I have talked before about our efforts to incentivize mesh communication with the Lot49 protocol, based on the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
Part of our efforts working towards that goal is to show how long range gateways using fixed radios could also be part of this system.
If you’re interested in mesh communication, Bitcoin or Amateur radio you might find this project interesting. We are also eagerly looking for ham radio operators interested in trying this out and giving us feedback.
Here’s a movie we made using a local audio loopback (instead of two radios) that demonstrates the protocol in action. The upper two windows are the two fldigi (amateur radio modem) software running on the same computer and negotiating a Bitcoin/Lightning channel update.
The basic design looks like this: