I'm so glad to see Wyatt mention NDN. I've been waiting for someone to
bring this up.
*After* I found Disaster Radio a few years ago I found Named Data Networks
(NDN) which was very exciting. On and off for about 1 year after I wrote my
own implementation of NDN. UCLA's sample code on NDN (in Java) is
problematic for Disaster Radio which led me to C implementation. That code
is dormant for the moment.
However. I think there is a real opportunity for Disaster Radio to combine
the best parts of NDN with APRS (http://www.aprs.org). There are many
human-years of work contributed in the APRS / Ham space that we can learn
from. A great primer on APRS is found here (
http://www.aprs.org/doc/APRS101.PDF) but go to Page 9 "The APRS Design
Philosophy" to find a few ah-ha moments relative to Disaster Radio.
So. NDN + APRS (i.e. Net Cycle Time, Repeaters, Packet Timing, etc) makes
for a potentially powerful protocol.
Next. The user interface.
If we measure success through the lens of "adoption" (people using it,
nodes being setup, etc). then consider making the interface look fairly
idential to instant messaging. Meaning my older / female / neighbor would
go to the Disaster Radio hotspot and the webpage there (not app) would
"look" like a messaging app. (note: you may not measure success this way -
Last: My neighbor is putting up her own node...
What if a Disaster Radio node was (also) available as a web enabled light
bulb. In this case my senior neighbor could replace her porch light with a
Disaster Radio lightbulb that she screws into the receptacle on her porch.
The lightbulb has an esp8266 within (
Then later, .. she sees the Disaster Radio hotspot on her WIFI list and can
click it to get access to the Webpage / Messaging interface. (Granted:
this implementation is not solar enabled).
So glad to see a rekindled energy here.
Maybe the time is right to see this take off.
Hi Disaster Radio fans,
I'm hoping disaster.radio can develop a presence within Scuttlebutt.
Currently there is nothing, only channel reference #disasterradio.
After some years of things being as-is perhaps we can consider the next
step: I would love to see disaster.radio have an SSB room  we can all
connect on and include in a Public lists that is easy to find . My
guess is disaster.radio peeps might not even know what a room is... a
"room" in SSB connects users without replicating their messages or
data. This means it is left to the users to relay their messages
between each other via some other means. Good news is this should keep
the room server light and nimble, where-as Pubs host many gigabytes of
data as more users join.
This project is cool, but there is simply no success if we are not able
to communicate together via Scuttlebutt.... it is the very technology
that the radio hinges on. I felt so inspired by disaster.radio that I
setup a Pub a couple years ago, with the original intention of
communicating across disaster nodes... I still hope that this might
happen, but first we just need a presence for disaster.radio on
scuttlebutt as more than a hashtag!
Hey team! Love your work. Im really interested in getting in touch with you
guys to let you know we have pitched your idea to Australia! But with a
twist that i think you guys will absolutely love.
Please feel free to contact me on signal or whatsapp anytime on 0400807942.
This pitchis going to be huge. Its all about how we respond "whole of
government" to a disaster. How do we power your disaster radio with AI.
Mob: 0400 807 942