Date: January 9, 2022 at 7:26 pm

Name or Handle: Ephraim

Topic: Antennas

Question:

Good afternoon,

After viewing your Helium 5G Q + A with Travis, Jeremy and Dennis I believe I would be a candidate to fill the need for helium’s FreedomFi 5G. Unfortunately, I am still not committed to the Helium Provided 5G antenna. After conducting some quick research I am able to find third party radio/antenna’s for CBRS, however, I am unsure if compatibility will become an issue. I can’t imagine that being the case but would you be able to shed some light on what to look for when researching FreedomFi 5G redio/antenna’s? This may also be a great video for individuals who are less knowledgeable such as myself.

R,
Ephraim

Date: January 4, 2022 at 11:37 pm

Name or Handle: Zacsophonist (zac-sOFF-uhn-ist)

Topic: The Network

Question:

Howdy Mr. G,
Thanks for the energy you pump into this community!
I’m currently building my first fleet in an area with 0 network coverage. What is the optimal number of hotspots per network cluster? I suspect the variables are “max 18 witnesses”, and “any more than 4 will begin to affect transmit scale”, but I can’t figure out the equation.
By “optimal” I mean before moving on and starting a cluster in another 0 network coverage area.

Thanks!

Date: December 30, 2021 at 5:31 am

Name or Handle: Tres

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

Hi-
I live in a condo on the 18th floor of a building in Rockville, MD USA. I want to install a MNTD miner with a 02-928MHz White Outdoor Helium Antenna outside on my balcony. I ordered a coaxial cable from USA Coaxial https://usacoax.com/custom/custom-helium-lmr-400uf-ultraflex-cable-build-530.html. I will use the RAK enclosure https://store.rakwireless.com/products/outdoor-enclosure-kit-h?variant=37912840175814. I have a power pole on my balcony but I do not have a way to run an ethernet cable. My walls are floor to ceiling windows so I cannot drill to run the cable. Can I run my miner via a wireless connection? I am very new at this. Thanks for your help!
Best,
Ed

Date: December 22, 2021 at 10:22 am

Name or Handle: moKi

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

Do you think there should be or eventually will be limited licenses per hex to get people to stop putting up Hotspots in hexes that already have 4 or 5+? I get redundancy is good but it’s getting to the point where it’s hurting everyone and not expanding coverage. Would it be possible for Helium to sell yearly licenses for DCs? That way they could limit licenses per hex and only those with licenses could earn HNT. The others would become gateways only.

Date: December 21, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Name or Handle: Rafael Cadosch

Topic: Something Else

Question:

Can you help me get 3 helium hotspots AU915 thanks Nik I havent been able to buy them thanks have a great year 🙂

Date: December 21, 2021 at 11:11 am

Name or Handle: Emmanuel

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

what would be best way to have the MILESIGHT IOT UG65 HELIUM miner to be portable please list battery and solar panel

Date: December 21, 2021 at 11:11 am

Name or Handle: Czero

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

Hey Nik. Got 3 miners. After poc v11, all 3 have drpd rwrds by 40-50%, but on 3rd, I also changed antenna + cable assembly. uPnP off. 44158 yes. but 0 witnesses over 5D. Could setup be damaged? Easy way to test other than replacing? Thanks!

Date: December 21, 2021 at 10:51 am

Name or Handle: AndyG

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

Do you think the network has lowered the number of challenges we do from every 4 hours to every 8 or 9 hours which means a lot lower earning for all of us 🙁

Date: December 21, 2021 at 10:43 am

Name or Handle: pragium

Topic: The Network

Question:

What will be the recommended line speed for running a 5G hotspot?
Any ideas on what the earnings expectation will be for 5G hotspots or what it will be based on?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 10:42 am

Name or Handle: Kyros

Topic: Something Else

Question:

How were you able to sell the idea of going into helium and helium mining to your SO? Did it take a lot of convincing or were they instantly on board? What are some tips for helping sell the idea (both the short term financial and long term support of the network) to your partner?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 10:34 am

Name or Handle: Adam

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

I can find coverage maps, but what about projected earnings/coverage. Example questions: Is it worthwhile? Am I adding to the network/community, or should I just skip a spot? Algorithms for height and placement success.

