Mike Sullivan

Mike Sullivan

is creating Norfolk Southern Pocahontas Division ATCS Net

16

patrons

$152

per month
Over the past two years, we have been setting up a network of ATCS radio servers covering the NS Pocahontas Division in western VA and southern WV, as well as the CSX Kingsport Subdivision in eastern TN. The network composes of several servers located at radio tower sites, along with several smaller sites to fill in gaps in coverage around terminal areas. Each tower site comprises of an ATCS receiver and a voice feed for the rail lines in the area. By utilizing this method, we are able to cover large areas of the rail lines in the area.

As of September 2018, our current coverage count:
NS Kenova District, Wolf Creek, Lenore, and Nolan Branches: 5 servers online, full coverage from Portsmouth (Bertha) to Williamson
NS Pocahontas District/Guyandot River Branch: 2 servers, coverage from Iaeger to Bluefield. One server planned to cover west end from Williamson to Iaeger, plus west end of Gilbert Branch/Guyandot River Branch
NS Clinch Valley District, Appalachia District, & Buchanan/Dismal/Big Creek Branch: 2 servers online, coverage from Norton to Tazewell, VA on the CV, from Big Stone to Justice on the Appy, and from Grundy to Consol on the Buchanan Branch. One server planned for Justice to Knox section near Hurley, VA.

The downside to this method of coverage means that we have to rent space on towers with a local two-way radio company. While requiring a monthly rental cost, this method requires far less servers and allows voice reception to increase drastically. That is the purpose of this Patreon.. those that find the radio feed or ATCS servers useful are encouraged to contribute towards the cost of tower space and internet, which currently falls on my behalf.

Over the course of Winter 2018, I plan on converting all radio servers to new low-power mini computers running off battery power, a similar method to what most public safety and commercial agencies do for their radio equipment. This way, in the event of a long term power failure, the servers will continue to run. Plans are also in the works to add solar charging to increase reliability and operation during extended power outages.
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$11 or more per month
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$16 or more per month
Platinum Tier
$21 or more per month
God Tier
$27 or more per month
Over the past two years, we have been setting up a network of ATCS radio servers covering the NS Pocahontas Division in western VA and southern WV, as well as the CSX Kingsport Subdivision in eastern TN. The network composes of several servers located at radio tower sites, along with several smaller sites to fill in gaps in coverage around terminal areas. Each tower site comprises of an ATCS receiver and a voice feed for the rail lines in the area. By utilizing this method, we are able to cover large areas of the rail lines in the area.

As of September 2018, our current coverage count:
NS Kenova District, Wolf Creek, Lenore, and Nolan Branches: 5 servers online, full coverage from Portsmouth (Bertha) to Williamson
NS Pocahontas District/Guyandot River Branch: 2 servers, coverage from Iaeger to Bluefield. One server planned to cover west end from Williamson to Iaeger, plus west end of Gilbert Branch/Guyandot River Branch
NS Clinch Valley District, Appalachia District, & Buchanan/Dismal/Big Creek Branch: 2 servers online, coverage from Norton to Tazewell, VA on the CV, from Big Stone to Justice on the Appy, and from Grundy to Consol on the Buchanan Branch. One server planned for Justice to Knox section near Hurley, VA.

The downside to this method of coverage means that we have to rent space on towers with a local two-way radio company. While requiring a monthly rental cost, this method requires far less servers and allows voice reception to increase drastically. That is the purpose of this Patreon.. those that find the radio feed or ATCS servers useful are encouraged to contribute towards the cost of tower space and internet, which currently falls on my behalf.

Over the course of Winter 2018, I plan on converting all radio servers to new low-power mini computers running off battery power, a similar method to what most public safety and commercial agencies do for their radio equipment. This way, in the event of a long term power failure, the servers will continue to run. Plans are also in the works to add solar charging to increase reliability and operation during extended power outages.

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Tiers
Bronze Tier
$6 or more per month
Silver Tier
$11 or more per month
Gold Tier
$16 or more per month
Platinum Tier
$21 or more per month
God Tier
$27 or more per month