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NPS distance learning December 18, 2006
Collaborative Distance Education Pilot Activity enabled by HPWREN at the Cabrillo National Monument

A distance learning pilot at the National Park Service Cabrillo National Monument site at Point Loma near San Diego utilized a real-time interactive audio/video conference from the tidepools to classroom settings. In addition a submersible ROV with on-board camera and a further fixed digital network camera were used.

2006 brochure December 11, 2006
New Booklet Summarizes HPWREN Activities

With a great deal of help from HPWREN collaborators, a 2006 booklet which summarizes HPWREN activities was finished.

3C November 30, 2006
Public Safety Agencies Begin Work on an HPWREN-like System for Southern California

For more than five years, the HPWREN team has been working with first responders in the San Diego area to better understand how high-speed wireless data networking can assist with public safety aspects in hard-to-reach areas for both persistent and ad-hoc connections. Now multiple agencies formed a formal consortium to capitalize on the research findings of HPWREN's work in the public safety arena and build a high-performance data network.

2006 HPWREN Annual Users Workshop November 4, 2006
2006 HPWREN Annual Users Workshop presentation slides

This year's HPWREN Annual Users Workshop was held on November 3 at the Ramona Air Attack Base of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the hangar of the OV10.

Palomar 200 inch mirror October 19, 2006
Cleaning of the 200 inch telescope mirror at the HPWREN-connected Palomar Observatory

Telescopes at Palomar get a lot of use. It is a fact of life that their mirrors get dirty. The 200-inch mirror of Caltech's Palomar Observatory is no exception.

Astronomy mural October 12, 2006
New Window of Universe Opens at Griffith; Unprecedented Image from Palomar

Caltech scientists have produced the largest astronomical image ever in order to inspire the public with the wonders of space exploration. The image has been reproduced as a giant mural in the new exhibit hall of the landmark Griffith Observatory, which will reopen Nov. 3 after several years of renovation. The image data was transferred from the Palomar Observatory via HPWREN.

Prototype Fiber Optic Seismometer October 10, 2006
Prototype Fiber Optic Seismometer

Modern seismometers throughout the world, including those on HPWREN, rely on electronic displacement transducers to sense motions of an inertial mass, whenever the earth's surface moves. New advances in optical fiber technology are providing an alternative to this type of modern observatory grade seismometer.

OFIS October 9, 2006
New Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensor deployment at Camp Elliot

Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensors (OFIS) are long compliant tubes wrapped with two optical fibers that interferometrically measure atmospheric pressure along the length of the tube. The UCSD OFIS team is building a multi-arm OFIS array at the Camp Elliot field station.

TrES-2 September 18, 2006
Jupiter-Sized Transiting Planet Found by Astronomers Using Novel Telescope Network

An international team of astronomers has detected a planet slightly larger than Jupiter that orbits a star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Draco.

Mt. Laguna snow August 25, 2006
HPWREN Collaborates with NOAA's National Weather Service in Obtaining Valuable Real-time Data

For some time the National Weather Service (NWS), part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has used HPWREN real-time camera network and meteorological stations to be more aware of the current weather conditions.

Caltech August 11, 2006
Caltech issues a Palomar Observatory Press Release about the HPWREN Collaboration

A California Institute of Technology press release about the ongoing partnership with HPWREN can be found at

SCCOOS August 10, 2006
HPWREN connects new San Clemente Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) Surface Current Mapping System

In June 2006, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) added a new station on San Clemente Island (SCI). This was facilitated by an upgraded link to SCI, and a wireless extension on the island to this new station.

Ramona Air Show August 4, 2006
HPWREN Team Participates in Ramona Air Show

During the June 24-25 annual Ramona Air Show, HPWREN participated via a public display at the Ramona Air Attack Base of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Horse Fire July 25, 2006
HPWREN provides network connectivity and VoIP to Horse Fire Incident Command Post

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection contacted HPWREN on late Sunday afternoon of July 23rd to set up communications for a high-speed wireless data at the Incident Command Post in support of firefighting operations during the Horse Fire in San Diego County.

network changes July 20, 2006
Summary of Various Recent HPWREN Routing and Topology Updates

Several changes have recently been made toward HPWREN improvements and increased connectivity.

network cameras July 12, 2006
HPWREN and the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve collaborate on a new generation of field-deployable high resolution network cameras

Remote environmental observations by means of network-deployed sensors has become an important component of the HPWREN activities over the years. This includes network cameras.

Dos Picos Wildland Fire Drill May 22, 2006
Multi-agency collaboration prepares for Voice-over-IP phones at Firefighter Incident Command Posts

As part of this year's San Diego County Wildland Fire Drill, a collaboration between the San Diego Sheriff's Department, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and HPWREN allowed for a demonstration of Voice-over-IP services that can be used at future Incident Command Posts.

CWC/SDSU bioacoustics research May 10, 2006
HPWREN Enables SDSU Research Team to Conduct Bioacoustics Studies at California Wolf Center

For the past year San Diego State University researchers Marie Roch and Deborah Curless have been gathering and analyzing data in collaboration with the California Wolf Center - thanks to bioacoustic sensors connected via HPWREN.

CWC distance ed May 9, 2006
Distance Education Experiments at the California Wolf Center via HPWREN

As part of the California Wolf Center's education mission, multiple experiments in support of distance education were undertaken, with an objective to evaluate the results and usability of the technology that had been used.

Dan Cayan April 18, 2006
HPWREN Enables Real time Monitoring of Coastal-Interior Microclimates

Using HPWREN and the San Diego State University Biological Field Station Programs' Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER) "Intra-SMER" wireless network, real time weather data is being collected from an array of weather stations that cover several different microclimates in SMER.

Spring and Kelcey April 6, 2006
SDSU Field Station Programs Utilize HPWREN for data communications at their Fallbrook Art of the Flower Festival exhibit

The SDSU Wildfire Alert Education Team participated in Fallbrook's Art of the Flower Festival on April 2. HPWREN provided Internet connectivity to the SDSU Field Station Programs' booth via an ad-hoc wireless network created using 2.4GHz Ethernet radios.

Bud Hale March 27, 2006
Blackbeard's successor: Bud Hale

After a long run with the High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network, we're passing one of our Senior High Performers on to new adventures. At about 72 years of age, Bud Hale has decided to take a position with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, working on systems support on the ocean going research vessels that sail out of Point Loma.

Surface Current Map March 10, 2006
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) utilizes HPWREN for long haul data communication links

The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) aims to synthesize observations into products that will provide a scientific basis for improving evaluation, management and guardianship of the ocean environment and its resources. Present SCCOOS locations at Point Loma and Coronado Islands are utilizing the HPWREN network to UCSD in order to transmit surface current measurements.

SMER TCS3 January 11, 2006
SDSU's Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve backbone receives substantial facelift

The SMER data communications backbone was recently upgraded to high-performance 5.8GHz radios in support of the about 4500 acre ecological reserve.

PLC January 10, 2006
CDF Puerta La Cruz connects to HPWREN for Camp and ICP support

A new HPWREN connection was completed in December 2005 to provide high speed data connectivity in support of firefighting activities of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) at the Puerta La Cruz CDF camp in the northeastern part of San Diego County.

BDC January 9, 2006
Deep Canyon Desert Research Center establishes networked cameras and a Mobile Observation Unit

The Deep Canyon Desert Research Center, part of the University of California Natural Reserve System activities, has added network cameras at Agave Hill and a waterhole for remote observations, as well as a Mobile Observation Unit.

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