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AREDN highly recommends upgrading to AREDN security release v3.18.9.0
For more information: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/aredn-v31890-available

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​AREDN Donates Mesh Networking Equipment to ARRL

 

High-Speed Multimedia Mesh (HSMM) technology has evolved rapidly in recent years due to the development efforts of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) open source project. This has changed the complexion of mesh implementations from an experimental, hobby-oriented, novelty into a viable alternative network suitable for supporting high-speed emergency communications and Internet connectivity when “all else fails.”

The AREDN project team recently donated the following equipment to the ARRL Laboratory:

  • Two Ubiquiti Nanostation M3’s for 3.4 GHz
  • Two Ubiquiti Nanostation Loco M5’s for 5.8 GHz
  • One PowerBeam PBE-M5-300-ISO for 5.8 GHz
  • One AirRouter HP (combination 2.4 GHz and Ethernet switch)

The AREDN (pronounced “r-den”) project is working with ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio to inform the amateur radio community about this high-speed, low-cost networking technology. To further our shared goal of supporting emergency responders, AREDN has donated a substantial kit of mesh networking equipment to the ARRL for their familiarization and deployment. Both groups plan to work together to provide written guidance on the best practices for using this networking capability to provide such services as voice-over-IP telephony (VoIP), streaming video, email, and much more.

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Updated date: Monday, January 22, 2018 - 17:47


​Hamvention® 2018 Theme Promotes Community Service


As reported by the ARRL, the theme for Hamvention® 2018 is “Amateur Radio...Serving the Community.” Ron Cramer, KD8ENJ, Hamvention General Chairman, said the theme acknowledges the role that ham radio operators play in their communities, especially in times of emergencies.
 
“During recent disasters, hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico and wildfires in the West, Amateur Radio operators were once again called upon to provide emergency communication assistance when regular services failed or were overtaxed,” Cramer said.
 
He said that in keeping with the theme, Hamvention is planning to have forums on emergency communication and displays of Amateur Radio emergency communication vehicles. Disasters are not the only times that Amateur Radio operators contribute to their communities. 

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: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 19:58

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Ham Radio 2.0 Interviews AREDN Developers

Jason KC5HWB continues to produce a great series of ham radio videos on YouTube. In Episode 159, Jason interviews Joe AE6XE and Darryl K5DLQ from the AREDN development team. They describe the many improvements in the latest AREDN release version 3.18.9.0 and talk about the development process. They discuss the expanded list of supported devices which now includes the newer Ubiquiti AIrMax models and several units from Mikrotik.Joe and Darryl tell the viewers about our plans to provide a Raspberry Pi firmware installer which is being developed by K6RUN. 

Subscribe to Jason's YouTube channel and visit his website HamRadio2.0 Live from the Hamshack.


Installation Instructions for Mikrotik Devices


Download the Mikrotik .bin and the .elf file from downloads.arednmesh.org location:

  •  elf  :  this is the image to boot the mikrotik device with.  It only uses RAM on the device (which is lost with a power cycle and still boots with Mikrotik OS)
  • .bin :  once the device is booted with the .elf image and running,  copy this up to /tmp and type a command that will update the flash with AREDN, so it then boots AREDN on a power cycle.
 
The procedure is very different and it is the opposite of a Ubiquiti installation.  Opposite in that with Ubiquiti, the device is a tftp server and the tftp client is run on the laptop to send up the image.  With Mikrotik, the device is a tftp client and the laptop has to be configured to run a tftp server (also dhcp and bootp server)  on a linux or windows machine.    This is all done by a program called dnsmasq (it has all 3 servers).  
 

Linux procedure:

 
  1. Create a directory on your laptop /tftp ...
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​HamRadioNow Interviews AREDN


David W0DHG and Darren AJ6BL interviewed Randy WU2S about the AREDN project.The 90 minute discussion covered the AREDN mission, examples of real-world deployments, how to get started and much more.
See HamRadioNow Episode #141 on YouTube or on the HamRadioNow website.
Please consider subscribing to the YouTube channel and watching all the informative episodes produced by this great team.


Tennessee Public Safety Interoperability Exercise and Conference August 13-16

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Tennessee Advanced Communications Network (TACN), United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), and the Tennessee National Guard are sponsoring the Tennessee Public Safety Interoperability Exercise / Vital Connections 2018 August 13-16, 2018 at the 117th Regimental Training Institute, Building 500, 7th Avenue, Smyrna, TN 37167 

Local AREDN mesh networkers will be present at the upcoming event. This event will host a wide variety of Public Safety and Amateur Radio Communications Support partners. There will be demonstrations of the many features that an AREDN MESH has to offer.  Contact Tom K1KY directly for more information.

For additional information see https://community.apan.org/wg/tnpsie/
 


​AREDN Offline Map Submit Tool Updated

 

Darryl K5DLQ developed a command line tool that allows operators to submit nodes to the AREDN map without requiring the node itself to have internet access (direct or via Mesh Gateway).
It has been updated so that OMS.exe version 0.9 updated to point to arednmesh.org
This application runs on Windows.

To use it:

  1. Downloads the AREDN Offline Map Submit (OMS) tool from here:  http://bit.ly/arednomstool
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file to a folder on your PC (no installation required)
  3. Ensure that your PC is connected to a node as a LAN device.
  4. Ensure that the node is connected to a VLAN capable switch that is configured with VLAN1 (WAN) access to the internet.  (OR, use an AirRouter that is connected to the internet)
  5. Open a command prompt in Windows
  6. Run the following command from the folder that you extracted the OMS tool into:    oms.exe
  7. OPTIONALLY: you can run:   oms.exe -preview      (This will show you which nodes would submit their data WITHOUT actually sending it to the...
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​Hamvention 2018 Initial Report


This brief note is just to let youknow that all of us in the AREDN booth had a great time meeting hundreds of people in Xenia, Ohio. I am still a bit tired after al the activity, dismantling the booth, packimg the gearand driving 10hours back to New Jersey. So please be patient and I will have a fuller recap of our activities there soon.

A very special thank you goes to the members of the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance, and Markand Karen Herson, who so ably told the story of why an AREDN mesh network is so effective and how to use u=it for a variety of practical purposes.

Excuse me while I start to get the truck unpacked,
Randy WU2S 
 

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