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Growing AREDN Mesh Network in Northern Virginia

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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

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


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.

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Getting started.


I'm interested in adding to the AREDN NOVA network. While I have a sense of how to get started from the webpage (specifically,, 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.
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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



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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?


PS: I did join the Thanks for the suggestion.

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