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Welcome to the
Broadband-Hamnet of Ottawa-Gatineau
Amateur Radio Mesh Network

The Ottawa - Gatineau area amateur radio community operates and maintains a Broadband Hamnet� and AREDN
Mesh Network. Broadband-Hamnet (formerly called HSMM-Mesh�)  and AREDN make a high speed, self discovering, self configuring, fault tolerant, wireless computer network that can run for days from a fully charged car battery, or indefinitely with the addition of a modest solar array or other supplemental power source. The focus is on emergency communications.

The Ottawa - Gatineau network is growing steadily, as more users join the group. Amateur radio operators are invited to add their mesh node to the network. This can be accomplished using one of the following re-flashed equipment:
Note that a tower-located equipment with a gain antenna provides a much larger coverage area. With the proper equipment, distances of 20 km or more are possible. Note that dense foliage blocks the signal. This is a line-of-sight service.

The BBHN-Ottawa-Gatineau community is also present on Yahoo! Groups. For the the latest Ottawa-Gatineau mesh news and activities, please visit the BBHN-Ottawa-Gatineau Yahoo! Group .

For more information on the required hardware and the BBHN network features, please visit the BBHN website or the AREDN website.

Some mesh services available on BBHN-Ottawa-Gatineau

An email server is available to all mesh users. Email addresses are in the form of WebMail access, POP3, SMTP and IMAP protocols are supported.

Chat servers are available to all mesh users. These allows a keyboard-to-keyboad conversation between users. Multiple users can simultaneously converse on the same channel.
A file repository is available to the users to download BBHN-related files.
An IP Telephone PBX based on Asterisk is available to make telephone calls between users and organize conference calls.

A real-time topology graph that shown actual BBHN-Ottawa network topology with performance metrics for each link.

A Network Time Protocol (NTP) Server service. Mesh nodes and attached computers can get UTC time from the mesh network. No need to connect up to the Internet to get accurate time.

An audio streaming server. The server currently broadcasts the Environment Canada Weather Radio Ottawa service. Other services can easily be added.

The current topology of our network is shown on the following image. This image refreshes automatically every minute. A legend is also shown below the topology.

You can also consult the following Google maps for mesh station locations
in the Ottawa-Gatineau area:
Street-Level View
Satellite View

As a reminder, since this mesh network operates as a Canadian Amateur Radio service, none of the traffic flowing on this mesh network may be encrypted.

For more information on joining the BBHN-Ottawa group please contact the webmaster below.

Webmaster: Bert, VE2ZAZ