Randy Smith (WU2S) will be demonstrating the latest in MESH networking technology next Monday, February 19th at the Tri-County Amateur Radio Association beginning at 7:30 PM. The club meets at the Elks Lodge, 281 Chestnut Street in Union. Their website is www.w2li.org.
Randy is one the key members of AREDN, the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network, an open source network. The AREDN (pronounced “r-den”) project is working with ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio to inform the amateur radio community about this high-speed, low-cost networking technology. To further our shared goal of supporting emergency responders, AREDN has recently donated a substantial kit of mesh networking equipment to the ARRL for their familiarization and deployment. Both groups plan to work together to provide written guidance on the best practices for using this networking capability to provide such services as voice-over-IP telephony (VoIP), streaming video, email, and much more.
Randy became interested in amateur radio after several years of shortwave radio listening in the 1980s. He passed his Advanced class test in 1989 and received the callsign N2JOC. Several years later he upgraded to Extra as WU2S.
His activities with MESH networking include participating in a number of local events where capabilities for Voice-over-IP, text messaging and video surveillance are demonstrated to public officials. Randy continues to test new versions of AREDN firmware on a wide variety of gear. He keeps the amateur radio community in his area informed about AREDN developments through personal contact and presentations. He deployed and maintains AREDN nodes on the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club site on the 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands.