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I'm interested in AREDN. Anyone in MARS willing to talk to me about their setup?
Hi Jerry! AREDN is a way to create a mesh data network that doesn't rely on commercial internet connections, but it can be used to reach beyond a regional or local communications outage to connect to the internet. I have a Ubiquiti “Bullet” mounted at the top of the mast that also supports my 40-20-10 tri-band dipole.
Here is a simplified block diagram and picture.
I am not a networking expert but I managed to get it going. Unfortunately my location prevents it from connecting to other nodes in the area. As you probably know already, MARS has 3 nodes on top of the Carrollton Regional Medical Center (see the story https://www.kb5a.org/iarc-project-gallery ). We have a map that shows some of the nodes nearby https://www.kb5a.org/node-map (our node is K5EMB, my wife's call sign). I'll send you a private email with contact information to some members who have way more advice and experience with AREDN should you want to pursue it. Meanwhile, visit https://www.arednmesh.org/ for detailed information.
73 Mike W5MDB