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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.19.3.0
For more information: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/aredn-v31930-available

News


AREDN Release Notes v3.19.3.0 – 23 March 2019

The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware.

Since our last stable release just 6 months ago, the AREDN team has made significant progress. We now fully support 55 devices from three manufacturers, and support an additional 4 devices with some cautions. This diversity of supported equipment enables hams to choose the right gear for a given situation and budget.

Our documentation has been vastly improved. If you haven't seen it recently, please look at the --ONLINE DOCS -- link under the Docs tab on the Main Menu bar. Our documentation is available to download as a PDF so that you can read it offline at your convenience. 

  1. AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT 18.06.2 released in January 2019. This includes a current version of the Linux kernel. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by developers around the world.
     
  2. Current AREDN nightly builds can be loaded onto any supported (or ‘in testing’) Ubiquiti device by using the TFTP method.   If the version of AirOS is v5.5 or lower, then the AirOS Web Interface may be used to load AREDN.   The bootloader provided with AirOS 5.6 and higher will check for official “signed Ubiquiti firmware” before...
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Updated date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 13:08


AREDN Release Notes v3.18.9.0 – 26 September 2018


The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware.

This release includes many significant improvements in the underlying OpenWRT code during the last 4 years, from July 2014 to August 2018. It also introduces a major upgrade in OLSR from version 0.6.7 to version 0.9.6.2.

Details of the OpenWRT changes are found at the following links:
OpenWRT 18.6.0 – First Stable Release – July 2018
OpenWRT 18.06.1 Service Release
OpenWRT Version History
 

List of Changes

  1. AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT 18.06.1 released in August 2018. This includes a current version of the Linux kernel. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by developers around the world.

  2. Current AREDN software can be loaded onto any supported (or ‘in testing’) Ubiquiti device by using the TFTP method.   If the version of AirOS is v5.5 or lower, then the AirOS Web Interface may be used to load AREDN.   The bootloader...

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Updated date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10:10

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Announcements


Ham Radio Presentations at SCALE 17X on YouTube


The ham radio presentations from the SCALE 17X conference are now available on YouTube.

The presentations are:
1. Orv Beach, W6BI will detail that growth with emphasis on Southern California, with metrics, maps and graphs.  He'll also cover some of the more significant network events, including the ability to stream video of recent brush fires from networked mountaintop webcams to YouTube.

2. Paul Wilkinson, K6IG talks about “Raspberry Pi + HAM Radio = Inexpensive repeater system”. With little effort a very powerful HAM repeater can be made with a Raspberry Pi, two HAM radios, and an internet connection. Some additional, yet inexpensive, hardware is required.

3. Ben Kuo, AI6YR presents “Linux, Raspberry PI, RTLSDR, LAME, and Open Source: A Recipe For Responding To Natural Disasters”. He covers both the why's and how's of putting together your own Raspberry Pi-based, open source system to help your own local community tap into the power of the crowdsourcing and social media emergency management.

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David Sarnoff Radio Club March 19 2019

Randy Smith, WU2S will give a presentation to the David Sarnoff Radio Club on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The club meets at the American Red Cross, 707 Alexander Rd Suite 101, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Randy will show that high-speed multimedia mesh networking is a 21st century solution for hams who provide communications support to emergency responders. This presentation will showcase recent advancements in the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) project, how people are deploying it, and examples of applications and services provided.
 


QSO Today Interviews Andre K6AH


Eric Guth, 4Z1UG / WA6IGR writes "Andre Hansen, K6AH, and his team of open source developers have taken amateur radio mesh networking to a new level with AREDN, that allows commercial low cost WIFI routers and access points to be used to build out local and regional broadband networks in the amateur bands above 2 GHz. Andre and I discuss this technology and its possibilities for the amateur radio community in this QSO Today."

Listen to the QSO Today podcast here.

"QSO Today is a podcast about amateur radio also known as ham radio.  Every week, I interview a leader, a mover and shaker, in the amateur radio world.  Many of the technologies that we enjoy today including television and radio, cell phones, computers, and the Internet were born out of the amateur radio experience. Amateur radio was the frontier where hams conducted electronic experiments in order to make that wireless contact around the World."


AREDN at Winterfest 2019


AREDN mesh networkers will be at the Winterfest 2019 in Vienna, VA on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The hamfst will be held at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus. Click here for directions.

A group led by Damon Schaefer K9CQB will be on hand to demonstrate equipment and answer your questions. Just look for the large AREDN banner at their table. His team plans to populate the booth with several masts bristling with equipment and 2 large monitors, one running an AREDN slideshow and one with a local mesh network for live demonstrations. 

Stop by and say hello!

The indoor exhibit space can accommodate 100 vendors and there are 150 paved outside tailgate spaces. Click here for more information.Admission for everyone, vendors and the general public, begins at 6 AM, Sunday. The admission fee is $10. For table and tailgating spaces, see the...

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AREDN in February 2019 QST

AREDN Mesh Tunnel via Satellite at Baker 2 Vegas 2018 by Oliver Dully, K6OLI appears in the February 2019 edition of QST. This article is a thorough discussion of setting up the communications system at this large annual event..

Oliver reports that the combination of AREDN mesh and Cell On Wheels (COW) trailers set a positive precedent for the future of disaster communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network.

The full article may be viewed here.

Reprinted with permission, February 2019 QST; copyright ARRL.
QST is a publication of the ARRL: the national association for Amateur Radio™


AREDN Presentations at SCALE 17X March 10, 2019

There will be two AREDN presentations at the 17th Annual Southern California Linux Expo – SCALE 17X – to be held on March 7-10, 2019 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California, near Los Angeles.

Both presentations will be on Sunday afternoon, March 10 in room 212.

The first talk by Orv Beach, W6BI is titled “The Ham Radio Internet - a Progress Report”. It will start at 15:00 in Room 212.

Orv reports that IP Networking is one of the fastest growing modes in amateur radio.  The ham radio internet (lower-case eye) continues to grow in both capabilities and span. Driven by improvements in custom open source software for wireless access points by AREDN (arednmesh.org) and with their support of more equipment from more vendors, it now covers from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and east at least to the Inland Empire.  At any given time, there are more than 300 nodes up and running.

He will detail that growth with emphasis on Southern California, with metrics, maps and graphs.  He'll also cover some of the more significant network events, including the...

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