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K9CQB
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Growing AREDN Mesh Network in Northern Virginia

Just a heads up from NoVa-Mesh:
We have starting growing out our AREDN network from Reston and Chantilly all the way through Bull Run Mountain and to the existing western AREDN network in Front Royal/Winchester. We have about 8-9 nodes set up and are planning on adding more very soon. NoVa-Mesh strives to have monthly meetings in the Nova Labs Makerspace center in Reston.
We'll keep you posted on new nodes going up.
Damon Schaefer
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AB4YY
Good to see you guys on the

Good to see you guys on the network!

There have been various technical issues on High Knob affecting the connectivity out this way but at the moment it is working and there are plans for improvements.

The East-to-West distance is something like 56 miles as we also have a node NW of Winchester on North Mountain.

73 - Mike ab4yy

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Awesome news. I am just joining ARDENmesh..I got some hardware on its way so I can connect. The closest node is on 2.4 and is about 11.5 miles away. I will see what I can get.

NG2E
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Getting started.

Folks, 

 
I'm interested in adding to the AREDN NOVA network. While I have a sense of how to get started from the webpage (specifically,  https://www.arednmesh.org/content/supported-platform-matrix), what do I specifically need to know about adding to the network here in NOVA. 
 
I plan on operating fixed from the house for at least the time being.

Also concerning about line of sight between myself and the closest mesh participants. Did some LOS analysis from my Herndon location (south of Toll Road) at 2M, 3M, and 4M AGL. Not very promising. If I had the location and elevation of other nodes, I'd know more.
 
Jack 
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KE2N
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northern virginia mesh

Hi John - you are only 3 miles from a strong node in Reston and - geometrically - you have an excellent shot at it.  But you will have to get above the treeline to hit it. From the looks of your leafy location I would think you need an antenna support on the order of 25 meters high. see picture. The direction to the node is shown as a pale yellow line. 

In any case, suggest you join the Virginia AREDN group https://vaaredn.groups.io/g/main

GL
Ken


 

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NG2E
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Hi Ken,

Hi Ken,

Thanks for the return.

Wow. 25m mast. That's a tall order (no pun intended). Also considered slewing a possible antenna towards N4CV-NBM5-275 in Chantilly. A little farther, but the LOS might be better. I guess there is not way to know other than to try it out?

Best,

Jack
PS: I did join the groups.io. Thanks for the suggestion.

NG2E
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Getting Started

Ken,

Shoulder surgery has come and gone. Ready to get started. 

With all the options, I'm just not sure how to get started. I'd like to see what I can do from my QTH to reach the Reston node--at least get something up while the weather is good and, if no joy, try again when the leaves fall. Perhaps we should chat on the phone?

Jack

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RE: Getting Started

Hi Jack,

We're glad to welcome you to the NoVa Mesh group.  As Ken pointed out, you really do need true line of sight to access the existing mesh infrastructure.  The Reston node is quite high but you need to be able to see the top of the Reston Town Center buildings to be able to reliably link.  I might suggest that you pick up a 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz LHG (see https://www.arednmesh.org/content/supported-platform-matrix) that you can use while you experiment with links.  You can easily take that out to a park (or the RTC Green parking garage roof) and jump on the mesh.  The N4CV node in Chantilly is directional pointing west toward Ken's QTH, but you might be able to get into it from a high spot in South Riding.

Ben N4CV

NG2E
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Thanks

Ben,

Thanks. Appreciate it and will start "fooling around" soon!! 

Best,

Jack
NG2E

NG2E
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Status Report

Ben, 

Had great success. Went to the top of the Reston Town Center Orange parking garage. Basically pointed the antenna in the direction of several known stations, and took some screen shots. Solid links to K2SRN, KE2N (Bull Run Mtn), and K9CQB.

Jack
 

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