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Broadband-Hamnet™ wins International Association of Emergency Managers Awards


Broadband-Hamnet™ (formerly HSMM-Mesh™) firmware, developed by Amateur Radio operators to provide hams with a high-speed digital wireless communication mesh network, has won both US and global awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). The USA Council of the IAEM International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) designated Broadband Hamnet as a Division 2 (state/regional national government, international, or nonprofit organization) Technology and Innovation Award winner. It went on to win the IAEM-Global Technology and Innovation Award in the same division. The awards will be presented in October at the IAEM’s annual conference in Reno, Nevada. The firmware was the subject of a cover story article in the July 2013 issue of QST, “A Broadband Ham Network Crosses the Finish Line,” by Lynn Jelinski, AG4IU. The firmware is available at no charge via the project website, which describes Broadband-Hamnet as “a high-speed, self-discovering, self-configuring, fault-tolerant, wireless computer network” with very low power consumption and a focus on emergency communication. The current form uses Linksys WRT54G/GL/GS wireless routers and operates on channels 1-6 of the 2.4 GHz ISM band, which overlaps with the upper portion of the 13 centimeter Amateur Radio band. Glenn Currie, KD5MFW, David Rivenburg, AD5OO, Bob Morgan, WB5AOH, and Rick Kirchhof, NG5V, spearhead the effort, and there is a distributed development community with users in the US and abroad. — Thanks to Broadband-Hamnet webmaster Jim Kinter, K5KTF






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