Like most websites, I'd like to use an analytics cookie to understand anonymous data about you and your browser. Is that OK? The ultimate objective is to use WinLink Express with our local Raynet group.
If some of this mundane, routine traffic could be moved onto an email network, the voice net would then be clearer for any less routine message exchange, and also should decrease the probability of mistakes caused by mis-hearing numbers. It should also help the Control station with information management. WinLink provides a mechanism for email without any internet requirement. This is useful because, whilst we could set up wide area WiFi, long-distance WiFi tends to be based on point-to-point links rather than an omnidirectional service to cover an area.
Thus, we can have email access over several miles of course, independent of any cellular coverage. It supported many modes, including AX. It has been sitting in my garage ever since awaiting a project. Getting mine working proved to be a slightly complex exercise, having to piece together bits of information scattered around the internet and a lot of head-scratching, so this slightly long, technical, post explains what I did….
The unit was dead on initial power-on, which I soon traced to the glass 1A fuse on the circuit board. PuTTy will default to baud, 8 bit words and no parity, so you need to be careful to set the right thing or you may not see anything on your screen, or you may see gibberish. Never mind, though, we have a start.
I built the lead, tuned the radio to Absolutely nothing was received by the TNC, judging by the lights on the front. Was it my soldering?
Another cable fault? At this point I became suspicious as all the other writeups I could find online showed people using the pin full-size DIN accessory output from therather than the 6-pin mini-DIN data output. The pinout for this is as follows:. Once the leads were made up, I could tune to We have progress! This will allow you to connect to the PK using the more normal 8 bit word length and no parity for the serial connection. The only way to guarantee a reset of the PK is to remove jumper J1 behind the battery on the circuit board for a minute or so, to ensure the memory is cleared.
This again caused wasted time. The port configuration you need is:. That looked familiar. Of course today a firmware upgrade normally means a free download off a website, put a USB cable into some equipment, and press some magic button to upload the new firmware to an EEPROM where the first two Es stand for Electronically Erasable.
Not so in the s. An upgrade meant buying a new chip and installing it onto the circuit board. Be aware that you can only use the latest firmware on a PK with a serial number over about 45, or an earlier model with the mailbox daughter board ie. Mine has a serial number of 23,ish but with the daughter board installed, so I was OK.
You want to put the v7. Pull out jumper J1 just behind the batterywait a minute and then replace it to ensure the memory is clear. Success at first… I could call a station using Winlink Express and, when the call happened, the radio went into transmit mode and transmitted something.
But nothing was ever received. I again turned to sniffing the COM port traffic and noticed that there was never even an attempt by host computer to read from the serial line. This also matched what I could see if I connected to the PK with PuTTy immediately after Winlink: the read buffer would immediately be printed out onscreen as soon as PuTTy connected, so the replies were just being stored on the PK and not being forwarded to the computer.
What exactly did it do?Why build an IGate? There are two fundamental parts of the APRS network that enable communications beyond simple peer-to-peer transmissions. They are Digipeaters and IGates.
Digipeaters are just like normal voice repeaters in that when they hear traffic, they rebroadcast it with a little more antenna height and usually a little more power. Thus, they increase the range of the original transmission. As a result, too many Digipeaters, too close together can be an issue. This one frequency would quickly reach saturation if everyone setup digipeaters at their homes. IGates, on the other hand, are a different story. A radio with a power supply. This could be a mobile or base station radio hooked to a power supply or it could be as simple as a HT left in its charging cradle.
A Terminal Node Controller. A computer and APRS software. This computer will also need always on internet access. Power up the radio and tune it to If you find yourself elsewhere in the world, check APRS. On an Android tablet or smartphone, download the Mobilinkd configuration tool from Mobilinkd.
Run the Mobilinkd configuration utility. Click connect. The tablet or smartphone and the TNC should now be connected. Wait for an APRS packet to be received by your radio and watch the sound input level in the configuration utility.
If the sound meter registers too weak or too strong, adjust the volume on your radio accordingly. You can also upair the TNC from your mobile device. Create a folder for the program on your computer and unzip your download to this destination. Client configuration will come up first. The callsign is your amateur radio callsign. The SSID is an additional identifier that helps differentiate different stations that you may own. For example, your IGate versus your mobile rig.No problem.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that getting started is not only relatively straight forward, but also easy on the wallet.
The above setup is not going to be the most optimal setup available, however it is cheap, quick, and easy. Due to the less than desirable receiving and transmitting qualities of a Baofeng, especially with the stock antenna, your range and APRS usefulness will be limited.
This dramatically increases the quality of the overall setup, however, I am still limited by the low overall power of the Baofeng radio. If you are not working directly on your RaspberryPi and instead need to SSH into it over your at home network, go ahead and do that.
Run the following commands:. Lets remove pulseaudio from the system if its installed by default. Although it works fine on most systems, it does not play well with ARM based devices such as the RaspberryPi.
If pulseaudio is in fact installed, no worries. To do so, simply issue the following command:. Visiting the Direwolf GitHub pagewe can begin following the published instructions. Hang tight. We must now determine what your audio playback devices are for the Direwolf configuration. With your USB sound card plugged in, you can now issue the following command:. To view your audio capture devices, which will be on the same USB soundcard, issue the following command:.
Your output in the terminal should show the following.
Since the RaspberryPi does not have a built-in capture device, the only device shown should be your USB soundcard. Now open up direwolf. The direwolf. We must edit a few items in this configuration file for our use. You will need to uncomment this line and enter the correct hardware device values that we found in the previous steps, which was card 1, device 0.
