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Mesh Networking Over Ham Radio, Our OWN Emergency Backbone Network

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KJ4YZI, Jan 2, 2018.

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  1. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    A video here that will hopefully get you interested and involved in this technology that is not exactly brand new, but in recent years has grown in popularity. This video will explain mesh networking over ham radio. Imagine taking old consumer wireless routers that are available everywhere, especially finding stacks of them at hamfests for next to nothing, and flashing them with new firmware and turning them into ham nodes, which auto join and auto configure to connect us all to our own internet-like infrastructure. A must have for emergency communications, and a good watch for fun as well....

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    KM4TIN, KA3YAN, K5VPC and 6 others like this.
  2. KB2UEW

    KB2UEW Ham Member QRZ Page

    happy new year 2018 for you and family Eric
  3. W0AAT

    W0AAT XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Great if you live in a populous area, not so great where link paths are 30+ miles...
  4. K5KTF

    K5KTF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Happy New Year! I was wondering what caused the humongous spike in BBHN website account registrations! :)
    Nice video!
    KF5ZMD likes this.
  5. KC5KCT

    KC5KCT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good video to show how the concepts work and ease of getting started. This stuff is great if you have line of sight. I mean you need to be able to see both antennas and not to mention be clear of trees. TREES especially pine trees really kill 2.4ghz greater freqs. Great for short haul backbones for any of the VOIP modes. Like anything properly applied has a very useful purpose.
    K3CRM likes this.
  6. W4BAY

    W4BAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very informative video. I am in Lake Placid, Florida, and I doubt there are nodes nearby, but I think I have an old Linksys somewhere and it should be interesting to try to convert it. Who knows, maybe others around here may give it a try. Thanks for the video!!

  7. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yah, My videos tend to drive traffic LOL, I went to the site again and there was over 1500 users online at one point.
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  8. K5KTF

    K5KTF Ham Member QRZ Page

    For the ops above talking about long distance, BBHN is optimal for making local networks of ham gear, but could be used to shoot some long distance (I have done 3+ miles personally, seen 10-20 miles with clear LOS) with UBNT gear or better antennas. Just watch what version gear you get, you may need to flash back to a previous version before you flash with BBHN firmware. Instructions on the website. 73 & Happy Meshing!
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  9. K5KTF

    K5KTF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ill try and keep up with the fresh influx, activating new accounts (yes, I check all through QRZ before allowing, to keep out riff-raff). 73
  10. WM3M

    WM3M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for the video. Checking the map no nodes closer than 20 plus miles from me, so suspect it will not work for me. It would be great if there was a way to know if there was another node within reach of your QTH without climbing roof or tower to put up a node to find out no nodes can be copied?
    Also, video was good but if you want to save time skip the first 7 minutes, lots of repeats.
    Thanks 73

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