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  1. We have started a new thread for KAW-DAW. The previous thread is over 7,000 entries and has been closed. It ran for three years! If you've never played Keep a Word, Drop a Word before, it is really simple. See below... Example Post 1: customer satisfaction Example Post 2: tough customer Example Post 3: tough break Example Post 4: break wind Comprendo? See, it is really simple. For each new post just keep a word from the previous post and drop the other and replace with a new one. Please KEEP your posts to JUST 2 WORDS, but if you are stuck and must to, you can include a "helper" word, like: a, the, an, etc. BUT the next post CANNOT use that "helper" word as the one they keep for the next post. You can however use the same "keep" word as the previous poster if you want to. Otherwise just have fun with it and let's see where it goes? If things get stalled out just start a new line of thought by making a new 2 word saying. I will kick off the game below...
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Chicken Pun
  3. I went to the Sprint Call Center today in the Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho. I thought I may be able to sniff out some LTE there like the one near Denver. Sadly, I did not encounter any LTE. I even went inside. But I did discover eHRPD. At first, I thought the eHRPD was just at the Call Center. But it appears to be throughout the ABQ metro area. I drove all over Rio Rancho and the ABQ west side changing sites more than 10 times, and I'm still on eHRPD. Looks like we are eHRPD live now. I took several screen shots. Performance is identical to EVDO-A when connected to the same sites. As expected, the site where I get 2Mbps+ site speeds (at Unser and Paradise on the west side) is still just as fast on eHRPD. But I always get those speeds there. Robert on Samsung Galaxy S-III via Tapatalk
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Hot Dog
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    SITE UPGRADE WARNING

    IP Board is putting S4GRU in the queue to have the site upgraded to its newest version. We currently operate in the 3 series. We will be upgrading to the 4 series. We likely will not have much notice when this happens. If I am given a timeframe, I will post it. But we are currently in an upgrade queue. Once IP Board techs begin the actual migration and upgrade process, S4GRU will be temporarily offline. This will take several hours. When it goes back online, it will likely look very, very different. Not necessarily in a good way. The upgrade will remove most of the S4GRU custom formatting, if not all of it. Also, some of the functionality, like Tapatalk, may not work at all initially. Side banners, tabs, navigation...I mean nearly everything may be screwy, not working right, in a new location or completely missing. Once it's back online, I will spend most of the effort of time on usability and content access. Making sure all the critical parts of the site are functional. Then I will start working on formatting. Working on colors, logos, etc. The content will all be there. Don't need to worry about Wall posts, forum posts or messages being destroyed. But you may not be able to get to it the way you're used to. And it may look very generic initially. The new upgrades will allow more customization and keep us current with all security and spam features. Our old version was no longer supported. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences. I may solicit some help too, if required. As I am very busy at work right now. I wish we had more information on the impacts, but every site takes them differently. We will be surprised and adjust as required. Blessed are the flexible! Robert
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Top Sirloin
  7. Activity is well under way in the Rochester market from vendors Samsung and Alcatel/Lucent. GMO sites are being worked on in the south of the market by Alcatel Lucent. Samsung recently started work in the Rochester area on full build sites. I am creating this thread as a placeholder for our members to discuss Sprint Network Vision deployment in the Rochester market.
  8. There are not many sites left with no LTE left on them. Of course, there are still lots of areas without LTE. But that's different than the site itself not having any LTE.
  9. Weird stuff there in Rapid City. Sprint has enough EBS spectrum to run a few 20MHz channels there. I'm not sure why they are doing 5MHz channels. Additionally, I see B25 channels in the Neighbor List. Which, based on the PCI numbers, these are from the Golden West Wireless sites that are broadcasting B25 G block. Of interesting note...the SCP B41 connection shown on PCI 6 is not the Rapid City Protection Site. It is the Downtown Rapid City Golden West site on the roof of a 9 story office tower, north facing sector. So this is the first evidence we have seen that the Golden West sites in Rapid City that host Sprint frequencies have deployed B41 also. The Neighbor List also says it shows the Golden West site in NW Rapid City near Deadwood and I-90 and the Golden West Site in South Rapid City near Skyline and US 16. Where Tengen31 was at when he tok that screenshot, it did not see the Rapid City Protection Site in the Neighbor List. Furthermore, even more interesting, the screen shot of the Engineering Screen shows PCI 450. Which IS THE RAPID CITY PROTECTION SITE. This is the same PCI reported to me when B41 went live in the Protection Site a few months ago. He was standing right beneath the tower at that time. So Tengen31 was connected to the Protection Site when that screen shot was taken. Another interesting note...Golden West Wireless controls most of the BRS spectrum in Rapid City. Since Sprint and GWW have a contract already, it seems like they could work out something for 20MHz channels in BRS if they couldn't do it in EBS. The 5MHz channels are a huge mystery to me. @Tengen31, do you know exactly where you were in Rapid when you took each of those screenshots? Additionally, any chance you can run CellMapper and Sensorly while you are in Rapid, if you're still there? Robert
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Purple Rain
  11. Not Swiftel. It's not in their market. You can tell by the Cascade ID. It would have BK in place of XC or XD. And for those wondering, BK stands for Brookings. As in Brookings Municipal Utilities. The legal owner of Swiftel is the City of Brookings. Swiftel is just a brand name that use to for their communications networks. It really is a City Utility that formed a Sprint affiliate. If Swiftel were a private company it probably would have been purchased by Sprint long ago.
  12. It's definitely a Sprint Site. There is a Sprint Cascade ID on the equipment. I looked it up and found it. And like you point out it used to be a relay site. Interestingly though, the site has been there over a year. I found the Cascade ID in the system and there is a Google Map image from June 2017 showing it in place. It shows the old relay too. However, the change to direct backhaul is likely new. Robert
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Fried Chicken
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Lafleur Bacon
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    SITE UPGRADE WARNING