Date: December 21, 2021 at 10:10 am

Name or Handle: AndyG

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

Do you think the network has lowered the number of challenges we do from every 4 hours to every 8 or 9 hours which means a lot lower earning for all of us 🙁

Date: December 21, 2021 at 9:52 am

Name or Handle: JP

Topic: Optimization

Question:

Hi Nik,
Maybe not the best category but I’m not sure where else to ask this one so here we go:
Looking at my surrounding on the Helium map I see 5 hotspots in the same hive. These 5 are seemingly located at the same address but it looks like different models and different antennas for different results, etc.
My question is how should I consider this as complementary or competition (so to say) to my future location. Does distance, power, height or coverage matter here?
Many thanks for your input!

Date: December 21, 2021 at 9:50 am

Name or Handle: Mark in Michigan

Topic: Something Else

Question:

What kind of maintenance and how often will an outside roof attached hotspot need?
Will heat/cold be a problem with exterior high pole mounted hotspots?
Line of sight through trees and buildings shown on hot spotty? What is this?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 9:45 am

Name or Handle: JP

Topic: Antennas

Question:

You advised 6 dBi antenna for my location but I see 5.8 for sale. Is it the same?
Should I use a pole to set it up much higher to go above surrounding buildings?
How long should the cable be at the maximum. My understanding is the shorter the better.
Can we have bent edges when the cable is mounted?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 9:42 am

Name or Handle: Mike

Topic: Optimization

Question:

Hi Nik,

I’m also a Navy veteran, working in Saudi Arabia for the most part. I’m for Christmas and am interested in optimizing my hotspot in Borrego Springs. I hope to install it outside today.
ATB,
Mike

Date: December 21, 2021 at 8:44 am

Name or Handle: Andy

Topic: Optimization

Question:

Hi Nick. According to Hotspotty my hotspot is being witnessed as a transmitter (beaconer) more then witness other hotspots (beaconers). Basically it “hears less than being heard”. How to improve the ability of the hotspot to hear more beacons?
High Fiery Anteater (the hotspot is installed at 25m silo, clear LOS, 8dBi omni)

Date: December 21, 2021 at 8:32 am

Name or Handle: Steven

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

Have you found any 3rd party cell phone SIM plans work for off-grid helium miner setups? The only main ones I’ve found are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile. But do visible, mint, or any other 3rd party cell phone SIM plans work?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 8:25 am

Name or Handle: James

Topic: Optimization

Question:

Is there a profitable future for miners? California has become very saturated in the last 6 months, rewards are down for a lot of local friends with miners.

Date: December 21, 2021 at 8:01 am

Name or Handle: Andy

Topic: Very Technical Stuff

Question:

Hello, Nik.
1.Would like to hear your opinion about “two antennas-one hotspot” setup. Have you tried to use multiple antennas on one hotspot connected in parallel through a splitter? Lets say directional high gain antenna and omni low gain or high gain and low gain both omni.
2. Have you experienced cellular sites (base stations) affecting hotspots performance? If yes, have you tried using bandpass filters?
Thank you.

Date: December 21, 2021 at 7:57 am

Name or Handle: AZ Pete

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

My question is dealing with Suboptimal Transmit scales. HIP17
Resolution 4 it shows 0.47
561 to many, how do I correct this.
Thank you

Date: December 21, 2021 at 6:48 am

Name or Handle: Ken

Topic: Very Technical Stuff

Question:

1. Looking for general rules of thumb to use when visualizing RF propagation of the various DBi antennas… Especially when it comes to effective range of the common dBi antennas. I know, there are 1000’s of not wrong answers, 1000s of factors.
Even if you had to preface your answer with “imagine you were deploying Helium in a bare, flat empty Minecraft instance…” Or “in the vacuum of space” (High School Teacher throwback)… Your insights would be helpful!

2. Explaining the beacon / witness processes. How they affect rewards… And if there’s are maximums like:
– maximum number of beacons witnessed my a hotspot
– maximum witnesses that will reply to a hotspots beacon

Date: December 21, 2021 at 6:12 am

Name or Handle: Making Money With Michael

Topic: Something Else

Question:

Do you offer the service where we send you our hotspot, you set it up in the best area, and once you make back the initial set up cost, we split profits?

