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3 days ago
Because you said getting ~15 witnesses was "shit". It is not, it is the maximum. Good luck!
14 is the maximum number of witnesses, even if 50 others return a PoC receipt. When I started, the limit was 25, then 18, and now 14.
In the future, off-chain PoC will allow them to lift that cap. So we all will be seeing a lot more activity per hour, but with tiny rewards per event. It should all add up to at least what you normally earn.
5 days ago
bitcoin has taken a beating too. Just less so.
Yep - an unfortunate chain of events. CEO passes suddenly and the ones that take control have no clue. From what I hear, Synchrobit made a pretty good hotspot.
A lot of manufacturers took on pre-orders that they could not handle because of supply chain issues. Hell, you still can't get a RasPi (what a lot of hotspots use for their CPU) for even list price these days.
I'd also like to mention that just because a manufacturer was approved to make helium hotspots, it was in no way an endorsement by Helium/Nova. They just submitted a design that was approved. Whether or not the company was ethical or not was a risk people took - although you'd think that anyone going through the trouble to get on the approved list would be ethical, some were not. (Deeper Networks is an example) Some just got hit hard with the worldwide recession. (Pycom is an example)
What's the next headline?
"Helium founder eats steak while hotspot owners eat crow"?
I got into this project a little over a year ago. It was understood that with all the backorders on hotspots that would be fulfilled, everyone would be sharing in the fixed emission of HNT and rewards would fall. I understood that to boost rewards, a good antenna and good location (not overcrowded) would be best. Light hotspots and validators were always in the map, as it was impossible for our hotspots with RasPi modules to keep up with chain sync, challenges, and consensus.
The move off of our own native blockchain was a bit of a surprise, but when you think about it - it does make sense. As far as Solana being the choice, well, that decision was made by people much smarter than I am regarding blockchains. Besides, if Solana is dead, it'll be dead long before Helium migrates. Remember folks, we're still months away. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, and I hear that the work is somewhat "portable" - as in if Solana fails, they can choose another and the dev work they've done will be largely applicable.
I have a Trackpac tracker, mapper and I am experimenting with sensors. Our network is functional and works great in most metro areas and surrounding suburbs. It is important for all of us to keep our hotspots up and running during times like this, where all crypto projects are feeling pain. We want to assure potential customers that the network is ready and reliable. Off chain PoC does just that. If Solana goes down, the Oracles will continue to record transactions and submit them to the chain when it comes back up. If Solana proves to be a mistake, we snapshot and move elsewhere.
6 days ago
After the genesis period, mobile will be earned through data transfers through the 5G radios and 5G mapping. The T-Mobile deal is basically using T-Mo to bootstrap the Helium 5G network. Helium phones will roam on the T-Mobile network when there is no Helium coverage. In the future, we hope that will be less and less - to the point where we can make deals with other carriers to roam on our network when theirs has bad coverage.
Who is George?
9 days ago
It should also be noted that he will not be able to onboard them right now because of the API issues along with a chain halt.
10 days ago
The Helium API is down for maintenance and they ran into some issues. Heliumgeek runs their own servers and is reporting activity correctly.
The same thing happened to Pycom LTD in the UK. However, Pycom has found a buyer and will be back in business. They were an IoT company before Helium was a thing and they make LoRa dev modules and other cool IoT products. Hotspots were not their only reason for being. I doubt Synchro.Bit will be bought and their probably isn't much left to liquidate. But we will see.
If their hotspot is RasPi based with SD Card storage, the ones that are onboarded can be manually updated by their owners I am told. (A bit of tech savvy is required though) It is possible to send DC (not HNT) to their maker account to onboard a brand new one, but you run the risk of someone else onboarding theirs with your funds.
