Mesh Network

Mesh in Putnam County

For those that want to install a mesh node here in Putnam County, I present to you some information to help.

AREDN - Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network

AREDN - Latest Documentation

Supported Devices

AREDN Mesh Live Map

Old Airlink - Outdoor Wireless Link Calculator

New Airlink - Outdoor Wireless Link Calculator


Broadband-Hamnet or HSMM-MESH - is a useful site for information

The coordinates for the Short Mountain node is 35.86570, -85.97500 and the node is at 117 feet (35.6616 meters)

The 5ghz node is up at the CRA repeater tower on Phifer Mountain it is pointed at Short Mountain with a Powerbeam with 23dbi dish antenna at 165 feet (50.2920 Meters). Also there is a 5Ghz Rocket with 120 degree Sector antenna pointed at Cookeville at 165 feet (48.7680 Meters) center aimed at 310 degrees Magnetic. The coordinates are 36.082151,-85.373887. The 120 degree Sector antenna should cover most of Cookeville.

In the future we will add 2 more 5GHz nodes and 3 - 2.4GHz nodes to cover 360 degrees around the tower.

The coordinates for the 145.11 (Wetzel) node is 36.131362, -85.457207 and the node is at 170 feet (51.816 meters) and it is an 13db omni antenna. There is now a NanoBridge Node pointed to Short Mountain from Wetzel also at 161 feet (49.0728 meters).

The more mesh nodes we add in Putnam County the better our coverage and the ability to use it during an emergency when there is no way to get to the network by usual means.

If you don't see your chosen hardware in the Supported Platform Matrix you can look in the Nightly Builds Readme File to see if it is being tested for inclusion.

Nightly Builds Page

Southmesh Mesh Node Naming Convention

  1. Callsign
  2. Model of Equipment
  3. Owner's Serial number (Usually starting with 100, incrementing by 1 to keep count of your equipment, starting at 150 for Mikrotik. User preference.)
  4. Location (QTH)
  5. Height
  6. Mounting Structure
  7. Center of Direction (If not omni)

For Example: W4HPL-RKM5XW-100-PHIFER-165TWR-310

Coverage Map for Wetzel Node

Coverage Map W4HPL Phifer Mountain Node Aimed at 310 Degrees