Mesh Network Live Demo “Flashmob”

Tran’s mesh go-box, photo taken at the CVARC meeting November 2019

Join us for CVARC’s first mesh network “flashmob” on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East County Sheriff’s Station’s Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks  and outside areas as appropriate.

This event is intended to give CVARC members hands-on experience setting up a wireless mesh network for a public service event or as an emergency communications activity.  

There are a couple of members building mesh go-boxes and this event will give them an opportunity to test their boxes in a live environment.

Local mesh experts, Orv Beach-W6BI and Bill Woods-AB6BW  will be joined by Oliver Dully-K6OLI and Tran Huynh-K6NHI from ARES LAX North East.  (A big thanks to all of them for supporting this activity.)  Possibly other local mesh operators will attend the event as well.

Equipment configuration and discussion will occur in the meeting room but set up and use is likely to extend into the picnic table area and the parking lot around the Sheriff’s station.  Be sure to bring an HT as it will be helpful in guiding others to adjust the alignment of the directional antennas used for mesh networks. Since we are likely to be outside for some of the event, attendees should dress appropriately.  Attendees should also bring any refreshments they require during the day.

This link shows a group of ARES LAX NE hams setting up mesh and VHF/UHF station at a similar fashmob event last November in Pasadena’s McDonald Park (courtesy of Oliver and Tran.)  

Click here for more information on Tran’s mesh go-kit.

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