Hello Fremont/SF Bay Area GoTenna Mesh Users,
Just an update for you on how things are going over here in our central Fremont neighborhood of 120 homes.
My goal is to get as many neighbors as possible, to purchase GoTenna Mesh devices, set them up and conduct bi-annual tests with me, so that they are ready in a catastrophic emergency when all conventional comms are down.
THE NEWS is that one of my neighbors just bought a pair of GoTenna Mesh devices. He has been taking them on his daily walks on the nearby park trail, ranging about 1/2-mile away from our eastern-most homes. I joined him in his testing, and we were able to easily communicate east-to-west across all 9 culdesacs. I then drove about 1/2-mile away (westerly) and we still had good text comms (total distance line-of-sight was 1.3 km). As I ranged farther west, city buildings blocked our line-of-sight, and we stopped testing at that point.
So we’re now sending out “join-our-network” messages on Whatsapp and Facebook groups to enlist more neighbors. Hopefully in a few months, we’ll have at least one person on each of the 9 culdesacs to join our network and then we can conduct a test.
QUESTIONS FOR YOU EXPERTS:
- Do you think that our 9-street neighborhood would benefit in having an always-on GoTenna Mesh Relay? I’m thinking maybe it should be mounded on a mast, in the center of the neighborhood. BUT since our tests were good across alll 9 streets, maybe we don’t need to bother with this (?).
- Can we setup an encrypted talk-group in the GoTenna Mesh app? I know that we can have encrypted 1-to-1 comms with individual users, and I know that we can send broadcast messages with SHOUT and 911 modes. But I’m wondering if we can setup a group, comprised of all neighbors that have purchased a device. This would give us the ability to have neighbors-only encrypted conversations, and then we will only use SHOUT when we need to communicate with people outside of our neighborhood.
Thanks for your input on my two questions.