    They did drop a new plugin on Friday. I just installed it now. Let me know how it goes! Robert
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Guy Fieri
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    Announcing...Honored Premier Sponsor

    Updated the list tonight. Here is a summary of the changes. Justen moved up several places on the list. JohnHovah moved up 4 spots. jlbattagli moved up two places. Dkoellerwx, Turas, lb124 and Trip moved up one spot. No one bumped off the list this update. And no new members added. There are quite a few members within striking distance to get to Honored Premier. You can send me a message to find out how close you are now. Thanks for all your support! Robert
  18. We appreciate all the generosity that our members provide to pay to keep S4GRU online. All of your donations are wonderful and contribute to the bottom line. And I have always wanted to honor the folks who have carried the largest burdens. We know that even to become a Premier Sponsor is a significant financial commitment, and we thank you all who have given so generously. Below are the Top financial contributors to S4GRU. Many of these members are quiet and keep to themselves, rarely posting. Some never posting at all. And many of you probably didn't even realize that our Staff are among the biggest contributors. Hopefully one day, many more of you will be on the list. I will keep this list updated, and as each new donation gets logged in the database, it will be updated. We are starting with the Top 20 donaters for now (we expanded to 40). But once you earn the title Honored Premier Sponsor, you will keep it. Even if you get bumped off the list. Honored Premier Sponsors will get a new title under their avatar. We may in the future add some additional perks, but that's it for now. Thanks again to all of you who generously support S4GRU. You make it all possible, and I couldn't do it without you guys (and a few gals)! Robert
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Family Pizza
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    Keep a Word, Drop a Word #6

    Uno Party
  21. I like this commercial. Entertaining. Gets the point across. A+ Robert
  22. by Robert Herron Sprint 4G Rollout Updates Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 10:01 AM MST Clearwire let loose today with a select reporting of Q4-2011 financial results. Of course, these are cherry picked to get the mood about Clearwire's financials prospects reversed into positive light. However, I must admit they look a little better than I was expecting. Clearwire managed to double revenues from the previous quarter reported in 2010. This is attributable to sizable growth in its wholesale business, of which, a whopping majority comes from Sprint Nextel. Their retail business is experiencing significant churn, which is not a surprise given Clearwire's abandoning their retail business model. I was actually expecting churn to be higher. Clearwire's cash and equivalents are notably higher and cushion the company much better than previous quarterly releases. This is most likely do to Sprint's cash infusions announced last quarter. I think it's too soon to get completely bullish on Clearwire. However, these are definitely positive developments for the beleaguered wireless carrier. Clearwire is sitting on massive spectrum reserves, which add a huge value to the company's spreadsheets. Clearwire continues to plan for and develop its new upcoming 4G TD-LTE network. Clearwire will have to integrate and deploy its new LTE network very carefully and thoughtfully. Currently, Clearwire is very dependent on its WiMax network to bring in the revenues. WiMax revenues are likely near their peak and expected to start declining in the next few quarters. Clearwire will need to try to get LTE to generate revenue at a minimum of dollar to dollar as WiMax declines. And that is looking less likely as the LTE network will not likely generate any revenues until Q4-2012 at the earliest. With the exception of perhaps some prepayments from Sprint. Separately, Clearwire offered $300 Million in Senior Secured Notes to raise additional funding for operations. If I were a betting man, I would wager that Clearwire is releasing these cherry picked Q4 results in order to raise these funds. But I would do the same thing, myself. Clearwire is expected to release full 4th Quarter results prior to the February 17th Q4-2011 Results call. Source: http://corporate.cle...eleaseID=641792
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