Please note this is not for the faint at hart. It takes a lot of tweaking and setting up different software programs to relay the audio onto a Mesh Network. Inter-connectivity between the Mesh Node, Netgear Switch, Mesh AP, Raspberry Pi, Internet Modem/Router, Laptop, Cellphone and Software are taking place when this feature is activated. I had several requests to provide more details on how I achieved this. Please note “my way” is not the only way to achieve this however I wanted it to be done without connecting the Internet to the Mossel Bay Mesh Network. I am sure there are other ways and if you do it in another way, please send me the details to share with other mesh administrators. (Email: sawois05ATgmaiDOTcom)
You should know the workings of:
This look like a time intensive and daunting task. I said that this is not for the faint harted but remember “No Pain No Gain” and if your hart is in it then you will persevere to reach the ultimate goal and success. Note: If I can do it with no IT Diploma or Certificate then you can do it as well. Ok for the purpose of this How To we will only be looking at streaming Echolink onto the Mossel Bay Mesh Network. Lets get started with the setup:
- Your home or laptop computer must be connected to an ADSL Modem Router. Ensure that you have a good Internet Wireless (WiFi) connection to your computer. I use a wireless connection and a laptop to connect to the Internet. The LAN connection on the computer is used to connect to the Mesh Network. You need to test your WiFi connection and LAN connection to ensure that both work independently from each other. In Chrome Browser I open the Mesh Node Access Page and in a new tab I access any Internet Web page. If both windows open you ready to proceed.
- You need to install the following programs on your home computer: VoiceMeeter Banana Mixer, Your VOIP Client and Echolink
- Now we need to configure these programs. I am only going to discuss the setup of the audio and sound settings of each of these. By now you should be familiar with the other functions and setups of each program.
VoiceMeeter Banana Setup:
Install the VoiceMeeter Banana Virtual Input drivers. Once installed it will show up under Virtual Inputs. (VoiceMeter VAIO and AUX) Open VoiceMeeter Banana. Click on – Hardware Input 1. Select KS: Conexant HD Audio Input (This is your computer sound card input device) Then select A1 and B2. Now set VoiceMeeter VAIO by clicking on the Equalizer circles. -12.0 Treble, 12.0 Middle Circle and -12.0 Bass. Select A1 and B2. Now onto VoiceMeeter AUX. Leave all circles default at 0.0. Select A1 and B2. Now set Hardware Out. Click on A1. Select: MME: Conexant HD Audio Output (This is your computer sound card output device) Now click on the VBAN Button. Go to Outgoing Streams. Click on which will turn green. Now enter your IP Number of you Mesh Node and Port Number of you VOIP Server/Client. If correct a green box will appear next to the IP Address Number. Finally click on VBAN is off to switch VBAN on. Block will light up in blue.
VOIP Client Setup:
Depending on the program you use this setup will differ. You might need a Server for your VOIP Client. I installed a server on the Raspberry Pi which is connected to a Switch. Ensure that your client and server communicate properly. Now go to and click on Configure/Preference/Settings. We are looking for the Audio Input and Audio Output settings. Audio Input: System: DirectSound Device: VoiceMeeter Aux VAIO Transmit: Voice Activity. Select Amplitude. Leave all other slides at default. Audio Output: System: DirectSound Device: VoiceMeeter VAIO Leave all other sliders at default. Select Advanced. Click Apply and OK
Click on Tools, Setup and then Audio. Select Input Device: VoiceMeeter VAIO and Output Device: VoiceMeeter AUX VAIO. Leave other setting default. Click OK. Now connect to station that is active on Echolink to see if all programs work in tandem. Once connected the Echolink RX slider will move up and down. Your VOIP Client will show TX. In VoiceMeeter the VInput: VoiceMeeter AUX slider will move up and down. In Master Section A1 and B2 slider will also move up and down as audio is recieved and transmitted.
