Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network
AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) was an outgrowth of the ARRL working group on High-Speed Multimedia (HSMM). It has evolved over the past 10-12 years from its first implementation by Broadband Hamnet (BBHN). Over the years the AREDN Project has developed software support for nearly 70 commercial wireless routers—moving them from their Part 15 allocation into adjacent Part 97 allocations in the .9, 2, 3, and 5 GHz bands—providing an inexpensive and easy way for hams to implement high-speed (up to 144 Mbps) data networks in support of Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs), Non-governmental Agencies (NGOs) and first responders. The project has twice been recognized by the league for the significance of its achievements by awarding the Project the ARRL Microwave Development Award in 2014 and 2018.
With are hilltop location this could be a viable system for emergency communications if the internet went down. There are 2 hams in the area now using it in the North Hills but other parts of the country have some very extensive systems in place. AREDN can also be used for controlling off site repeaters and remote stations with out relying on the internet. For more info checkout…www.arednmesh.org/
The primary goal of the AREDN® project is to empower licensed amateur radio operators to quickly and easily deploy high-speed data networks when and where they might be needed, as a service both to the hobby and the community. This is especially important in cases when traditional “utility” services (electricity, phone lines, or Internet services) become unavailable. In those cases an off-grid amateur radio emergency data network may be a lifeline for communities impacted by a local disaster.
Costs of devices range from $50 to several hundred dollars for a complete node, so there are many options even for the budget-conscious operator.
It would be nice for are club to implement this in the Pittsburgh area.