I just wrapped up my very first 2.4Ghz QSO! I made contact with Joe, N6JO using a Ubiquiti NanoStation M2 AP flashed with custom firmware created by the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) group. Joe and I, along with a large group of other hams in the area, make up a wireless mesh network that exists throughout several of the cities in Northern San Diego county. Using this network, I was able to connect my VOIP phone to an Asterisk PBX system Joe has setup for the Oceanside CERT Communications Team. I was then able to place a call from my home in Vista all the way to Joe’s home in Oceanside, over six miles away!
I was a bit skeptical that a clear call would even be possible but to my surprise and delight, that QSO went very well with only minimal packet loss. I’m excited to see where this new form of communication leads!
On Reddit’s /r/amateurradio I came across a user who was coming home from overseas and was eager to get his ham radio license. It just so happened that he was going to be in the area on a date and time that our TriARC VE Team was available. Together with Bri KK6NLV and Daniel KK6ANP, we setup at the San Marcos library and after helping him register for a FRN we administered element 2, the Technician exam, which he passed!
We quickly prepared his paperwork both in hard copy and digitally and sent it off to our governing Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, the Laurel VEC. Due to the amazing digital process under which the Laurel VEC operates, our new ham had his callsign appear in the FCC database a mere 16 hours after passing his exam!
This was our first ham that earned their license through our club’s VE team and we’re excited for many more to come. We’re still on the lookout for a permanent location to host monthly exam sessions; if you know of a place, please be sure to let me know!