5 Years Ago Today !!
On January 26 2010, Jim Kinter K5KTF, who had been collaborating with Glenn Currie KD5MFW, Rick Kirchhof NG5V, David Rivenburg AD5OO, and Bob Morgan WB5AOH, "turned on" this very website !
The 4 original founders of the (then-named) HSMM-MeshTM (High Speed Multimedia-Mesh) project had been working on developing a high speed solution for all of Amateur Radio. Jim had met Glenn the month before and initially found out about the project. Doing websites and having his own servers, Jim built a Joomla-based site underneath one of his other sites, and collected all the correct information he could gather regarding the project for the new site. After a few weeks of going over the site for content and formatting, on this date in 2010, the site went live under its own domain name, www.HSMM-Mesh.org.
Since then, the project has gained popularity, with Hams all around the world learning about "mesh" and what can be done when you have a broadband (>1Mb/s) RF network. We have added support for several Ubiquiti models in multiple bands, so that hams can have choices to fit their needs.
Over time, because of confusion between technologies, people having a hard time getting the acronym right, and to better reflect the project scope, the founders agreed to change the name to Broadband-HamnetTM. www.Broadband-Hamnet.org was created and everything redirected to the new domain name.
The site now serves up thousands of individual web pages per day, has almost 5,000 registered users, almost 1,000 nodes on the Googlemap, and has become the source for Hams wanting to learn how to use today's technology for Ham radio. The term "Mesh" has become synonymous with microwave broadband TCP/IP communications in the Amateur Radio community.
The amazing part of the project's success is YOU, the Ham radio operator. All of this success has been due to word-of-mouth, as the project never bought million-dollar advertising campaigns, or sponsored events at hamfests. It is operators finding out about it, playing with it, and telling their friends. Many Hams help spread the word by giving presentations to their local clubs and groups.
The enormous growth over the past 5 years is attributed to the need for a broadband-based system in Amateur Radio. We are proud to have been at the forefront of this technology, and to be able to bring it to the masses, helping Hams all over the world design and build their own BBHN networks. Numerous people from around the world have contributed to the project, and we expect it will keep on growing.
The BBHN project has won awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Emergency Management Association of Texas, and made the front cover of the ARRL's July 2013 QST (and the monthly Cover Award).
Hams all over the world are now investigating, designing, testing, installing, and using the BBHN firmware, technologies, and ideologies brought to them through this very website.
We hope to always be able to continue to bring the Amateur Radio community fresh ideas and software to help with Emergency Communications and help Ham radio move forward in the 21st Century.
HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY HSMM-Mesh/Broadband-Hamnet!