Upcoming Meeting

Our next monthly club meeting will be Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. at the Springfield Justice Center.  Our June presentation will be on the AREDN Mesh Networking.

From our presenter, John Simpson—-This technology can revolutionize your connectivity with a groundbreaking solution designed to empower communities, organizations, and individuals alike. AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) opens up a world of possibilities. Often described as a “parallel universe to the Internet”, it enables resilient and self-sustaining networks that can span vast distances, overcoming traditional limitations. Seamlessly connect devices, share data, and collaborate in even the most challenging environments. With AREDN, ham radio communities gain the power to build a robust network infrastructure that ensures reliable communication, whether for emergency response, community development, or experimentation. Experience the future of networking with AREDN Mesh Networking and unlock the potential of true connectivity.


John, AI7BQ, brings three years of licensed operator experience. Currently, he holds the roles of Secretary at the Valley Radio Club and President of the Lane Medical Amateur Radio Group, a team of 30 hams who provide emcomm support to seven medical facilities in Lane County.

After a 39-year career in embedded computing, John has since retired. He is civic minded, and served as an EWEB Commissioner, LCOG chair, and member of the McKenzie Watershed Council. Notably, he played a pivotal role in securing funding for the Downtown Eugene Fiber Optic network. His expertise also contributed to the approval of the mesh networked electric/water metering system in the EWEB service territory.

John advocates for the implementation of AREDN in Lane County, and serves as a Sysop for a MeshPhone PBX. This versatile system caters to 15 local subscribers, offers autopatch services to two repeaters, and operates as a tandem switch for five other offices.

His passion lies in the integration of computer technology and radio, with a specific focus on APRS automation, Echolink/AllStarlink, and telecom resiliency. Beyond this, John engages in hobbies such as home automation, VoIP, Linux, Python, and Laser Cutting/Engraving. During his free time, he enjoys road trips, exploring new destinations, and quality time with his friends, family, and beloved dog, Rabbit.

Furthermore, John takes on the responsibility of net manager for the Wednesday night Digital Radio Net, while also serving as one of the net control operators for the W7PXL Tech and Training net.


Our meeting agenda will follow the pattern set out in our by-laws—–

“Unless changed by the President or presiding director at their sole discretion, Regular Membership
Meetings will be guided by Roberts Rules of Order and conducted as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. President’s Opening Comments

3. Roll Call

4. Educational or training presentation

5. Announcements

6. Approval of Minutes of prior meeting

7. Treasurer’s Report

8. Committee reports

9. Reading of pending membership applications

10. Old Business

11. New Business

12. Adjournment”

If you have any questions, please feel free to email vicepresident@emerald-ars.us

Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by Vice President