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7/27/20: There are reports of a new organization being built called "ARES Plus" - we don't like it - a ham license is all we require. 
 7/20/20: By request of COMLs affiliated with our two largest counties and ARES we will be supporting AREDN mesh on Ch. 180/10m as an additional radio on our mobile tower fleet.
7/19/20:  The MN tower trailer count is now eight 30 foot class, two 40+ feet.  More are being contemplated.  The US Coast Guard Auxiliary folks want one. 
6/21/20: We now have five 30 foot tower trailers in the Twin Cities and two larger ones.   It looks like four will be ready for ARRL Field Day.  We will have two of ours at Bensen Airport.  One idea is to get two more (they are about $500) and put one in Rochester and one in Duluth for three hour deployment anywhere in the State.  The standard loadout will be mesh, solar panels and mesh and possibly a small FM UHF repeater. 
4/27/20: We met virtually with the ARES team here.  The idea is for 5GHz mesh, AREDN will be the Ham Radio standard.  Our mesh network, using the same underlying open source code, will be the "TWINSLAN Medical Command Network" for the Marathon and our agencies.   Having two networks is actually better.  Both are compatible except for addressing so can be linked.  Our trailers can do that. 
4/27/20:  We have a new third tower trailer.  The newest one is also 30 feet with a 6KW diesel.   Two are operational and deployable.  One generator and one tower trailer are in hand but not deployable. 
3/19/20:  Our packet, mesh and D-Star networks are in pretty good shape.  We have an effort underway to finish the Rochester packet link and get our two 6kw diesel generator trailers operational.  Parts are on hand for both.  The Lombardini needs a top end rebuild- waiting for parts.    The Onan needs rewiring.  The 3/21 meeting is cancelled and future meetings are via Zoom. 
3/1/20: The Churchill lease was not renewed.  So we will lose three repeaters and one mesh node. 
2/20/20: We had a ball supporting the Loppet Foundation for the City of Lakes Winter Festival.   They are amazingly fun and energetic.  I hope we are invited back.  We needed a tower trailer badly- none were available.  So we bought another one- 30 feet- $700.  It is now operational and available 7x24x365. 
11/27/19: We sent 1.2 megabits of live video (upper right photo) from Minneapolis to St Paul over our mesh network.  We watched it in the parking lot of St Paul Fire Station 4.  We need more sites and to finish adding mesh antennas to all area command vehicles.  The mesh was used at the 2019 Marathon for injured runner tracking (right) and has been since 2016. 
8/2/19: The Minneapolis to St Paul Mesh link is installed
1/20/19: This video about Amateur Radio for Hurricaine Maria is fascinating.  https://www.hamradio.me/emcomm/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico-hams-helped.html
12/21/18: W8WRR is now linked in @400 feet in St Paul thanks Peter KD8GBL
3/9/18: KD0JOV is on the Internet @400 feet near Golden Valley.  442.9 and 145.15. G3.
10/21/17: W1AFV is on- net @Minneapolis 442.95 at 300 feet.  Note also XRF858A is linked to our Reflector 53a. 
: We have a few copies of the new Icom G3 Gateway Software package -64 bit  - we are all in- KC0WLB is first.  One idea is to move that site into the cloud as it has so many registered users, and put a Pi and the IRCDDB code + new call at the actual repeater.  
11/19/16: We are going to add more 5Ghz 802.11a mesh nodes in St Paul and connect to Hennepin County.  The idea is to better cover the city and link to Minneapolis. Volunteers from both counties are represented.  Note we are not using the HSMM-Mesh(tm) frequency plan. We think 2.4G is pretty congested.  The requirement for control operators seems archaic to our leaders here.  We use OpenWRT +OLSR. 
7/16/16: STPONE (Downtown St Paul) has a 5G mesh Ubiquiti + OpenWRT omni (Ch 157- N0TL.Twinslan.net) at 250+ feet - the Internet is still slow however. 
7/1/16: REF53 has been moved to a better (peering) cloud and we are pondering moving KC0WLB to the cloud as a designated registration site for our G2 legacy users.   We are building an ircDB gateway as a prototype for the whole fleet moving forward.
4/17/16: 145.15/442.9 are up at a great site and will largely fix our West Metro coverage gaps.  Thanks Pete and Alan.  W1AFV is up and needs a better antenna and some Internet.
1/9/15: We moved our oldest set of laptops, Eight Compaq N800Vs, to Puppy Precise 5.7.1. 
1/12/14: Our DCC 2013 talk is live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC54ZBclexE
10/1/13: Our MNWASH site 145.67 packet/D-Star DD is up today at 300' HAAT in Bayport, MN
9/22/13: One of the DCC Seattle talks suggested that the ARRL issued digital certificates that are part of Logbook of the World can be used across many digital modes for user authentication.
9/21/13: The ARRL Board, who have been fighting D-Star for years, (though not as hard as they fought No-Code, SSB or FM)  gets their wish granted- yet another incompatible digital system, this time from Yeasu.  
9/13/13: RIP to Wayne Green, W2NSD.  I got a personal hint that the gauntlet was available.
8/8/13: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary W8WRR group has purchased a 440RF deck for W8WRR.   
5G Dish at TCM