In very simple terms, the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) Mesh Network Project is a very large, long range WiFi type network system, except it’s for licensed amateur radio operators. SBARC and local operators will local data network that will allow us to connect computers at any location within the greater Santa Barbara area. We use low cost nodes from Ubiquiti at each location that act as both the radio and antenna to connect to other nodes in the system. AREDN is widely used by amateur radio groups all over the country.
To get the project off the ground, we want to install the first primary nodes. These will belong to SBARC and we’re hoping you’ll help with the initial funding. We plan on installing three nodes at a site on Gibraltar Road, one node at the club station at the Red Cross, and another mobile node in the Rover. We also need a special network switch at the Gibraltar site to combine the three nodes installed there. Local hams that want to participate in this simply need to purchase their own node hardware, a Ubiquity Nanostation M2 for about $85.00 and mount it on a mast. That’s it, there is nothing else to buy except some cat 5 cable to hook it up.
To purchase the necessary equipment for SBARC we need to raise about $600. If we raise more than that we’ll add more nodes in more locations. If you can help, and every little bit helps, you can contribute online below. We really appreciate your help!
You can also contribute to the project online by completing the form below. Your payment will be processed by PayPal, and you can use your PayPal account or any major credit or debit card. You do not need a PayPal account.
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