16. ARDEN

Last year we discussed Broadband-Hamnet and the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance.  At that time the MVMA was linking used Linksys and new Ubiquiti wireless routers using modified firmware, which they demonstrated at the 2015 Dayton Hamvention.

Well, things move rapidly in digital communications, and the MVMA now uses modified Ubiquiti routers running firmware created for the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network, or AREDN.  These routers now operate in the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 3.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Amateur Radio bands.  Some data channels available are shared with off-the-shelf wireless routers, while other channels are exclusive to Amateur Radio, thanks to the AREDN firmware modifications.

If you would like to learn more about the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network, their website is http://www.aredn.org/ .  To learn more about the Miami Valley Mesh Alliance, contact Bill Curtice at wa8apb@arrl.net or visit their tables at Hamvention 2016.