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New blog post on trying to build a LoRaWAN gateway and failing miserably.

tsukuru.club/posts/adventures-

@njha
You need to restrict the communication to a single channel if you don't have a gateway.

@njha
And also one device should be in continuous receive mode. (Like class C)

@njha nice blog post.
I also wanted to use LoraWAN a while ago to build a simple bicycle GPS tracker.

Unfortunately, if you want to use the Things Network, you are limited by the fair use thethingsnetwork.org/forum/t/l which seriously limit the use case for a GPS tracker.

For your cheap gateway, it can work if you manually set the channel used by your device (fixed on one of the 8 possible channels).

For more details, Andreas Spiess made great videos on the subject youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3X

@captainju Thanks for the info! I finally got it to communicate reliably, but only within ~5 meters.

The next thing I'm going to try is a half wavelength antenna instead of a quarter wavelength.

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