How can we improve Terrain Navigator Pro? (Desktop Software)

Radius Tool or Tower Tool

Add radio propagation model: Identify a point for a tower, its height above ground level, and how many miles it can transmit, then TNP shades the map to show you where signal can reach and where it can't. Alternatively: Locate a point, move any distance from that point, click to set your radius and then move the cursor in an arc to draw any portion of a circle from 5 degrees to 360 degrees. It would show the length in feet of the radius (i.e. length of pivot) and the acres within the circle or partial circle.

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    AdminEd Lecuyer (Technical Product Manager, Terrain Navigator Pro) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Bill May commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        See other suggestion "Viewsheds" on including Viewsheds as an associated utility.

      • Steve Steinbrecher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This might be a useful tool as well for tracking cell "pings off a given known tower during a SAR, allowing one to use the degrees and radius of a cell antenna.

      • Tommy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have also asked for this for years. Currently it is a huge task to run these radio coverages and not have to spend a fortune doing so. Please, something easy, simple, and quick. I spend a lot of time in the field looking at possible tower sites and need to be able to do a quick analysis of and area in order to determine whether or not to pursue it any further. A quick radio propagation tool would be great.

      • Jardy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I made this suggestion years ago. It would just expand on the line of sight/profile tools, but make it a 360 radius for your given distance (5 miles, etc). Probably wouldn't need more than about 10 miles for a cross band repeater, more for a regular repeater.

      • caver456 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        our SAR group (CA) has looked at doing actual field tests to see where certain signals can be received. Simple radius, even automatically accounting for topography / line of sight, might or might not produce actual usable results due to local interference - power lines, multipath off buildings, tree cover, other structures, etc etc. If the field testing yields usable info, then a raster overlay might be a good way to handle it: draw your actual reception area by hand and add it as a raster overlay.

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