W6TRW Club Meeting January 9th, 2024

Speaker Topic for this Month:

“What is AREDN?”

Orville Beach, W6BI

Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN™) is a high speed data network built with Amateur Radio Operators and Emergency Communications Infrastructure in mind.

AREDN Ambassador, Orv Beach, W6BI, will explain the mission of the AREDN Project, what a mesh network is, and a high-level “how to” on designing a wide-area mesh for restoring Inter/intra data-networking during disasters when primary network infrastructure has failed. Examples of what has been and can be deployed across these networks:

  • Computer Aided Dispatch (Responder management)
  • Incident response and mapping solutions
  • Static and video imagery of evolving situations.
  • Real-time communications and systems
  • Winlink message networks
  • Asset management and monitoring (Repeater control, solar power management, etc.)

Orv W6BI lives in Simi Valley, California. He’s a retired Linux system administrator, an ARRL Santa Barbara Section Technical Specialist and an AREDN Ambassador.

Orv W6BI was first licensed as WN6WEY in 1967. He’s been into with digital ham radio most of his life, starting with CW. He worked his way up through RTTY, PACTOR, packet radio and PSK31, and started messing around with ham radio networking in 2014. He helped deploy the initial network nodes and backbone buildout in Ventura County and western Los Angeles County. He currently administers several dozens of them.

He is also active in coordinating the build-out and maintenance of the wider Southern California ham radio network, which now spans from Paso Robles in Central California to the Mexican border and east of Las Vegas, comprising over 450 nodes (both hilltop and ground-level); including hospitals, police departments and EOCs.

As an AREDN Ambassador he has given over 60 presentations about ham radio networking using AREDN software over the last five years and elmered many hams worldwide on ham radio networking. He’s active in AREDN groups in Facebook, Slack, Telegram, and Discord, and monitors the forums on the AREDN website.

When: Tuesday, January 9th at 5:30 PM

Where: Northrop Grumman S-Cafe and Virtual Meeting on Zoom


Meeting ID: 827 9465 4895

Phone dial-in: 1 669 900 6833