Last week a whole bunch of family & friends went camping and I setup solar powered gotenna relays on hilltops surrounding the area where we camp, bike, & boat. With nearly two dozen gotennas deployed to users and 5 deployed as solar powered relays this was my largest scale gotenna mesh test to date.
Our ability to communicate vastly improved over previous years of using FRS radios. Only a handful of us have ham licenses so we have used FRS for all the non hams who have no interest in getting their license.
We were able to communicate over multiple hills, ridge lines, mountain tops, and down into neighboring valleys. Locations that were previously in dead zones for cellular and FRS. I was even able to establish gotenna comms from our lake camp (which is surrounded my mountains) into the small town over 8 miles away.
Campers were able to relay messages to family and friends to coordinate bike rides, off roading adventures, & even reminding one another to grab extra bags of ice while in town.
Simply put. The system worked GREAT! The max amount of hops reported on that trip was 4. My max amount of hops to date is 5.
Gotenna Mesh is definitely here to stay with my group of friends and family. I got them all hooked!