Date: December 21, 2021 at 6:09 am

Name or Handle: Andrei

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

1. I bought a hospot from someone, they transferred 3 hotspots to my helium account. I moved them to another city. I payed 10€, changed the location and after 1 day the hotspot is witnessing in another city still. How long should I wait for syncing? (Hotspot Name is Howling Violet Falcon)

2.How do you join the consensus group? Should I not withdraw HNT from my wallet? Is it worth it?

Thanks

Date: December 20, 2021 at 10:12 pm

Name or Handle: @krapow_gai on Twitter “Melted Oily Dog”

Topic: Antennas

Question:

MNTD miner with stock 2.3dbi antennae is in a condo about 33m high. Indoors so the signal goes through the impact windows facing North over water to Miami/Miami Beach. We have 111 total witnesses past 5 days, 216 avg beacons in the past 7 days. Transmit scale is terrible 0.12We are earning around 0.1 HNT per 24 hrs.
Is it worthwhile to buy a higher dbi antennae to make connections further away? Since our surrounding hexes are all red… should we try to reach past the nearby red hexes for the green hexes further away? “Melted Oily Dog”

Date: December 20, 2021 at 10:11 pm

Name or Handle: @krapow_gai on Twitter “Melted Oily Dog”

Topic: Antennas

Question:

We are earning around 0.1 HNT per 24 hrs.
Is it worthwhile to buy a higher dbi antennae to make connections further away? Since our surrounding hexes are all red… should we try to reach past the nearby red hexes for the green hexes further away? “Melted Oily Dog”

Date: December 20, 2021 at 9:51 pm

Name or Handle: moKi

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

Do you think there should be or eventually will be limited licenses per hex to get people to stop putting up Hotspots in hexes that already have 4 or 5+? I get redundancy is good but it’s getting to the point where it’s hurting everyone and not expanding coverage. Would it be possible for Helium to sell yearly licenses for DCs? That way they could limit licenses per hex and only those with licenses could earn HNT. The others would become gateways only.

Date: December 20, 2021 at 9:04 pm

Name or Handle: Grant

Topic: Antennas

Question:

How much of a block is glass compared to other building materials? I’ve heard that glass, while thin, is much denser and so blocks more signal. So is a window better than a drywall/timber wall or worse? glass vs concrete roof tile etc?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 9:01 pm

Name or Handle: Grant

Topic: Antennas

Question:

How do vertical and horizontal polarising antennas work, what’s the real advantage eg would they be more useful in cities and hilly valleys due to more relfection?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 8:13 pm

Name or Handle: @patrick_ifrim on Instagram

Topic: The Network

Question:

I heard from someone that proof of coverage PoC will be gone one day, so helium miners will be only rewarded for data transfer, is this true?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Name or Handle: Clay

Topic: Very Technical Stuff

Question:

Could you show us one of your personally deployed hotspots earnings and setup? Like in Explorer or DeWI?
(Of course plan ahead of time as to blur any hotspot names or info).
But yeah I think you are the raddest!! I’m also working on a huge project I would love to get you in on. I’ll fund everything. It’s just I don’t want to mention it unless I know you would be interested! We will go up in helium history for this one. Hit me up!

Date: December 20, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Name or Handle: Rob

Topic: The Network

Question:

In the Helium Explorer down on the left on the Load Checklist. I click on it to see where my Next Milestone is at. The Transfer Data always blinks and have not hit that milestone yet. When should we see data being transfer on our miners, since it seems we make 35% of the helium by doing that? and if so, can I start using Lorawan products in my house to take advantage of the reason of the network and the earnings of the data being transferred.

Thanks Love Channel

Date: December 20, 2021 at 1:56 pm

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: The Network

Question:

It seems many in the community are concerned about geolocation spoofing which aids in gaming the system without providing any real coverage. Are you aware of any measures being taken and actively worked on to address this ? Will the discontinuation of new DIY SWARM keys in any way reduce this kind of spoofing, or is geolocation spoofing equally possible on official Helium Miners ?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Name or Handle: Bold Marble Cockatiel

Topic: Optimization

Question:

I submitted this question on this webform, but it might have been for the last AMA and thus, too late. I don’t know if you got it so I’m resubmitting it, slightly edited and elaborated. Sorry for its length!

—————————————————————

Quantity vs. Quality

Since one gets credit for up to 18 of up to 25 witnesses for a beacon (soon to be up to 10 of up to 25); and as a witness one gets rewards based on the transmit scale of the beaconer and the number of fellow witnesses; it stands to reason that preferring hotspots with high transmit scales (high quality) and excluding those with low transmit scales (low quality) will produce the best beaconers and witness pools, and the highest HNT earnings.

