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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2015, 4(3), 154-159;

Radio/Antenna Mounting System for Wireless Networking under Row-Crop Agriculture Conditions

Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Crop Production Systems Research Unit, 141 Experiment Station Rd., Stoneville 38776, USA
Academic Editor: Dharma P. Agrawal
Received: 19 March 2015 / Revised: 13 May 2015 / Accepted: 10 June 2015 / Published: 1 July 2015
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Interest in and deployment of wireless monitoring systems is increasing in many diverse environments, including row-crop agricultural fields. While many studies have been undertaken to evaluate various aspects of wireless monitoring and networking, such as electronic hardware components, data-collection procedures, power management, and communication protocols, little information related to physical deployment issues has been reported. To achieve acceptable wireless transmission capability, the radio/antenna must be positioned properly relative to the ground surface or crop canopy to minimize degradation of the radio signal, usually requiring the mounting of the radio/antenna above the canopy. This results in the presence of obstacles to normal agricultural equipment traffic and production operations and potential damage to the wireless monitoring system. A simple and rugged radio/antenna mounting system was designed which could be subjected to encounters with agricultural equipment without suffering physical damage. The mounting system was deployed and tested, and operated successfully following repeated encounters with various agricultural machines and implements. The radio/antenna mount is simple and inexpensive to fabricate using locally available components. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless network; radio; antenna; row-crop agriculture wireless network; radio; antenna; row-crop agriculture

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Fisher, D.K. Radio/Antenna Mounting System for Wireless Networking under Row-Crop Agriculture Conditions. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2015, 4, 154-159.

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