[HamWAN PSDR] HamWAN summer update

Bart Kus me at bartk.us
Sun Aug 25 11:49:08 PDT 2013

In short, there are no fixed setup instructions.  Things are changing 
pretty rapidly, so we ask anyone joining the network to hop on 
irc.freenode.org in channel #HamWAN to get help in getting setup.

Things will continue to change rapidly through the winter, and the 
network admin folks will attempt to keep everyone connected and updated 
with the changes we're making.  This is part of the benefit of having a 
shared-administration model on the client routers: drastic network 
changes don't require people to DO STUFF to stay connected.

We'll provide a cell site @ the summer gathering so that anyone 
interested in playing with getting their client connected can do so.  
You'll also get to see the real hardware in person.


On 8/25/2013 11:31 AM, Kenny Richards wrote:
> First, congratulations to the whole team on getting so much done this 
> summer! I'll be ordering my station on Monday.  I'll ask the obvious 
> newbie question, how are the installation instructions?
> Could we do a setup session at the Summer Gathering, so all I have 
> todo is mount and point the antenna?
> Thanks
> Kenny
> Sent from my iPad
> On Aug 24, 2013, at 11:00 PM, Tom Hayward <esarfl at gmail.com 
> <mailto:esarfl at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> HamWAN's goal this summer was to deploy as many sites as 
>> possible. Thanks to the help of a few dedicated volunteers, three 
>> sites are now operational and ready to route your packets. The next 
>> step is for you to get connected!
>> I have put a lot of time into developing coverage maps to help 
>> you determine if your home or repeater site is within the current 
>> coverage area. Nigel has developed a database of current connections 
>> to HamWAN and signal surveys. This data has all been integrated into 
>> a map on the home page, please check it out:
>> https://www.hamwan.org/t/tiki-index.php
>> You can click each node to see its link status. Blue links 
>> are currently online. Gray links are surveys completed with a 
>> portable HamWAN client setup (grid antenna, tripod, modem, and 
>> laptop). The current distance record for this setup is 101 miles (163 
>> km). Way to go Bart--that's some serious 5.9 GHz DX!
>> If it looks like you are in the coverage area (or not!), please try 
>> to connect. We would like to collect as many data points possible 
>> to verify signal strength and link quality. A network is only as 
>> useful as its participants make it.
>> Tom KD7LXL
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