[HamWAN PSDR] Greetings from VA4WAN (HSMM network in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Colin Stanners cstanners at gmail.com
Sun Oct 29 17:22:26 PDT 2017

Hello HamWAN PSDR members, I was hoping to introduce our VA4WAN project to
your organization a bit further than the quick IRC conversations that were
had a few months ago when I was visiting Seattle/Victoria.  I am the main
network designer / RF tech / tower climber and will be following the PSDR
list in digest mode.

A handful of hams in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada are building an open HSMM
network quite similar to (but not yet following all the standards of) the
HamWan project. We have acquired access to ~5 sites now, later 10-12,
around the city of Winnipeg and rural areas. Currently all the gear is
Ubiquiti / Mikrotik in 2.3Ghz (mostly user access) / 3.4Ghz (testing) /
5.9Ghz (mostly backhauls).

We have the 44.135.116.x - 44.135.121.x  networks advertised via BGP under
the ASes of friendly internet providers (currently single-homed). We are
looking to multi-home our internet connectivity; acquiring an AS would
currently be stretching our budget but it was mentioned that we may be able
to request permission to use the PSDR's AS number. I'll be looking into
your documentation for how to propose that.

We've been working on this for 4 years. It was slow at first but in the
last few months we've improved our structure and plans, and are more
quickly developing standards, acquiring hardware and installing sites. We
have about a dozen direct users on the network but many more through

Please let me know if you have any questions, or if anyone is around
Winnipeg we could organize tours etc for them.

Small website:  http://va4wan.ampr.org/   FB which updates often:
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