On Saturday April 6, 2013, the first PittMesh node’s hardware was mounted. Along with help from numerous individuals from Hack Pittsburgh and Meta Mesh LLC, we were able to send and receive data from the 5GHz directional antenna across the Monongahela river to a Macbook Pro at street level with no antenna at a speed of 13Mb/s at a range of nearly 1 mile. We also mounted a 12 dBi 2.4GHz omnidirectional antenna servicing a block or more of the Hill District. This is the culmination of 2 years of hobbyist-turned-part-time obsession of mine. In the following weeks and months, we will be redesigning www.MetaMesh.org, refining our networking protocols and designing the PittMesh network along with preparing useful and interesting services that can be reached via the mesh network. The network range can be even greater than initially anticipated and we are now ready to begin looking at new locations and investors in hardware for the next set of nodes. Many thanks to Colin, Pat C and Pat D, Jeff, Gene, Jon, and Chad for their assistance. I look forward to more networking adventures with you in the near future.