If you now connect to the Mossel Bay Mesh Network via LAN or AP (Wifi) you can listen to Echolink on the mesh network with your VOIP Client. Just select the MsbMesh Echolink Channel and away you go! NOTE: This service will not work in the event that there is no Internet connectivity or audio from an Echolink Station/User/Repeater/Link.
Johan Terblanche ZS1I
(Mossel Bay Mesh Founder and Administrator)
I added two new services to the Mossel Bay Mesh Network in the past two days:
- Mossel Bay Weather Station Channel
The Mossel Bay Weather Station Channel is available on the Mesh Network when you open Mumble. Click the link Mumble Voice Chat Server on the ZS1I-4 Mesh Status Page under Services. Now join the MsbMesh WX Station Channel by clicking on the MsbMesh WX Station Channel. The weather is broadcast every 15 minutes on this channel. The following weather information is send over the mesh network:
Weather information is automatically updated.
This service allow for any local weather station information to be broadcasted on the Mesh Network even if there is no Internet connection. This will be most useful during emergencies, disasters or severe weather events.
- Echolink Streaming Audio Channel
The Echolink Streaming Audi Channel is available on the Mesh Network when you open Mumble. Click the link Mumble Voice Chat Server on the ZS1I-4 Mesh Status Page under Services. Now join the MsbMesh Echolink Channel by clicking on the MsbMesh Echolink Channel. Echolink audio is broadcast on this channel over the Mossel Bay Mesh Network if and when there is activity. Echolink allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s emergency and general communications capabilities. This service will not work in the event that there is no Internet connectivity. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 151 of the world’s 193 nations — with about 6,000 online at any given time. In the event of no Internet connectivity we use Mumble Voice Chat Server on the Mossel Bay Mesh Network to communicate via the mesh in the Mossel Bay area.
Two great services now available to all Mossel Bay Mesh Network users.
Lookout for future services to be added to the Mossel Bay Mesh Network. Enjoy!
The Mossel Bay Mesh Network is up and running after extensive maintenance and changes were made to the backbone network. More on this in future updates. It was great to see that every node, switch, access point and servers were running flawlessly after startup. Even the time module connected to a raspberry pi needed no updating. So far so good. Tests conducted with ZS2I indicated that the mesh network was working great. Quite noticeable was that LQ and LNQ now at 100% between ZS1I and ZS2I. Before this would fluctuate between 60 – 70%. Further upgrades and node installations will be done as and when time allows. I am also busy re-furbishing several grid antennas. However we need transmitters (nodes) for these antennas.
Network equipment like CAT 5 cable, connectors, VLAN Switches, Ubiquity or TPLink outdoor WiFi equipment will be most welcome. Aredn Mossel Bay need this equipment to extent the AREDN mesh network in the Southern Cape Area. We will also except your old WiFi grid or air-grid antennas, Access Points, CPE’s for emergency communications. Donations can be send to: Mossel Bay Mesh Network, 51 Apiesdoring St, Heiderand, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa. Contact Aredn – Mossel Bay Mesh Network on Twitter @MsbAredn or email us: sawois05 AT gmail DOT com for further information.
This sounds that we are just asking and not giving. Well join the Mossel Bay Mesh Network and see what’s happening to you donations and what SERVICES we provide FREE OF ANY CHARGE!! The only capital outlay when joining the Mesh is your own equipment at your residence.
Looking forward to work you on the Mossel Bay Mesh Network.
Founder and Administrator of the Mossel Bay Mesh Network
Update 1: Aredn: Mossel Bay Mesh Network – Maintenance/Installation
- The Mossel Bay Mesh Network is still offline. Due to inclement weather I was not able to work on the backbone of the mesh. It has been raining/spitting/fog/thunderstorms for nearly two weeks now which makes it unsafe to climb ladders to remove nodes. I will ensure that the first day of good weather will be used to make the necessary changes to the backbone.
