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April Meeting: Using MESH for Wasatch-100

Our April 12 meeting will be all about MESH, the technology that allows high-speed communication on short paths with relatively inexpensive commerical products intended for WiFi and similar uses, and how it was used in communications for the Wasatch-100 Endurance Run. Hams have provided communications for the race for a number of decades and in recent years have used packet radio to enter runner times directly into a master database.

Starting in 2012 hams used MESH for connecting two of the aid stations. This reduced the load on the packet system. Now the hams who started the practice are looking for volunteers to engineer MESH at additional aid stations.

Our presenters include Charles Gray, KE6QZU, and Ed Sim, N7RTA, both with a number of years of experience with MESH as it has rapidly evolved.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, April 12 in room 2250 (the “Robison” classroom) of the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus.

The front elevators in the Warnock Building have the second floor locked out in the evening. There are two possible solutions for the handicapped. The first is to get into the elevator and then send an able-bodied person up the stairs to the second floor to call the elevator. The second method is to find your way to the elevator in the southwest corner of the building (the same elevator we have been using during fall semester) and use it to access the second floor.

UARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 P.M., in the Warnock Engineering Building on the University of Utah campus. The meetings during the University's spring semester of 2017 will be in room 2250 on the second floor.

See the map for information on finding the building. The room number varies depending on availability.

Of course, the meeting will include the “standard” meeting features:

  • Availability of ARRL books from Brett or John, the “book ladies”
  • An opportunity to join UARC or renew your membership
  • An opportunity to join ARRL or renew your membership
  • The chance to meet face-to-face the people you talk to on the air
  • The “Meeting after the meeting”: A chance to enjoy pizza or other gastronomic delights with other hams. It happens at Litza's Pizza, 716 E. 400 South.
  • The “Meeting before the meeting”: A similar get-together for those who can leave work early enough to get there by 5:15 P.M. These are held at “The Village Inn,” 910 E. 400 South.

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Last updated 03-18-2018.