High speed Internet – the Wok way

Posted on February 23, 2007 
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From Oamaru Mail in New Zealand:

Why pay $20,000 for a commercial link to run your television station when a $10 kitchen wok from the Warehouse is just as effective?

This is exactly how North Otago’s newest television station 45 South is transmitting its signal from its studio to the top of Cape Wanbrow, in a bid to keep costs down.

45 South volunteer Ken Jones designed the wok transmitter in his spare time last year when he wanted to provide wireless broadband to his Ardgowan home.

“A group of us wanted to connect our computers to each other and then we worked out a way to get of getting the signal between two points,” he said.

He discovered satellite dishes were between $100 to $400 retail and that smaller dishes, the same size as a wok, were $80.

Mr Jones thought he could do better.

Along with friend Murray Bobbette they worked out mathematical equations to prove the curved metal face of a wok would have the same effect as a small satellite dish.

“We have spent a lot of time getting it right — the first time we installed one we had it up a pole with the handle still on the end of the wok,” he said.

“We had it connected to the woolshed and initially you couldn’t get a signal the width of the paddock and now it can reach up to 20km.”

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