I'm pleased to announce that we now have a working network in Central Virginia. We have two 5.8 GHz nodes, both Rocket M5s with omni antennas. One is located at the W4UVA shack (www.w4uva.org) on Observatory Hill on the University of Virginia campus (what we here call Grounds), and the newest node (yesterday) is at the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital Main Campus. Coverage in Charlottesville should be pretty good. We're still looking for mounting assets to extend the network more broadly across the Virginia ARES District 3 counties (Albemarle, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, and Greene).
Information about the network will be kept current at www.cvadn.net. The primary purpose of the CVADN is emergency communications and public service, but it is be available for experimentation and use by any licensed amateur when it is not needed for emcomm and public service.