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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

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Hamvention® 2019 Theme Promotes Mentoring the Next Generation


Hamvention, the largest annual Amateur Radio gathering in the U.S. and the ARRL National Convention will share a joint theme, “Mentoring the Next Generation” of Amateur Radio operators.

Hamvention will host the 2019 ARRL National Convention in Xenia, Ohio, May 17-19, 2019. The joint announcement was made Nov.1 by Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, Hamvention General Chairman; Rick Allnutt, WS8G, Assistant General Chairman and Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, ARRL Marketing Manager. The location is the Greene County Fairgrounds on May 17 – 19 in Xenia, Ohio.

The AREDN® team and the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance  will again be in booth #1001. The team is working ardently to mentor hams about the 21st century applications of mesh networking. We will have a lot of new devices, new firmware enhancements and new ideas to show you. We will again run mini-classes throughout the day to tell you about how to get started and how to use AREDN mesh networking. 

For more information see the Hamvention website and the ARRL website.

Look for the AREDN team and the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance when you are there. We look forward to meeting you.

Updated date: Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 11:48


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

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AREDN Supports Call for Code 2019

Do you want to help improve disaster communications?
Do you want to use your AREDN network as a foundation for solutions to improve disaster relief efforts?
Do you develop computer applications and want to help improve disaster communications? AREDN asks you to make a difference with your code.  

AREDN is a 2019 Call for Code Program Supporter. Join Call for Code in building solutions to improve disaster relief efforts and a chance to win $200,000

This year's Call for Code program decided to add an emphasis on healthcare needs in the lead up to and aftermath of natural disasters. The program's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Daniel Krook writes "Specifically, we’re calling on developers to create solutions that address the following aspects of healthcare:

  • Food and water safety
  • Medical supply distribution
  • Tracking and halting disease epidemics
  • Access to medical health records
  • Mental health
  • Serving vulnerable populations

We based our healthcare emphasis...

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Using AREDN Documentation

It is now easier than ever to read and save the AREDN documentation you need.
To find it, go to the blue main menu bar on the AREDNmesh home page and hover your cursor over the third item DOCS.
When the dropdown menu appears, move your cursor over the first item -- ONLINE DOCS -- and click it using the left mouse button.
A new page will appear [https://arednmesh.readthedocs.io/en/latest/] with the latest set of published documents.
At the bottom left of the page, at the bottom of the Table of Contents column, you will see Read the Docs    v:latest ⯆ 

Read the Docs menu dropdown in Table of Contents

The v:latest ⯆ indicates that you are viewing the latest version of the documents and the symbol tells you there is a dropdown menu where you can select more choices....

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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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