[Battlemesh] Special Regulatory Requirements at wbm10

Benjamin Henrion zoobab at gmail.com
Sat Apr 1 23:39:43 CEST 2017

On Apr 1, 2017 22:19, "Paul Fuxjaeger" <paul.fuxjaeger at gmx.at> wrote:

Fellow Battlemeshers!

We have just been informed via somewhat formal channels from our national
regulatory body that there is a special non-public clause in the recent
radio directive 2014/53/EU (also know as radio lockdown) which is very
relevant for this years battlemesh event.

The clause requires that on every site where a significant number of
curious hackers accumulate and deploy experimental wireless mesh networks -
a temporary dedicated 5GHz weather radar installation has to be setup right
next to it. This is done to make sure DFS works as intended and makes every
mesh (even the really really clever experimental ones) reliably fall apart
every time a short radar impulse is received.

Secondly, “unsigned firmware flashing activity” after midnight (CEST) is
strictly prohibited - this is really puzzling and we have no clue why this
clause is in there, but please comply - otherwise the building will be
emergency evacuated and searched for evil gremlins. (BTW: signed means
personally signed by the past commissioner for Digital Economy and Society,
Günther Öttinger himself, with a ballpen).

Clearly, all of this means significant overhead for our experimental work -
and all of this has not been known publicly until today (01.04.2017) - so
in order to compensate for those encumbering limitations the EU commission
(!) is willing to sponsor the event with HW:

They promised us that every participant that is signed up until 5th of
April is eligible for a free halfband wireless router running “a fully
certified modern OS which cannot be modified using conventional hacker
tools” (so we have been told - rumors indicate its running windows ME
embedded edition \o/).

Are you interested in this extra "goodie"? Then sign up now ;)


I will bring my 2.4ghz jammer, which is very useful if you want to test
2.4/5ghz mesh resiliancy.
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