Saturday, September 12, 2009

HSMM @ HamCom

CQ-VHF editor, Joe, N6CL wrote a bit about HamCom in his "Innovations and Insights" editorial. The following is a partial excerpt:

For those of us who were able to attend the HSMM seminar at HamCom in Plano, Texas, we were treated with an exciting presentation on the latest in HSMM. MESH networking is a form of digital communications that is designed to route data, voice, and instructions between nodes. This routing is accomplished by continuous connections and reconfiguration around broken or blocked paths by "hopping" from node to node until the destination is reached. Thus, HSMM-MESH® networking is using HSMM in a mesh network.

John Champa, K80CL, led the two-hour forum with an introduction to the difference between WiFi and HSMM. He highlighted the need for developing a means of digital transmission that is significantly faster than the technology that existed in the aftermath of 9/11. He also spoke of how under-utilized the VHF-plus ham bands have been. Additionally, he discussed the need to update our emergency communications so as to bring ourselves in line with the rest of the world.

With the migration of commercial television to digital, we amateur radio operators are also a bit behind the curve. John covered amateur digital video and compared it with what has just gone away, analog NTSC standard television. Glenn Currie, KD5MFW, followed John with a presentation on HSMM-MESH®

Glen discussed the city-wide deployment of HSMM-MESH® in the Austin, Texas area. Austin was picked for the deployment because of its central location and the critical role that it played in recent hurricanes....

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