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AREDN at Southern California Linux Expo in March

​AREDN at Southern California Linux Expo in March

The 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo – will take place on March. 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Sunday, March 11 will be a day to showcase amateur radio. Remember that Daylight Saving Time starts on that day, so make sure your clocks are set correctly.

SCaLE is the largest community-run open-source and free software conference in North America. It is held annually in the greater Los Angeles area.

As reported by the ARRL, The Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) will demonstrate and answer questions about Amateur Radio mesh networking. AREDN writes firmware to move wireless access points into the Amateur Radio portions of the 2.4-, 3.4-, and 5.8-GHZ bands. Images from an AREDN camera recently provided live images from the Thomas Fire in California.

​Orv Beach, KB6I, will present “Linux and the Ham Radio Internet” in Room 212 on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 13:30. He will describe how digital mesh networking is one of the fastest growing modes in amateur radio.  With the recent capability of moving wireless access points into the uncrowded adjacent ham radio bands, the ability to create a linked ham "Internet" has become feasible.  The network is growing by leaps and bounds, and can provide services such as text messaging, webcams, video chat email, and VOIP (both dial-up and chat channels).  All of these services can run on Linux computers.   

Other ham radio presentations on Sunday in Room 212 will be available. Kate Hutton, K6HTN, will present “Amateur Radio Messaging, alive and well in the 21st Century”.  Ben Kuo, AI6YR, will conduct a talk on “How Social Media, the Internet, and Ham Radio saved the day after Hurricane Maria in Dominica”. Stu Sheldon, AG6AG, will focus on new hams with his presentation on “I just got my Amateur Radio License, Now what?” 

We hope to see you there.

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