Hello! My name
is Steve, N2DH
I am US Licensed Radio Amateur who wants to connect with others to build out a digital network across America.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just to help get us all on the same page.
The EHN is currently a concept for creating a National Digital Ham Network. This Network would be built by attracting a group of people to work together towards this common cause. The formation of this group is expected to achieve three main goals:
- The formation of a group of operators who will work together to create a fully digital national network operating 24/7 for their enjoyment and the greater good of amateur radio.
- This network will drive significant traffic on frequencies currently underutilized which in turn will help protect that spectrum from being taken back by the FCC.
- To offer a 24/7 off grid digital network available in time of Emergency should the cell phone and internet networks fail.
No, but it will be available should the cell phone service or Internet fail. The term Emergency Ham Network is more of a rallying call to current operators to pool their skills and resources to create something currently unachievable. The EHN is not intended to compete or replace current Ham Radio Emergency Services but offer new services to the general population.
Yes, right now we are still in the planning phase. But if you are interested in becoming one of the founder members, just contact us using the form below. To be successful we need critical mass and a mix of experts, experimenters, operators and supporters. There is no charge for joining and members will have access to the planning and architectural documents. In the future we expect members to pay a small administrative fee to help cover costs.
We started in November 2021 and are still in the feasibility/planning phase. We hope to go live with this website and more media coverage in January 2022. An optimistic goal is availability of the Emergency Ham Network Smart Phone System prototype by the Summer of 2022 and the gradual publication of a candidate architecture with a draft plan for the Network by the fall of 2022.
First, I need to be clear on what I do not want it to be perceived or become. It is not a private club or my platform. It should not compete with existing groups or organizations. It needs to be open to all, provided they have its interests at heart. Its focus is the establishment of an Emergency Ham Network and the necessary interfaces/peripherals to use said network. Within practical limits, it should be a flat organization with few layers or gatekeepers.
With those statements in mind, I expect it will play a discovery, verify, integration and test design cycle. Followed by delivering instructions and recommendations with the occasional per-packaged items whenever the demand justifies. So, in the beginning any new research/development will be focused on best practices, configurations and procedures based on experimentation, through integrating available technologies. In the future some of these products may spawn real new development or publishing new research.
I see its added value emerging from the productivity and new ideas resulting from bringing many experts and experimenters together with a common focus. It should become an environment that encourages group questioning and sharing of information. A beneficial by-product should be the creation of a powerful online repository of relevant technology, designs and research.
As soon as critical mass is achieved and a team of "experts" can be established the EHN should be helping clubs, repeater groups and other emergency groups improve their infrastructure and products.
Once a reputation has been created the EHN should be able to start to lobby the Amateur Radio organizations, equipment manufacturers, FCC and Emergency Services.
If successful I see its whole portfolio being shared through an Open Source or Creative Commons license. The establishment of a recognized set of local and national leaders accountable to their peers. And an eventual move to becoming a Corporation registered as a 401(c ).
Consider joining, but immediately you can help spread the word to help us see if this proposal is achievable and what support there might be. So, send details to other operators in your circle, like us on our social media channels and generally help get the word out. Equally if you think we are mad/delusional, tell us why.
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I am US Licensed Radio Amateur N2DH who wants to connect with others to build out a digital network across America. Using Mesh Networks and Packet Networks.
Newark, NJ 07107