- In the meantime I made some changes to the AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network webpage. I added two new pages to the site. Videos and Twitter Feed – On the Video Page I will post interesting videos that relates to Mesh Networks, Amateur Radio and Emergency Communications, while the Twitter Feed is self explanatory. This page is linked to the Mossel Bay Mesh Net Twitter Account – Mossel Bay Mesh Network ala #AREDN = Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network
#meshnetworks #hamradio #weatherguru #AviationAccidents #disastermanagement
Everything in one place! Enjoy!
Ps: Updates to follow in respect of maintenance/installation of Back Bone Nodes.
New Year – “New Beginning”
Like the title say – New Year – “New Beginning” It has been quiet on the web-site for some time now but lots happened behind the scenes. The MsbMesh is currently down for major upgrades and infrastructure changes. This can last till the end of January 2018, weather permitting. I apologize for any inconvenience in this regard. As of writing this post the weather has been fowl for several days now with mist, very high humidity and rain at times. So much for working on the mesh. I also moved “shack”, “ops-room”, “operational center” call it what you want. This room must be painted when the weather clears. Everything has come to a standstill. Well this happens sometime and I will just have to live with it. I have lots of ideas and plans for 2018 relating to the mesh, emergency communications and security in this part of the world. Look back from time to time for updates on new and current projects.
Here is a list of envisaged projects for the first half of 2018:
- Setting up an AllStar Link for simplex and repeater operation.
- Recording videos of certain mesh projects/events.
- Setting up Mesh Cameras for viewing weather and veld fires.
- Arrange a Meet-Up for those interested in the Mesh and how to join the current network.
- Plot line of sight areas.
- Build more portable Mesh Nodes.
- Build more portable AllStar Nodes.
- Setting up an ADS-B Receiver to track aircraft.
- Build a robot to assist in post disaster recovery or any other emergency.
- Build a RC PMG to assist in post disaster recovery or monitoring of wildfires.
- Other projects to be listed later.
As can be seen from the above list there is quite a lot of work at hand. Let’s see how far we get with the above. Feed back will be given on this web site on the progress of these projects. Stay tuned!!
Founder and Administrator of the AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network
19 January 2018
Christmas brings family and friends together; it helps us appreciate the love in our lives we can often take for granted. During this season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May you enjoy the message of hope, love, and peace on Earth.
The glory and beauty of this wonderful season is something we all can share together.
Wishing you a very Blessed Christmas!!
Admin: AREDN – Mossel Bay Mesh Network
Unique Contact with ZS9YOTA via AllStar 46765 + AREDN Mesh Node: 12 December 2017 08h20 – 08h32
Great was my surprise to hear ZS9YOTA (Mobile) calling on the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) AllStar Node running on a Raspberry Pi this morning. I quickly connected to the AllStar Node vnia my Iphone using Zoiper (VOIP application).
Contact was established with a young lady (Chane Greeff ZS4CG) 15 years old from Sasolburg a passenger in her dads car while I was sitting in my living room. She was using Echolink on a cellphone with clear crisp audio.
We had a great chat and I explained to her that our conversation was going out simultaneously on the AREDN AllStar 46765 Node, Echolink 108551 Node and also on the AREDN Mossel Bay Mesh Network. (ZS1I-4 Node via 5.8Ghz) All modern technology with the young and not so young radio amateur in mind.
The young lady explained that the December YOTA Month Event is aimed at young people who are interested in or want to find out more about Amateur Radio on the air. I was highly impressed with the operating procedures of this young lady and commend her in this regard. A great new modern contact with modern technology!!
Finally: I would like to invite all youngsters and also not so young operators to support Youngsters On The Air (ZS9YOTA) during December. Feel free to use the following nodes if you so wish:
- Echolink Node 108551 ZS1I-L
- AllStar Node 46765 ZS1I-L
- AREDN Node http://zs1i-4.local.mesh:8080/ ( ZS1I-4 (Only accessible on 5.8 Ghz))
More information on https://mosselbaymesh.co.za/
Looking forward to working more Youngsters On The Air (ZS9YOTA) via the above nodes.
Johan Terblanche ZS1I
Founder: AREDN: Mossel Bay Mesh Network
12 December 2017