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Darryl K5DLQ

Darryl's first work in mesh networking was to "product-ize"  the tunneling solution to make it easy for any HAM to configure and use.  It was originally released as an add-on script for BBHN v3.0.2, but more recently, has been improved and now is included with the AREDN firmware.  Darryl has also developed some of the user interface enhancements and other features since joining the AREDN development team.

Darryl was first licensed as KF5MRT, a General in 2011. The same day, he applied for a vanity call and was granted K5DLQ.  In 2012, Darryl upgraded and currently holds an Amateur Extra class license.  Darryl is also accredited as a Volunteer Examiner and Emcomm Field Examiner by the ARRL.  Previously, Darryl held the position of Communications Director for the E1488 CERT organization.  During his two year tenure, he worked with other operators to establish a communications plan, held a packet workshops, held desktop and simulated emergency training exercises, and liaised with Montgomery County ARES.  He has held numerous Technician Class sessions for area CERT groups and operators.  Darryl has been associated with Montgomery County ARES since August 2011 (a day before he received his first General class call), and in January 2015 was elected as a Director of Montgomery County ARES where he still serves today.

While not playing with 2.4Ghz, he also enjoys the occasional ragchew on the local VHF repeater.  That is, when he is not traveling around the globe with his “day job”.  He also enjoys the occasional PSK31 contact on HF, but, is getting spoiled with the speed and bandwidth advantages of the microwave bands.  Darryl’s interest in amateur radio began in elementary school.  While visiting a school friend, her father introduced him to his HAM shack.  He has been hooked on electronics ever since.  He has a background in electronics, software development, and instructional design.
 
Darryl enjoys time with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Sarah, as well as volunteering as a camera operator at his church in The Woodlands, TX, USA.

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Joe AE6XE

Joe has been a ham since 1974 starting with WB0TWC, N5OVO, AD6VD, then AE6XE.

Professionally Joe has worked in Product Development for over 30 years starting out at Texas Instruments in the 1980s and now works for Schnieder Electric in the Industrial Automation R&D group creating control systems to automate Industrial facilities including Oil Refineries, Nuclear, and Coal Power Plants.

Joe began his work with mesh technology in 2013 establishing the first major hub site in Orange County, CA on Saddleback Mountain. Partnering up with Don Hill, KE6BXT, http://www.ocmesh.org was formed and a premier tower site in the Los Angels basin at Pleasants Peak was established with 4 AREDN nodes.  Joe has presented at numerous Amateur Radio organizations in California and deployed AREDN in support of numerous community events and emcomm drills.    Currently, Joe is teaming up with regional AREDN groups to establish a California backbone and continues to support the AREDN community by enhancing the firmware and supporting global users.

When Joe is able to find additional time away from his family with 2 children in college, hasn't been buying too much Ubiquii equipment, he enjoys flying out of John Wayne Airport to maintain his pilot proficiency as a member of Orange County Pilots Association and the Catalina Flying Club.
 

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Andre K6AH

Andre has been a ham since 1969 and aside from his current call, K6AH, has held WN6AQZ, WA6AQZ, KE6UQ.  He also held, VK3DSH, while on several extended business stints in Australia.

Andre retired in January 2017 from Abbott Laboratories where he was an IT Quality and Regulatory Compliance Consultant.  He holds professional certifications in project management (PMP), IT business processes (ITIL), and Quality Improvement (CAPA).  He’s been an IT director/manager or IT project manager over most of his career.

Andre began his work with mesh technology as the project manager for Broadband-Hamnet's v1.01 release, its first Ubiquiti porting project.  He left that group to launch the AREDN Project with Conrad, KG6JEI.  Now the AREDN “project manager” he finds this open-source, volunteer-based effort very different from his former paid-work role.  “I’ve learned you can’t expect volunteers to be burdened with formalized procedures."  "You need to step back and let them do what they want to do.”  So, to that end, Andre sees his role as more of a facilitator, personality arbitrator/coach, and project evangelist, than project manager.   He summarizes his role by saying, “I’m just lucky to be able to influence the project's direction from time to time.”  But he finds the project personally rewarding and is “…thrilled at how far the team has been able to take this technology.”  “It’s a talented group that’s running on all cylinders... everyone contributes.”  The AREDN Project is a terrific blend of his hobby and professional expertise. 

He spends a fair bit of time presenting the project at national and international conferences, as well as ARRL Section conventions and other regional ham gatherings.  Other AREDN-tangential projects he’s involved in include, the implementation of an AREDN-based mesh “backbone” network throughout San Diego County, SAREDN (Southwest-AREDN); a California-statewide project to federate similar efforts up and down the west coast; and using AREDN technology through the local Red Cross Disaster Service Communications Team.

Andre enjoys HF mobile, where he’s logged over 150 countries.  As a member of the Southern California Contest Club (SCCC), he also enjoys the ARRL VHF/UHF contests and has contributed to its winning ARRL's Affiliated Club Gavel Competition the past several years.  In 2013 he personally took 1st Place-Overall in the ARRL June VHF Contest, Rover Class.

Andre lives in Carlsbad, CA.
 

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Steve AB7PA

Steve’s main focus with the AREDN® team is to create and update online documentation.  He also enjoys testing new firmware and features on different types of hardware.  In addition he is creating YouTube videos that walk through procedures for accomplishing various tasks on AREDN® devices and networks.  His main interest is providing useful information that will encourage others to take full advantage of Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network technology.
 
Steve first obtained his Amateur Radio license (KCØEUW) in Colorado, where he served with local ARES and RACES groups. After retiring to the Phoenix area he obtained a region seven callsign (AB7PA) and spends much of his free time assisting fellow hams as they get involved with the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network project.
 
He began his career as a teacher, but spent the bulk of his working years in various computer-related occupations. Steve served as a system and network engineer for several major corporations, including United and Southwest Airlines, Starz, and Oracle, before moving into consulting groups which designed and implemented large scale Industrial Wireless networks.  In retirement he continues to do research, writing, and book publishing.
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Randy WU2S

Randy became interested in amateur radio after several years of shortwave radio listening in the 1980s. He passed his Advanced class test in 1989 and received the callsign N2JOC. Several years later he upgraded to Extra as WU2S.

Now joyfully retired from a lifetime of computer-related work since 1964, Randy has the time to pursue various interests. He became involved with mesh networking using Broadband-Hamnet on Linksys routers in 2013 and contributed to the testing of version 1.01 on Ubiquiti equipment at the end of that year. He later wrote detailed installation instructions for the firmware.

His activities with mesh networking include participating in a number of local events where capabilities for Voice-over-IP, text messaging and video surveillance are demonstrated to public officials. Randy continues to test new versions of AREDN firmware on a wide variety of gear. He keeps the amateur radio community in his area informed about AREDN developments through personal contact and presentations. He deployed and maintains AREDN nodes on the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club site on the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands.

At the beginning of 2015, Randy volunteered to design and build the AREDN website. Since then, he continues to maintain it with Darryl K5DLQ. Randy actively supports the AREDN project team with graphic arts, financial assistance and marketing. In 2018, along with Andre and Darryl, he established AREDN Inc., a non-profit corporation formed to ensure the longevity of the AREDN project.

Randy, his wife, Chris, and their micro St. Bernard dog.recently relocated to Northbrook, Illinois near where they both grew up.  In his role as Grandpere, he aids and abets Chris in her pursuit of spoiling their six grandchildren rotten.

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