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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.21.4.0
For more information see the Latest Docs page

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AREDN Release Notes v3.20.3.0 – 27 March 2020


The AREDN team is pleased to announce the general availability of the latest stable release of AREDN firmware. We now fully support 70+ devices from four manufacturers. This diversity of supported equipment enables hams to choose the right gear for a given situation and budget.

AREDN firmware is now based on the most recent stable version of OpenWRT19.07.2 which was released in March 2020. This improvement is significant in that it enables AREDN firmware to benefit from the many bug fixes, security improvements and feature enhancements provided by OpenWRT developers from around the world.

The latest AREDN firmware contains features inherited from the newest OpenWRT upstream release (19.07.2). One important change is the inclusion of a new target (architecture) for the firmware, labelled “ath79”, which is the successor to the existing “ar71xx” targets. OpenWRT explains that their main goal for this target is to bring the code into a form that will allow all devices to run a standard unpatched Linux kernel. This will greatly reduce the amount of customization required and will streamline the firmware development process. As not all supported devices have been migrated to the new “ath79” target, AREDN continues to build firmware for both targets.  You may notice that the AREDN download page has firmware for these two targets, and you should select the latest...

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Updated date: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 23:04


Ham Radio Now on FCC Reallocation of 3/5 GHz

David Goldenberg W0DHG interviews Andre Hansen K6AH, David Erickson KB5UGF and Jim Aspinwall NO1PC to discuss the spectrum defense and proposed changes to the 3GHz and 5GHz bands. These changes will affect current AREDN networks across the nation.
Please remember before you respond to the FCC, make sure you write professionally and to the point. And please reach out to your served agencies and representatives.

Ham Radio Now episode 415
Call to Action
AREDN Comment Template
AREDN High-Speed Data Network Article
MJARS FCC Reallocation Documents
 

Updated date: Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:28

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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...

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Yuma Hamfest 2019


Andre, K6AH, will present an update on the AREDN team's open source software development progress and report on useful tools and techniques to ensure a successful mesh network implementation.  His talk "AREDN Project: New developments in software and successful implementations around the Southwestern Division " will be given on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:40 am. Andre will describe new Emcom applications which make the mesh even more usable.

The Yuma Hamfest and ARRL Southwestern Division Convention will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 15 & 16, 2019 at the Yuma County Fairgrounds, 2520 E. 32nd Street, Yuma, AZ 85365. For more information, see the Yuma Hamfest website. For tickets and vendor registrations, see their online registration form


Auxcomm Symposium in Southern New Jersey


On Saturday, February 16, 2019 the Medical Coordination Center (MCC) at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ will be hosting an ARES/RACES/AUXCOMM Symposium for hams in the Southern New Jersey and the Eastern Pennsylvania areas. The MCC is beginning to use AREDN and would like to see the technology adopted more fully in their area. The event runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Presentations in the morning will be given by:

  • Bob Bruninga WB4APR - APRS
  • Joe Everhart N2CX - NVIS HF Field Antennas
  • Cory Sickles WA3UVV - Yaesu System Fusion
  • Randy Smith WU2S - AREDN high-speed multimedia mesh networking

The afternoon will consist of breakout sessions and demonstrations.  
 
Register at EventBrite to attend the Amateur Radio in Public Health & Medical Services (ESF #8) ...

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AREDN at Frostfest 2019

AREDN mesh networkers will be at the Frostfest 2019 in Richmond, VA on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The location is the Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23222-2253. This event is the ARRL Roanoke Division Convention, so there will be many League officials on site.

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!

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