I have yet another side project that I think about from time to time. I belong to a cross country ski club and volunteer to maintain the ski trails in the Bighorn mountains in north-central Wyoming. My goal is to count the skiers that use our trails. The counting part is solved and the data transmit part would be solved using an Electron and MQTT if the site was within cell data range which it is not. I wondering about implementing some sort of bucket-brigade wireless data transfer system using LoRa starting at the trail site with a data forwarding link to eventually reach a site on the top of a mountain that is about two miles as-the-crow-flies from the trails. I’d have good solid access to the cellular network from that other peak (it has an old lookout tower on it). I can put the Electron on the mountain top to receive the data from the LoRa bucket brigade. The trailhead is down in a valley without direct line-of-sight to the mountain top.
I’d appreciate it if others with a broader scope of experience could send pointers of how to research the solution to this problem.
DH - 34 yrs embedded software experience