MVMA Meeting — Oct 14th – BARC Clubhouse – 9:30am

The next MVMA meeting  is tomorrow, October 14th, from 9:30 am to Noon at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Clubhouse, located at  Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street, Bellbrook, OH 45305, Room 1, Lower Level.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
    • KAS
    • Vandalia
    • 2nd Street Issues with KAS
    • Backup Power for KAS and 2nd St
  • Status of WinLink
  • Progress (or lack of) on “Summer Tasks” prioritized at our July meeting.

MVMA Meeting Tomorrow — Sept 9th

The next MVMA meeting  is tomorrow, September 9th, from 9:30 am to Noon at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Clubhouse, located at  Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street, Bellbrook, OH 45305, Room 1, Lower Level.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Status of WinLink
  • Progress (or lack of) on “Summer Tasks” prioritized at our July meeting.

KAS Tower-Related Tasks (Includes Winlink tasks)

  • Installing Mesh Node on KAS Tower (2.4 GHz, Dual Polarity MIMO, Omnidirectional).
  • Install Winlink RMS Relay on KAS Mesh Node: Integrate Winlink with Mesh
  • Rewicker the KAS WinLink computer so it will auto-boot following power failure (without requiring a Windows sign-in).
  • Work with Dan Kenney to bring TWC Internet to tower, to replace (or supplement) the cell tower hotspot internet we are now using.
  • Adding a 2 meter WinLink server on 145.01, using an existing 2m/70cm antenna (now being used only for a 70cm repeater) by adding a diplexer.
  • Getting one of the backup generators on site hooked up, with a fuel supply, to support all systems on the KAS tower (except for cell phone systems, which have their own backup power)..

Non-KAS related summer task docket …..

  • Installing solar for mesh on the 2nd Street tank.
  • Doing tests at BARC clubhouse to see if mesh links are viable to the KAS Tower Node, and to nodes located on the Ridgeway Drive tanks.
  • Doing tests to see if links are viable between the 2nd Street Tank and the Jamestown QTHs of Larry KB8EMD and Brett NV8I.
  • Making additional heroic tries….. to get a mesh node installed on:
  • The Jamestown  tank, by the high school (cover EMD and Brett, NV8I)
  • Beavercreek Township Road Dept. tower ….(to cover Tara neighborhood – Phil-ZKR, and Tim-UQI)
  • On a BVK fire tower at Knollwood, or Indian Ripple stations.  May help ADO, DCP, XA, & JJ.   KAS may also fill those needs.
  • The Bellbrook Ridgeway Dr. tank. (for BARC clubhouse, Fred, and other Bellbrook players).
  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

MVMA Support of Maker Faire – This Weekend – Carillon Park

The next MVMA meeting  is a week from Saturday, August 12th , from 9:30 am to Noon tentatively at DARA Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424.   Additional information will be forthcoming.

Mesh Support of Maker Faire – Carillon Park – This Saturday and Sunday: We discussed support of the Maker Faire at our last mesh meeting; a half-dozen people raised their hands… and said they would support a mesh presence at the Maker Faire.   We have agreed to support a mesh booth (a table really) located within the DARA Ham Radio Pavilion, located close to Culp’s Café on the Carillon Historical Park grounds, AND to provide video camera coverage of the “Build-Off” activity behind Culp’s Café, with video linked to our booth for display.

 A quick survey today at Carillon Part shows that the Build-Off camera location is a few hundred feet from the DARA Ham Pavilion area. A simple direct shot line-of-sight at ground level with NanoStations may work well. There is interfering structure (the outside sidewalk café at Culp’s), but at that range, past experience suggests this will work. As a back-up link node, we would like to use the DARA Van mast if it is available. Other relay options are also possible.

We plan to assemble at the park at 8:00am Saturday morning to install the camera, nodes, and a display monitor at our table. The Faire starts at 9:30 am Saturday and runs to 5pm.   Sunday hours are from 11:00 am to 4:00 PM. We hope to have exhibitor passes for mesh volunteers.

HELP is NEEDED —- for setup Saturday morning, to staff the booth on Saturday and Sunday, and for teardown Sunday afternoon.   Please reply to this email if you are able to support this activity during any of those times. We need you!

