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Shiawassee Amateur Radio Association [SARA]

Established: January, 1958  an ARRL Affiliated Club since 1961

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Meets at: James P. Capitan Center, Lower Level; 149 E. Corunna Ave.; Corunna, MI 48817

Club station located in the James P. Capitan Center - Lower Level.
Grid Square EN72wx   Latitude: 42.9819 N   Longitude: -84.1164 W   Alitude: 760 ft.




Shiawassee BBHN-MESH Information

Our Shiawassee BBHN group started HSMM-MESH operations in May, 2013. We continue using our program. This page details learning efforts and usage of our group's MESH networks. We have changed information as "Broadband-Hamnet" [BBHN] (trademark) has replaced "HSMM-MESH.org" (started in the Fall of 2013). So, keep checking www.broadband-hamnet.org for new networking information including 'new software'.

HSMM-MESH has changed to Broadband-Hamnet and BBHN and are used interchangeably on our site. You may use this page as a starting point on the MESH / BBHN topic. It is only logical to use the newest Broadband-Hamnet system, especially if you are just starting out. The new and old (HSMM-MESH) systems cannot automatically be networked together. We encourage you to keep going forward and have fun meshing!

The "Shiawassee HSMM group" (supporting the SARA club) started investigating the HSMM-MESH networking system to provide enchanced Field Day Logging capability {SARA first used in 2013 and now have 5+ years of usage}. The group (now "Shiawassee BBHN group") has members from our local area interested in establishing network systems for use in emergency and supporting many of our normal opertations. We continue to implement a full high-speed mesh network configuration for local community use. This not logistically part of SARA, but they support the club's activities whenever possible.

We invite anyone with an interest in BBHN amateur radio opertaion experience or just a desire to learn along with us to contact W8QQQ, which will pass along the contact information to that group. Perhaps we can learn together and help each other out.

The following are some links we find to be helpful in getting started {search the internet for many more}. Enjoy your learning experience! You will require a fair amount of network addressing and configuration knowledge to really setup the network. Once established, it is seemless to the users. It is hoped that these sites will help you along gaining knowledge and provide a quick learning cycle. Thanks should be passed along to these providers!

To email our group: W8QQQ at arrl.net {replace the at with the @ symbol}

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BBHN-MESH Basics

What is BBHN?? It is a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network. It can run for days from a single fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a supplmental power source or modest solar array. Computer 'Uninterruptable Power Supplies [UPS] work well as supplemental power sources. Usually the focus is on providing capable emergency communications network support. {from the BBHN Web Site}
SARA uses BBHN to network all the radio operation sites on Field Day [FD]. We use the network to practice actually setting up our BBHN to improve capability towards any future emergency communication support. The network 'automatically' finds the other working nodes and automatically connects them together. We use N3FJP logging software that now pretty much auto configures the computer side setup. We designate a single computer as "master" and run all the rest as 'clients'. We use a BHHN router and computer with 'Battery backup', a UPS unit, to allow the "master" to stay 'alive' when the generator goes down (usually for fueling in the middle of a contact - Murphy resides at our FD site). The BBHN system is great for doing this networking. Individually the Shiawassee HSMM group has run some longer distance links and feel they have the capability to go 'a few miles' if a need arises.

We suggest these for starting out BBHN topics:

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WRT54G & Ubiquiti Hardware

Further information on hardware: {LinkSys & Ubiquiti}

We will add more hardware information in the future.

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Network Links

Some general netwoking and MESH information:

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Michigan Sites

Looking for other 'local Michigan' neighbors:

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Antenna Sites

MESH antennas are a little different than HF antennas. Use these links:

  • Trevor Marshall Site -- HSMM Experimentation (Antennas)
  • HSMM Antenna (Hawaii Club) -- Orinoco Card Antennas
  • BIQUAD Variation -- Antenna Design
  • A site with some good information is: http://martybugs.net   This is a site that does not wish to have other sites automatically linked. Use the following to find some good detailed information:

        BIQUAD ANTENNA      - http://martybugs.net/wireless/biquad/

        BIQUAD Double          - http://martybugs.net/wireless/biquad/double.cgi

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Miscellaneous Sites

Some other sites we found interesting:

 

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