September 15, 1999



The NSF transmitted its final approval for the 3 year, $1,029,000 'continuing' Grant Award ANI-9909218 to Old Colorado City Communications, with David Hughes Principal Investigator, on September 14th, 1999. The work is to start on September 15th, and the first year's work will officially be over on August 31st, 2000.

The Project is officially named, by the NSF, as " "Prototype Testing and Evaluation of Wireless Instrumentation for Ecolgical Research at Remote Field Locations." We will use the term 'Biological Research by Wireless' for short.

The details of the Purpose, Scope, Plan of Work of this Project is accessible from the top page of

The final approval was not made when the PI requested it, so the project is starting 45 days later than requested. This will largely affect the first winter's work, for the lakes in Northern Wisconsin will start freezing over in November. There may not enough time to research, design, fabricate, deploy and installed the first wireless system out on a lake, as requested by Tim Kratz, PI for the Trout Lake research site. But we can ask for time extensions at the other end of the project time, if needed to complete work.


Work has started on a revision of the original web site which carried both running and final reports for the previous award "Wireless Field Tests for Education" projects through March 1st, 1999, when it was over.

The revision to the web site will present this Biological Sciences by Wireless project from the home page of The earlier project web presentations will be accessible from the home page of this one. No data will be lost.

The site will be well illustrated by graphical maps, photographs, and diagramatical information, as well as numerous links to the Biological Research Project area's web sites which are being served by this wireless project.


This wireless project is designed to support working biologists in the field. Thus this Award, made from the Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research (ANIR) Division of the NSF, is coordinated with the Biological Sciences Directorate, which funds and supports over 1,200 researchers engaged in fundemental research out of 21 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. It was at the suggestion of BSD that the initial sites they would like to be supported wirelessly, are:

1. Wisconsin North Temperate Lakes LTER - at Trout Lake, Wisconsin, affiliated with University of Wisconsin at Madison, and its Center for Limnology. Tim Katz at Trout Lake is the PI there. 2. Puerto Rican Tropical Rainforest Luquillo LTER - at the Luqillo National Forest, PR. Affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Forest Service. Jess Zimmerman in Puerto Rico is the PI.

Thus the initial effort to link up field sensors wirelessly will be at these two LTERs, representing an enviornmental paranthesis bracketting extremes of weather and environment that other LTERS face.

All the LTERs are linked to both an overall, and individual web sites, most operating supported at the main university affiliated with the site. The over all web site is From this site all other sites can be reached.

The Trout Lake and Madison Lakes LTER can be reached at

The Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER can be reached at

Organization for Work

This PI (Dave Hughes) has already, before this grant was awarded, and at his own expense, visited both Trout Lake, Wisconsin, and the Luquillo Forest in Puerto Rico to meet with the PIs, get familiar with the work they do there, and what kind of data collection would they like us to connect up wirelessly first. This was reflected in the Project Plan on this web site

But as planned for in the work plan, an early task will be to visit the primary company which supplies data loggers (battery powered, sensor interfaces, with memory modules) to Trout Lake and Luqillo - Campbell Scientific, Logan, Utah. To get operational information on how their devices work, their port interfaces, and the file format data produced by the software that reads and records their data.

That trip will be taken in October, after a trip to Cameno Island, Puget Sound, Washington, where initial work will be planned with Steve Roberts of Nomad Research Labs, for him to make and deliver the prototype of a miniaturized mobile environmental data and communications device.

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