JPL Mesh Networking

The JPL Amateur Radio Club has several “nodes” on the Amateur Radio mesh network.    The mesh network uses equipment that is typically used for Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISP) but use firmware developed by the ARDEN team to support amateur radio operations.  Each device on the mesh network is called a “node”.  The mesh network functions like the regular Internet but is separate and operates on gigahertz frequencies that all licensed amateur radio operators can use.    For more information, see

The JPL Amateur Radio Club operates the following mesh network nodes

JPL ARC Mesh Network Nodes

NameDevice*ChanFreq (GHz)BW (MHz)LocationLink/Coverage
W6JPL-M5R-MESARocket M5 with 120° sector (19dBi)1705.85010MesaPasadena
W6JPL-M5NS-XW-MESANanostation M51685.84020MesaLink from the Mesa down to 180-R6
W6JPL-M5NS-180R6Nanostation M51685.84020180-R6Link up to Mesa north of JPL
W6JPL-M5R-180R6Rocket M5 with 120 sector (16dBi)1745.87020180-R6JPL Campus
W6JPL-M5NS-Loco-XW-B329NanoStation M5 Loco (WX)1745.87020329Link up to 180-R6 from the Building 329 Shack
W6JPL-M3NS-180R6NanoStation M3 (with 23x28" parabolic reflector)803.40010180-R6Link to Pleasants Peak in Orange County
W6JPL-RM3-PleasantsPk-p2p-JPLRocket M3 (with RocketDish RD-3G26 parabolic reflector)803.40010Pleasants Peak (O.C.)Link to JPL and to other nodes in the Pasadena area
* All equipment manufactured by Ubiquiti unless otherwise noted.