Phase 1 goal was to place an arduino, the transceiver, and a large battery in a waterproof case and set the device to transmit once per second. The transmissions were to be received with another radio and an FTDI cable into a laptop.
Using the setup described above, with a Yagi antenna, 2 mile range achieved. Transmitter was placed in a ravine and receiver received a data signal at a 2 mile distance through several neighborhoods and across a power distribution area. We were able to read an incrementing counter sent by the transmitter as well as RSSI Signal strength.