Project MOAN: Mother of All Nodes

I just bought this on eBay to play with, this should be interesting! Only $25! I can’t wait to see what my field strength meter reads with this puppy! 6.86 dBd of gain what what! :stuck_out_tongue:

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Is that a female SMA port? In other words, if I get a male SMA to Type-N cable antenna feedline will that work?
Also, would you do a jumper from the goTenna or just straight into the antenna feedline?

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Get back to you @LAFD_CERT_Battalion2 ASAP.

Gotta get ready for work and skydiving.


The MOAN unit has a phone attached to it for range testing reasons and last night after work I tested it. 6 miles and change isn’t bad! :slight_smile:


So I see the distance achieved is 2.4 with one hop right? This is the test with putting relay device in tree at 40 feet?

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@Mark, it was with the MOAN unit and I actiually got 6+ miles also. I am getting a bigger omni antenna with more gain AND a MOAN with a yagi :slight_smile:

Had to take the MOAN out of service (just for a few hours) to test the yagi I got today and all I can say is: WOW! Also I need to give a shout out to my new friend @amon, I can’t wait unit you get your units so we can Mesh all over the Seattle area :slight_smile:


This was on the fringe of the range and coms were 25% at best. BUT I have a bad ass yagi antenna (7 dBd) in hand to play with and a 6 dBd isotropic antenna OTW! Ssssooooooo this is going to get even more and more interesting I am sure.

My Goal: Connect the Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, and Redmond areas with long haul coms to the Seattle area. Is there any way @Rahul_Subramany or @Jin_Gotenna a point to point “long haul” unit can not count as a hop? As to enable area to area coverage with more ease? I hope I am explaining the concept clearly.

So far the MOAN had a MAX range of 9.80 miles. BUT will WILL get better with better antennas and better unit placement, and of course will done ASAP!!!


My West-Coast brother!

Exactly what I was asking about earlier.

I too am wanting to get my area covered, not just for me but to get more people meshing. it’s a much easier sell if I can show them that they can message from their work place to home 20mi away. I’d probably get 100 more users from three well placed (and non hop incrementing) nodes. I just wonder how that would affect bandwidth saturation.

Oops, I meant to get my “First Quote” Badge on a quote from G.K. Chesterton.

“We are perishing for lack of wonder, not for lack of wonders.”
-G.K. Chesterton


I am on it @Rahul_Subramany and @Jin_Gotenna!!! Going into the field now to test. Hopefully with our guy @amon

@Matthew_Ellisor Good, no great idea! More to come later tonight!

No. The current Mesh protocol does not allow for this. Our new Chief Scientist, is working on improving our Mesh protocol.
The plan is to allow for a large number of hops (makes me drool!), such that hop count is no longer a concern!


Last night @amon and I did some serious testing of the MOAN unit and here is a video about what we did and how it went, enjoy!..


@Rahul_Subramany You had me at: “Our new Chief Scientist, is working on improving our Mesh protocol.”


Good stuff here @gua742. Look forward to whats next and improvement you have in mind mentioned in your video.

Good to hear MOAN is still rock solid. How is the solar panel holding up? Any issues with heat, moisture build up etc? Are you leaving the MOAN 24/7 on top of your roof at this point for testing?

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So far it’s been outside 24/7 with about three hours off the roof to check it out. I have not siliconed the entry points but will this week. It’s been through a few light rains and some ask from the forest fires we’ve had here in Washington and so far everything has held up awesome. Of course after getting it all sealed up I don’t expect any issues.

I am however going to put an antenna on it with more gain :smile:

As far as yagi antennas go I am going to call these people tomorrow and see if I can demo the unit linked below. It’s the highest dB of gain yagi I can find, let see how ridiculous range is with this monster! 17.3 dBi of gain :smiley:

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Don’t worry I am also focusing on a smaller MOAN, just wanted to let y’all know that AND I’ll have an update about that tonight!


@gua742 take a look at PLX’s “Legion 2 Solar” KS. might be an option for this as well? I’m happy to get involved too if you want some additional working prototypes, etc.

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@flickerdown you in Seattle?

I think this is the best mini MOAN solar panel, what y’all think? Watch the video and check out the link. My friend Collins and @amon are going to harden it and see how it works IRL (in real life)…