build these out! Hopefully, we can get some placed strategically around the city, or at least have them as Go Kits for volunteers for various deployments; like shelter operations, damage assessment in the field, storm spotting, public safety events, operational exercises, just to name a few.
Here’s the completed unit with top open to better see how it fits together.
This is the goTenna mesh unit displayed atop the pelican case for size reference.
This is what the section under the solar battery looks like.