So the topic is part local and part global in scope.
I am wondering what people think about not just treating their units as emergency devices or when needed devices.
I fully support the idea of 24/7 nodes and I intend to run one on the 9th floor of a building at Sunset and Wilcox looking west. However, the real strength of mesh is more units.
If we all wait till either there is a critical event or we are operating in known limited access area, then we can’t be sure our units are functional or that the mesh network in our area will be robust enough.
So I am suggesting people consider keeping their units charged up and on as much as possible.
While I am not a HAM operator, I remember hearing on my scanner nights when they would do a roll call on the network. Perhaps if nothing else in an area once a month people should turn on their units so we can organically test overall coverage.
So to that end, I am running mine 24/7 and will be somewhere between West LA and Hollywood and next week when my black units arrive I will have one up and running full time from the 9th floor in Hollywood.
Feel free to PM me if you are near or going to be near and want to test range here in Los Angeles.