I live in Berkeley, CA. My apartment location limits my antenna to indoors but I have a great view of rooftops for miles as well as line of sight across much of San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately my Goldspot with its stock 2.3 dbi antenna mostly witnesses low quality hotspots in saturated areas within 25 km, as well as a few nearby invalid neighbors in my hex.

There is a cluster of high quality hotspots on the Peninsula (between San Mateo and Woodside), to which I have line of sight. Does it make sense to use an 8 or 9 dbi patch antenna to lift my signal over the heads of my neighbors and narrowly target these hotspots in hopes that they will make up the majority of those my hotspot interacts with?

If so, how does it work ethically? I understand that the goal of Helium is to provide great coverage, but in the last AMA, one of your guests said that too much redundant coverage is not helpful. Is providing long distance coverage at the exclusion of already saturated nearby coverage, considered beneficial to the network, gaming the system, or neither?

In its announcement about the second rollout of PoCv11, Helium mentioned that there will be no distance limit imposed now. Is that likely to become a thing in the future?

I was just gonna get a patch antenna and try it out, but with PoCv11 recently rolled out — for real this time — I thought I’d wait to see what happens with other miners with high gain antennas. It also makes sense to wait until after your AMA, in case you decide to answer my question.

Sorry for so many questions in my question! Thanks for your blogs and vlogs, and this AMA!

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:42 pm

Name or Handle: weakass_dunks on Instagram

Topic: The Network

Question:

What are the factors that make the HNT earnings fluctuate so much? Usually I get 0.2 HNT a day…Once I got 1.9 HNT in a day…and sometimes I get 0.05. What’s behind that please?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: The Network

Question:

It seems many in the community are concerned about geolocation spoofing which aids in gaming the system without providing any real coverage. Are you aware of any measures being taken and actively worked on to address this ? Will the discontinuation of new DIY SWARM keys in any way reduce this kind of spoofing, or is geolocation spoofing equally possible on official Helium Miners ?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Name or Handle: @Stef_van_Dop on Twitter

Topic: Optimization

Question:

For ppl who live in apartments in big cities, is placing stuff just outside the window or on a balcony inside a city block useful? (as opposed to just keep it on the inside of a window)

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:12 pm

Name or Handle: @StefannMargot on Twitter

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

Is the RUT240 still your go to cell router for off grid deployments?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: The Network

Question:

What factors would you say help/hurt the adaption of the Helium Network for IOT businesses that are already using LoRaWAN ? What unique challenges does adopting the Helium network present over private LoRaWAN networks ?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:59 am

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: Something Else

Question:

What factors if any have been driving the delays in shipment across the board of Helium Miners asides from the pandemic and microchip shortages ? How long do you estimate one would have to wait if they were to order right now (6, 9, 12, etc months ?)

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:53 am

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: The Network

Question:

Does the Helium Network support any use cases besides connecting IOT devices to the internet ? What about IOT devices communicating to eachother with Hotspots acting as ‘relays’ without ever connecting to the internet ? (may not be the same thing as the term ‘Hotspot Relay’). What about devices (LoRaWAN compatible) that nudge right up against physical/legal bandwidth limitations, for example downloading small files off of the internet or something like a remote shell into a device ?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:32 am

Name or Handle: Marco

Topic: Antennas

Question:

What antenna can I use to witness hotspots located from 2 to 10 miles away and placed at the back of a 39m/128ft high apartment with more apartments behind and above it? Today I have a Mikrotik 6.5dBi omni antenna located at the balcony, but I got more witnesses than me witnessing others, so I have low rewards.
Someone told me to use a panel antenna at the balcony because of the vertical angle. However, if I do that, I should point it from the balcony to inside of the apartment which doesn’t look like a good idea because of the reflections. What would you recommend?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:29 am

Name or Handle: John Smith

Topic: Something Else

Question:

Trouble with using Helium Vision:
On both Firefox and Chrome I do not see the H3 Grid Hex-cells when I enable them, nothing happens when I click ‘Subscribe’ on the page with plans, and just on Firefox cannot perform a hotspot ‘Placement’. The browser’s console logs in Firefox:
– When loading app: https://snipboard.io/Ldsroh.jpg
– When making a placement: https://snipboard.io/DmErsy.jpg
– When clicking subscribe: https://snipboard.io/wgVu2O.jpg

Also I do have the uBlock Origin Add-On, but it is only on Firefox and has been disabled for app.helium.vision.