 

MVMA Meeting This Saturday — 8 July

The next MVMA meeting  is this Saturday, July 8th , from 9:30 am to Noon at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Clubhouse, located at  Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street, Bellbrook, OH 45305, Room 1, Lower Level.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Status of WinLink
  • Prioritization of “Summer Task” Candidates

KAS Tower-Related Tasks (Includes Winlink tasks)

  • Installing Mesh Node on KAS Tower (2.4 GHz, Dual Polarity MIMO, Omnidirectional).
  • Install Winlink RMS Relay on KAS Mesh Node: Integrate Winlink with Mesh
  • Rewicker the KAS WinLink computer so it will auto-boot following power failure (without requiring a Windows sign-in).
  • Work with Dan Kenney to bring TWC Internet to tower, to replace (or supplement) the cell tower hotspot internet we are now using.
  • Adding a 2 meter WinLink server on 145.01, using an existing 2m/70cm antenna (now being used only for a 70cm repeater) by adding a diplexer.  Not sure if we will need a second computer, or if we can run a second instance of WinLink RMS server on the existing machine.
  • Providing a mesh audio bridge that will allow mesh users to place telephone calls to mesh IP addresses that will connect them to one of the repeaters on that site (BARC or ARES).
  • Getting one of the backup generators on site hooked up, with a fuel supply, to support all systems on the KAS tower (except for cell phone systems, which have their own backup power)..
  • Installing a PTZ mesh camera on the KAS tower.  Any thoughts on this ….. pro or con?

Non-KAS related summer task docket …..

  • Installing solar for mesh on the 2nd Street tank.
  • Doing tests at BARC clubhouse to see if mesh links are viable to the KAS Tower Node, and to nodes located on the Ridgeway Drive tanks.
  • Doing tests to see if links are viable between the 2nd Street Tank and the Jamestown QTHs of Larry KB8EMD and Brett NV8I.
  • Making additional heroic tries….. to get a mesh node installed on:
  • The Jamestown  tank, by the high school (cover EMD and Brett, NV8I)
  • Beavercreek Township fire tower ….. Stn 61(to cover Tara neighborhood – Phil-ZKR, and Tim-UQI)
  • On a BVK fire tower at Knollwood, or Indian Ripple stations.  May help ADO, DCP, XA, & JJ.   KAS may also fill those needs.
  • The Bellbrook Ridgeway Dr. tank. (for BARC clubhouse, Fred, and other Bellbrook players).

Other Tasks Not Mentioned Above???

  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

To: The Miami Valley Mesh Alliance

The next MVMA meeting  is tomorrow, Saturday, June 10th  , from 9:30 am to Noon at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Clubhouse, located at  Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street, Bellbrook, OH 45305, Room 1, Lower Level. 

Tentative Agenda:

·        Introductions

·        Recent Successes and Learning Experiences

·        Status of Mesh Networks and Installs

·        Hamvention Review

·        WinLink         

·        Q&A

·        Summary

·        Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

 Please call me if you have an additional topic to add to the agenda.

 

Bill

Miami Valley Mesh Alliance – Hamvention Program

Mesh Networks

The Miami Valley Mesh Alliance (MVMA) has joined with the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) core technical team to provide a Mesh Network presence at Hamvention.

On Air:  The local Mesh network will be found on Channel -2 at 10 MHz bandwidth.  The SSID is AREDN-10-v3.

Mesh Networks Forum:  AREDN’s Andre Hansen K6AH, will address AREDN capabilities, deployment and application Saturday at 1:30 PM in Forum Room 2.

Mesh Booth:  MVMA and the AREDN Core Team will host visitors at Booth #1001, located in the extreme south-west corner of Building 1.

Mesh Classes:  The AREDN Core Team will present mini-classes at the booth.  Topics include:

  • Introduction to Mesh Technology
  • Mesh Implementation Techniques
  • Network Planning and Link Performance Estimation
  • VOIP Applications for Rapid Deployment
  • Mesh Network Applications for EmComm
  • Network Performance Metrics and Tools
  • How to “Un-Brick” a Mesh Node
  • WinLink integration with Mesh
  • Live streaming video cameras
  • Using MeshChat
  • How to Setup Node Location Data

See booth for class schedule details.

