I've been playing around with meshtastic recently, using three lilygo t-beam units. So far, performance has been impressive. Further testing is needed, but I'm inclined to set up a dedicated solar powered base station that can be co-located with the KL7AA-10 digipeater. This site would provide coverage of the entirety of the Anchorage bowl, at minimum, with the potential to reach south as far as Kenai/Soldotna. I don't know if nodes would need to be utilizing the same encryption key or range settings in order make use of a hypothetical repeater, but it's an intriguing possibility.