Change this line in direwolf.QRZ Forums. I want to be able to remotely check the weather at our mountain cabin. The cabin is kinda remote and has no utilities available except for electricity.How To: Set up APRS IGate (as seen on Ham Nation)
I am thinking about an APRS weather station. The cabin does have decent access to a 2 meter digipeater. First of all, is this legal?
I believe it is. And 2nd, what would I need to do it. Thanks, Brad. Hey Brad, I think I'm offended, tweeked and put-upon cranky face here. Here I am in the same town as you - having done exactly what you're talking about - and I find out about it here??!!?!
Doooood, pick up a phone or a mike - maybe even an email or something. Sheesh feel'n guilty yet? This is legal and very doable. There are about a half dozen different ways to do it. The easiest would be the most expensive, buying a ready made setup.
Here at the house I ran an LaCross WS station for awhile about 2 yearsit worked - but didn't last long. The cheaper kit doesn't hold up well. It has the ability to accept digital or analog inputs, parse them out and send 'em on their way. Look at the Davis or other "professional" grade weather sensors.
From there - easy peasy to the APRS infrastructure.The RV Journal. Since our APRS beacons are ported to the internet via receiving stations known as iGates, some APRS'ers have asked about the hardware and software requirements of setting up their own iGate. It is kinda cool to see where the packets from your own tracker have ported through your own iGate and out to the internet.
An iGate is a great option for an aviator that routinely flies in a local area with a sparse iGate population. But even if your local area has lots of repeaters, the addition of an iGate only enhances the quality of APRS coverage. An iGate doesn't require a lot of expense, just some sort of receiver, your computer with a broadband connection and soundcard, some free software, and an antenna.
Put everything together and get the software sorted out, and not only will you be able to see your aircraft tracker on the internet, but also your home-based iGate!
If you are reading this article when my iGate is running, you can hit this link to see it on the map. Here is my iGate station:. A Yaesu FT 2-meter mobile radio feeds audio into the sound card of my desktop. The mobile radio is powered by one of the old batteries out of the RV-6 which is keep charged by a wall wart Battery Tender.
Since the radio only receives as an iGate, there is practically no current draw or heat produced. The sound card actually the computer's onboard sound card serves as the packet modem for decoding the incoming beacons.
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However, any receiver that will pick up You just need a patch cable from the "speaker out" of the radio to "line in" on your sound card. Mapping isn't necessary just for feeding packets into the iGate but it does display the location of received stations. All this will start making sense as you work your way through the links. The iGate works very nicely and ports a lot of traffic to aprs. The addition of another cable or two between sound card and radio and a little software tweaking would give the station full digipeater capability.
But we have several digis in the area and I don't see a need to add another one. But supplying round-the-clock APRS support is just a matter of leaving the radio and computer running all the time. The iGate would probably serve most of my APRS needs by itself within miles of my home for enroute beacons.Forums New posts Search forums.
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Are you looking to just send locals to RF? I've asked this question elsewhere, and have received similar replies. I'm not stupid, and I know what I'm doing. I just don't know how to do it. It's not as easy as "hacking the xml" it takes coding in the program itself to set up the proper forwarding. The radio would never unkey, and if it did, it would rekey before any local RF stations could get a packet out.
Just because it's not the answer you want, will not change the answer. With the right filtering, it does not place much extra load on the network, and allows people that have a smart phone to beacon their locations. I have the filters set to only cover a very specific area, and it works very well.
I am only transmitting about 15 packets per minute. Seems to work well for us. W5BFF said:. I really don't want to run Linux in a VM to accomplish this task. K5MPH Member. You can do what you want to,you will need to switch over to UI-view in order to port out to Rf I simply want to know HOW I can. W9BU said:.Toggle navigation. Home Messages Hashtags. Search Cancel. Hashtags poll.
Return to Calendar Select Month and Year. Is there a mechanism to use the shapefiles that encompass count. I saw something in one post about running a development re. Don, Firstly: That sounds like it just might be worth investigating! I've been trying to figure OUT a way to get internet connectivity in MY detached shop bldg completely metallic building located a.
Sorry if this sounds negative but it is. I either ne. Hi everyone. I have successfully ran this setup as. Ok, to clear up some confusion before it gets worse. One is "Kill Station" and appears on the normal left button click on a station in the popup menu.
Hello, What should I be using for my digipeater path? Lynn, Please, Please provide some way to filter stations on RF.
I have tried sending polite. Ok, I have used filters in Direwolf but am trying it in aprsis32 for the first time. I entered two -b filters for two calls signs that involve pilots just swamping the area almost daily with 30 second. Right makes the map more opaque darker and left makes the map less opaque lighter.
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Hi All. May seem to be a weird question,But my cat walked across my keyboard I think. My map has disappeared and only one that will show up is a Lat.
I have looked and can not find my origi. This has the effect of making a d. Can someone please show me how to write the code for a filter to be able to turn off objects like winlink with a red diamond and W? Also black diamond with a D. Are you sure you wish to merge the topic '' into the topic ' Action '?
Cancel Yes. Messages More. I've been trying to figure OUT a way to get internet connectivity in MY detached shop bldg completely metallic building located a Don, Firstly: That sounds like it just might be worth investigating! RF Filter results Sorry if this sounds negative but it is. I either ne Sorry if this sounds negative but it is. Two way igate not working. I have successfully ran this setup as Hi everyone. Kill Object vs Kill Stations was: Filters 2 messages Ok, to clear up some confusion before it gets worse.