P.S. Is there a place I can direct questions/issues about your online tools ?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:26 am

Name or Handle: Will

Topic: Something Else

Question:

You mentioned in a past video the advice you got from the old pilot guy while you were traveling. Essentially, that “the opportunity of a lifetime comes around once a week if you’re looking for it”. Incredulous as it sounds, it feels to newcomers like me that Helium might be looking at the tail end of that week…
….or maybe I’ve spent too much time on Reddit forums.

Either way, what do you think about long-term profitability for HS owners, and specifically small fleet owners. Also, with plenty of new weeks to come in 2022, are there any other projects that spark your interest?

Your content is my Hopium, and with HS arriving this week also what keeps my bp in check. Thank you much and sincerely for all the free content and rock on!

Best wishes,

W

Date: December 20, 2021 at 11:20 am

Name or Handle: Marco

Topic: Antennas

Question:

Thinking about the PoCv11. Does it make any difference to my total HS + Antenna gain if I register a lower antenna gain (than the actual one) in the Helium App? What could be the difference to my earnings?

Date: December 20, 2021 at 8:56 am

Name or Handle: Patrick I on IG

Topic: The Network

Question:

Is it possible to deploy let’s say 20 miners in a place where there are no miners yet? Will they keep witnessing each other and getting HNT rewards?

Date: December 19, 2021 at 7:54 pm

Name or Handle: @montystratton on IG

Topic: Optimization

Question:

Cable types and lengths, using wifi or hardwired for traditional home install.

Date: December 19, 2021 at 6:54 pm

Name or Handle: @davidhoffy on IG

Topic: The Network

Question:

What’s the most effecient plan(s) of attack for acquiring more hotspots?

Date: December 19, 2021 at 6:53 pm

Name or Handle: @davidhoffy on IG

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

I have been running into problems with my solar setups for off grid. Can you run through what has worked for you and point me to a video? Specifically: My solar charge controller, panel and battery, and the order I should plug in everything.

Date: December 19, 2021 at 6:50 pm

Name or Handle: @tuckercox10 on Twitter

Topic: Hotspot Troubleshooting

Question:

I’ve got an indoor SenseCap M1 that I’m wanting to put in my attic. I live in Louisiana and the attic can get HOT during the summers. How could I make a heat-proof box to put it in? I’m scared the regular indoor enclosure won’t work.

Date: December 19, 2021 at 6:16 pm

Name or Handle: Monty S

Topic: Antennas

Question:

Antenna question: strength based on location, how much height matters.

Date: December 19, 2021 at 5:54 pm

Name or Handle: Sean L from Texas

Topic: Off Grid

Question:

Can you provide the details of the parts/components you used for your off grid backpack setups?

Date: December 9, 2021 at 12:40 am

Name or Handle: Bold Marble Cockatiel

Topic: Antennas

Question:

Quantity vs. Quality

Since one gets credit for up to 18 of up to 25 witnesses for a beacon (soon to be up to 10 of up to 25), it stands to reason that preferring hotspots with high transmit scales (high quality) and excluding those with low transmit scales (low quality) will produce the best witness pools and HNT earnings. I understand that the goal of Helium is to provide great coverage, but in the last AMA, one of your guests said that too much redundant coverage is not helpful.

I live in Berkeley, CA. My apartment location limits my antenna to indoors but I have a great view of rooftops for miles as well as line of sight across much of San Francisco Bay. Unfortunately my Goldspot with its stock 2.3 dbi antenna mostly witnesses low quality hotspots in saturated areas within 25 km, as well as a few nearby invalid neighbors in my hex.

There is a cluster of high quality hotspots on the Peninsula (between San Mateo and Woodside), to which I have line of sight. Does it make sense to use an 8 or 9 dbi patch antenna to lift my signal over the heads of my neighbors and narrowly target these hotspots in hopes that they will make up the majority of those my hotspot interacts with?

If so, how does it work ethically? Is providing long distance coverage at the exclusion of nearby coverage, considered beneficial to the network, or gaming the system?

Thanks for your AMA!

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