Additional Information may be found at www.aredn.org and www.miamivalleymesh.org.

Link to PDF version: Hamvention Mesh Program-Graphic

Next MVMA Meeting

The next MVMA meeting  will be this Saturday, May 13th , from 9:30 am to Noon at the DARA Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Report on Xenia 2nd Street Water Tank Install (completed)
  • Report on KAS Tower Mesh and WinLink Install
  • Maker Faire Participation??
  • Mesh at Hamvention
  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

Hamvention:

  • Mesh at Hamvention this year will include:
    • An on-air presence, hosted by an Omni Node and Camera on the DARA Van mast, located adjacent to Building 1
    • The Mesh Booth, #1001, located in the south-west corner of Building 1. The booth will host:
      • Mini-Classes, given by AREDN Core Team representatives, at the booth. Likely topics include:
    • Mesh Implementation Techniques
    • Network Planning and Link Performance Estimation
    • VOIP Applications for Rapid Deployment
    • Mesh Network Applications for EmComm
    • Network Performance Metrics and Tools
    • How to “Un-Brick” a Mesh Node
    • WinLink integration with Mesh
    • Live streaming video cameras
    • Using MeshChat
    • How to Setup Node Location Data
      • Meet and Greet the passing crowd…. supported by MVMA and AREDN representatives.
  • A Mesh Forum, presented by AREDN’s Andre Hansen, K6AH, Saturday at 1:30 in Forum Room 2.
  • Andre Hansen, K6AH, of the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) Project, will speak on how to build an effective AuxComm, high-speed data network based on Ubiquiti airMAX products and the AREDN Project’s firmware.
  • Andre will describe a 3-tiered architecture—using illustrations of actual installations—where AREDN implementers in San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties have combined to cover over 16,000 square miles with a potential of supporting Incident Command System (Memorandum Of Understanding) relationships with EOCs, ARES, RACES, and Red Cross serving over 18 million people.
  • Andre will also discuss critical network services that must be established in order to make that network useful to disaster Incident Commanders and responders.
  • MVMA Volunteers …… HELP!!!: We need MVMA Volunteers to man the booth and talk with those passing by. We also may need some set-up help on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  If you can work the booth at any time on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, please reply to this email with the times that you will be available. If you can support setup on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday…. likewise… please reply to this email and let us know when you can help us out.

Many Thanks to all who have supported mesh in the Miami Valley over the past year….. and to all those who continue to do what they can to move this work forward. Your efforts are truly appreciated!!

 

Next MVMA Meeting

The next MVMA meeting  is planned for this Saturday, April 8th , from 9:30 am to Noon at the Bellbrook Amateur Radio Club (BARC) Clubhouse, located at  Sugarcreek Elementary School, 51 South East Street, Bellbrook, OH 45305, Room 1, Lower Level.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Hamvention Planning
  • WinLink Integration with Mesh
  • Site Install Opportunities
  • Discussion of Mesh Application and Support Topics
  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

To: The Miami Valley Mesh Alliance

The next MVMA meeting  will be this Saturday, March 11th , from 9:30 am to Noon at the DARA Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Reports on Mesh Services Investigations
  • Mesh at Hamvention
  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

Please call me if you have agenda changes or additions.

Next MVMA meeting

To:  The Miami Valley Mesh Alliance

 

The next MVMA meeting  will be this Saturday, January 14th , from 9:30 am to Noon at the DARA Clubhouse, 6619 Bellefontaine Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424.

Tentative Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Recent Successes and Learning Experiences
  • Status of Mesh Networks and Installs
  • Reports on Mesh Services Investigations
    • Remote Base (JJ)
    • Mesh Chat
    • CEMEX Node (APB)
    • Video Access Viewer (JJ)
    • Winlink Gateway (LLY)
    • Phone Patch (APB)
    • Conference Call on Grandstream (NQH)
    • Solar Power Package
  • Discussion of Scope of Hamvention Mesh Forums
  • Q&A
  • Summary
  • Hands-On Workshops (flash nodes, etc.)

 

Please call me if you have agenda changes or additions.

 

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