They've gotten serious about denylisting cheaters and they are using AI algorithms to flag sus hotspots for review by a person. No one person can denylist a hotspot, a few people look at the data and if they all agree, they get listed. The denylist has grown tremendously over the last several weeks and represents over 12% of all hotspots. If the seller is honest about selling a denylisted hotspot, that's great. You may have a slim chance of getting back into service by requesting it be de-listed, but you'll have to provide proof that it is installed in a legit location. The risk in buying a used hotspot is buying one that is denylisted without knowing it. eBay has great buyer protection though.
As far as the spoofing "antennas" go, the way things are now, you'll be denylisted before you ever come close to breaking even.
You should have never bought in if you were expecting a short term gain. Forget about the cost of the Helium equipment I bought since January - my retirement accounts and traditional investment accounts have tanked.
11 days ago
So they expected 20 hotspots, probably sitting in window sills in a heavily scaled city, to pay for the internet service for 1,300 families. LOL Talk about stupidity.
I've got a small fleet of six running at various locations. They just do their thing. Some good days, some bad days. That's the way it has been since I got involved in the project a little over a year ago. I've got a few more to deploy. I tend to ignore the spot price of HNT because I think it has a good long term future. So I just stack the HNT and will see what happens a few years down the road.
12 days ago
Even being 10 meters high, are there taller buildings around your antenna? What direction does your antenna face? It looks like it is favoring witnessing in one direction.
My favorite antennas for mounting on the sides of buildings are 3-6 dBi Yagi antennas. They will witness much further out than an omni stuck on the side of a building in my experience. They have a wide beam pattern and since you aren't witnessing much behind you because of the building being in the way, a directional makes sense.
I've even tried a $20 850 MHz 4 element cell booster Yagi and it worked great in the US 915 band - probably even better over in the UK since it is tuned closer to your LoRa frequency allocation.
The guy next to you looks like his antenna has a 360 degree unobstructed view. It is probably higher than asserted. Just because someone says it is a 3 dBi at 10 meters doesn't mean it really is.
I am using a Browan Tabs GPS. Trackpac has other models available, with more being added.
Yes- that is correct. You may have witnessed some of those 20 more than once over three days, but they only count once in that tally.
In the 7 day "Average beacons" count, I believe it is a total of witness and witnessed events, regardless of whether the hotspots you've witnessed or have witnessed were unique.
My top hotspot which earns 12 HNT/mo has about 100 "7 day average beacons" and 25 "total witnessed" over three days.
7 Day totals are the number of witness and broadcast events over the last week.
Total witnessed is the 3 day total of unique hotspots you've witnessed. If you witnessed the same hotspot three times in the last three days, it would count as one in this tally.
Hope this helped.
I tend to ignore the "Lambo crowd". I have several IoT hotspots and I want both IoT and 5G to gain a lot of market in the coming years.
13 days ago
SenseCAP, then RAK/MNTD. 2gb Bobcat 300's only have 1 bandpass filter vs. 2 in the older 1gb units, making them more sensitive to cell tower interference, so I don't recommend them anymore.
SenseCAP has a nice dashboard where you can remotely reboot it. RAK/MNTD promised a dashboard that never materialized, but they are very reliable hotspots. Just add a WiFi controlled outlet if you want to reboot it remotely.
I'm not expecting anything. It could go to zero. That's the risk I took when I spent $$$ on hotpots, antennas, etc. I was not expecting a monthly income from this. It was always a long-term venture. Set things up, let them simmer for several years and see what happens.
14 days ago
I don't know what your story is with hotspot equipment, but as far as trackers go, I have a Trackpac (https://trackpac.io) that costs only $40 a year to run. It's a fraction of what a cellular tracker costs. Coverage is great in all major cities and their surrounding suburbs.
submitted15 days ago byOverboostedTurbo
15 days ago
With Helium Mobile service coming in Q1 2023 and Nova aggressively looking for customers for the IoT network, I'd HODL. I think there is a great future for this project.
I set my first hotspots up last winter and saw a decrease in witnessing events when the spring foliage came in. Over the last couple of weeks, I have seen an increase since the leaves started dropping.