Tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday the 13th) we will be upgrading equipment on Mockingbird Tower in conjunction with the first phase of our bandwidth improvement project. Subscribers homed to Mockingbird and Rio Vista towers may experience slower response and possibly some brief outages on the order of 10-15 minutes in the period between noon and 5 PM, as the tower may need to be rotated down out of service to replace radios at height. These interruptions should affect subscribers of those two towers only.
Our downtown feed radio to Mockingbird Tower is now definitely misbehaving. Despite showing good signal and quality, it is not delivering anywhere near the bandwidth it should be. We suspect the unit is undergoing a slow failure mode.
This problem affects subscribers of Mockingbird and Rio Vista towers only.
We have switched to an easier frequency for the ailing radio to handle, and have also activated the backup link between our airport tower and Mockingbird in order to steer more bandwidth into Mockingbird and Rio Vista.
We already have equipment in transit, ordered earlier to replace this unit, scheduled to arrive Wednesday. We expect to have it configured and ready for deployment before Friday close of business. Some brief (~10 minutes) interruptions in service may occur near the end of the week as the new equipment is cut into service.
This situation is receiving our priority attention. We apologize for the degradation.
Here’s the status of the speed improvement activity we undertook last week, and a look at improvements we have scheduled in the very near future. Continue reading