April update.. finally, progress!
 
First off, as always, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has stuck around this long. I know it has been a long time, but this winter, as we all know, has been nuts, especially weather-wise. I want to especially thank those that mailed in donations (Brent and Dave) as well as Corey Farmer for assisting with some equipment purchases (more on that below)  

I had to wait until the 2nd to post this, so that nobody thought I was fooling.. but we have seriously made some progress in March! I went to Horsepen Mountain and did some more capturing and decoding for the Pocahontas District layout, gathering some important data from the wye at Ought One that we did not have before. Most everything else occupancy and governing wise is done, so we just need to work on MOW blocks and such. Of course, having servers up will make that easier.. which brings me to my next point..  

WE ARE FINALLY INSTALLING NOT ONE.. BUT TWO.. SERVERS!  

That's right, after all this time, the weather has finally broken enough and arrangements have been made to install the two Clinch Valley ATCS servers. We are choosing these servers first as we are working on arrangements for the two Pocahontas servers.. more on that later.  The first server will be on High Knob in Norton, and the second server will be on Big A Mountain near Hoanker. Combined, these servers will cover the Clinch Valley from Norton to Cedar Bluff, the Appalachia District from Big Stone Gap to Frisco, and as a bonus, the Kingsport Sub from NE Starnes to at least SE Johnson City (everything north of Starnes is on satellite codeline and not available via ATCS, unfortunately :-( not including the crossover at St. Paul which is controlled by NS)  

I know there is a Kingsport ATCS server already.. that is what we are estimating our coverage off of. However, due to the site's location, I hope we will be able to extend down past Kingsport and into Erwin. The stretch picked up by the current server is received from three base towers: Clinchport, Kingsport, and Johnson City. Having High Knob at a higher elevation means we should be able to hear towers further south.   As mentioned before, both sites will have voice feeds for their corresponding areas. This should also mean we will have voice coverage to around Haysi on the KP Sub, as well as to Pennington Gap on the Cumberland Valley Sub (all dark territory), as well as the NS lines. We are also hopeful for coverage across the Wyatt Cutoff and onto the Buchanan Branch towards Weller on NS. A map of the estimated coverage area (20 mile radius circles) is depicted below.  

These servers will be installed this Thursday (April 5th) pending weather. All the equipment is already here (computers, antennas, radios, preamps, cabling, etc) and the tower company will be putting us on the tower, so we're hoping to have both done in one day. Greg is working on redoing the Clinch Valley layout to match the rest of our layouts.. that will take a day or two to test out, but expect a file to be uploaded this weekend with the current layouts, configs, instructions, etc. There is also a Knoxville East layout, with the addition of part of the Kingsport Sub from Kingsport to Starnes, which already has partial coverage thanks to servers around Bulls Gap.  

I will be out of town for two weeks at the end of April for work, so hopefully that will give us plenty of time to decode and make sure everything is running properly. However, I have been talking with the host we are going through for the Horsepen radio site, and we're planning on a day in May to go up and do the Horsepen radio server install. The Windmill Gap server is also coming, but we are ironing out the details for those, as we are working with the county to locate at their radio tower. I hope to have that one complete at the end of May, beginning of June at the latest.  

Remember, if you have not done so already, you need to go to the ATCS Monitor Yahoo group at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ATCS_Monitor/ and join the group. Once you have joined, download both the "ATCSMon410.exe" and "ATCSMon426.exe" installation files. Install 4.1.0 first, then when that is done, run the 4.2.6 installer to upgrade your ATCS installation to the latest version.