About

WHO WE ARE?

The Jim Fisher Memorial Digital Network Association (JFMDNA) is an unincorporated association created in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act adopted in Pennsylvania (part of Act 67 of 2013).

Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)3

The Association was created for the purpose of enhancing amateur radio digital communications particularly through the buildout of MESH networks. The mission of the association is to expand upon the existing MESH network deployed throughout Montgomery County by building out capacity into adjacent counties and beyond–an area commonly described as the five county Philadelphia metropolitan area.

WHERE WE STARTED

During 2018, amateur radio operators in Montgomery County started the design and deployment of a high-speed data network based on the Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network (AREDN) framework.

Today that robust network offers a wide variety of network services throughout a large portion of western Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

WHERE WE’RE GOING

The Association seeks to engage more hams with an interest in digital modes of communication. The Association aspires to deliver both services through the MESH network and some tangible support for amateur operators who seek to connect to the MESH network.

OUR GOALS

  • Education, Research & Mentorship of the Amateur Radio Community on digital network technologies. 
  • Rapid ad-hoc communication deployments during disasters and emergencies.
  • Reliable, fault-tolerant networks that served agencies can protect Philadelpha Area residents and save lives during disaster situations.