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. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    The problem is not being able to monitor the connection for rules compliance, specifically content. There should be no problem with requiring an encrypted password
    to access a system, control links can be encrypted, it's when you make an https: connection over amateur frequencies, that is a no-no under the rules.
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  2. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think I understand. It's all about the content, not "access."

    Thanks. :)

    I don't think the internet over ham radio could ever be FCC rule compliant primarily because it contains commercial advertising content on practically every website all over the place. It might have been different back in 1995, but not today.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
  3. K3KIC

    K3KIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    A larger issue is the question of compliance to RF spectrum rules. HAMs are legally and ethically required to assure their stations operate within these rules. HAMS that take unknown code, install it on sometimes questionable hardware, and sometimes operate outside of the original parameters of said hardware, are generally unequipped to determine if they are operating within compliance. Even with the best of intentions an operator takes it on faith that the code he downloads will operate his station within rules.
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  4. N6ALT

    N6ALT Ham Member QRZ Page

    After watching this video I went to our local Goodwill thrift shop and found a WRT54GS for 5 bucks that took the firmware perfectly. I put all my info in it, but haven't had it connect to anybody else yet. I need a outside antenna.

  5. KD2NFC

    KD2NFC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a whole network setup in my home using RPi's and some computers running ubuntu. I even have some sip voip I was sharing as well as adsb and openwebx. I lost interest an used hardware for other things like winlink and packet data. Did find anyone in my area to connect with. I have links on my page to some stuff Im still hosting from my QTH.
  6. K6CLS

    K6CLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, no commercial content, and no encryption.

    Plenty of stuff to run over the Internet without commercial content, say NTP, VoIP, my own webcams, remote datalogging, etc.

    I suspect you had in mind the Web, which is one thing running over Internet. Yes many web sites show advertising, commercial solicitation. So don't say internet when you mean Web.

    Really hams should understand the difference, it's like the difference between the roads, a taxi, and a truck.

    Encryption: the web over HTTPS uses a combination of cryptography methods in TLS. Absolutely forbidden for Amateur transmission.

    But that's just the web, not the entire range of services available via IP. Regardless of whether the IP is routed to the public Internet.
  7. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    It always amuses me that what is old is new...

    The first mesh networks were spark driven circa 1910-1920+ . People were the 'mesh'. Hence the American Radio RELAY League :)

    The second wave was the 2M repeater system, still in use, although , unfortunately, much abused by a tiny minority of users.

    What I think is helpful is not necessarily to point out meshing--which is obviously a good thing-- but to point out its advantages over , say, 2M repeaters.

    I know some of this is obvious, but you'd be surprised what people think of at first glance.

    Nice video, and it would be great if you could do bullet points of what you can do with mesh networking as opposed to 2M or 440 FM repeaters.

    Chip W1YW

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