In order to maintain our mesh networking skills, each Wednesday Albemarle AUXCOMM hosts Mesh Wednesday, an all-day “net” that consists of participants completing set of tasks designed to keep our mesh networking skills sharp. The tasks that constitute a “check-in” should be completed sometime during the 24 hours of Wednesday. The tasks can be completed all at once or spread out over the day. The final task, the participants report to the Net Control Station, should also be sent on Wednesday.

All tasks are to be completed using the CVADN mesh network, connected either through an RF connection or an AREDN mesh tunnel connection. (Although we don’t want to assume tunneling to the mesh over the Internet will be available in an actual incident, tunneling makes regular training more convenient by extending the mesh network to our homes.) If possible, use a computer that you are likely to use in an actual incident or field exercise. That will ensure your field computer is properly configured when you need it.

Details on how to establish a tunnel over the Internet into the CVADN mesh network are available at https://www.cvadn.net/how-to-tunnel-to-cvadn/.

Each week there will be at least one participant who leaves their Winlink Telnet P2P session and/or their file download server running all day as a target for other participants. If you intend to leave your services running for other participants to use in completing their tasks, please announce your intention via email on Tuesday.

Complete as many tasks as you are able. Don’t worry if you can only complete one or two at first. Take your time and add skills as you become comfortable with the ones you already have mastered. Don’t be shy about asking for help from participants with more experience.

The tasks are:

  1. Create a P2P message for another participant and initiate a Winlink Telnet P2P session to deliver the message. If possible, leave your Winlink Telnet P2P session running so that at least one other participant can initiate a Telnet P2P session with your computer and send you a message. (See https://www.cvadn.net/winlink-mesh/ for configuration details.)
  2. Run HFS on your computer, create an advertised service on your node for the HFS URL, and confirm that it works, either by testing it yourself from another computer on another mesh node, or by observing that at least one other participant was able to download a large file (something in the range of several hundred kilobytes). (Configuration documentation in preparation.)
  3. Using the Seafile Web interface available through the service link on the CVADN “Mesh Status” page, upload a file to the Seafile “Mesh Wednesday Uploads” shared library (folder) and download file from that same library. (See https://help.seafile.com/ for usage documentation.)
  4. Take a screen grab of an IP camera image from another mesh node.
  5. Using the CVADN Winlink Telnet Post Office, send KQ9P a Winlink message containing a report on which tasks you completed, and with the IP camera screen grab attached and scaled to satisfy the Winlink attachment size limit. The report in the body of the message should be a simple list of your callsign and the tasks you completed, separated by commas. Example:
From: XX4XX
To: KQ9P
Subject: Mesh Wednesday Report
KQ9P, 1,3,4,5

Thanks for participating in Mesh Wednesday!