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Linux client for packet radio

2010-08-31 Leave a comment

Anyone know of a good packet radio client for Linux?  I’ve been using minicom to connect to my modem and then interfacing but I’d like something prettier.

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Amateur Radio in January’s LINUX Journal

2009-11-30 Leave a comment

I just received the January 2010 issue of LINUX Journal and was surprised to see a penguin with headphones, a microphone, and a amateur radio callsign!  Awesome!  There is a four page article which starts to show the relationship between open source software and amateur radio and how one can benefit from the other.  There are so many options for amateur radio operators within the Linux community and the price is definitely right…  free!

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Amateur Radio in next month’s Linux Journal

2009-11-06 Leave a comment
I just pulled down the December version of Linux Journal a couple of minutes ago.  I made it all the way to page 4 and read that next month’s issue would be on Amateur Radio (or at least some portion there of).  I’m excited to see that Amateur Radio and Open Source has been written about together because they do share so many similarities.  Amateur radio operators used to build all their equipment and help mentor each other on developing better communications stations.  Open source software is very similar to that.  While I might not build my transceivers, I do still build many of my antennas which is something I enjoy.  Amateur radio operators, also like OSS developers, are in it to help people and have some fun in the mean time.  Yep, Amateur Radio and OSS… a match made in heaven.
Categories: Amateur Radio

Back but not ready for Monday

2009-06-08 Leave a comment

I got back from Cary, NC last night around 6:30P. It was an exciting but extremely exhausting weekend. The Tour de Cure went off with only a few minor problems but none really related to the communications operation (which is what I’m in charge of). I was pretty excited when I couple of people stuck their head in to say “hi” to have them pause and say “wow, are you running Fedora?”. Yep, we Fedorians are all over the place.

Someone outside the race wanted to know how I was using Fedora during this event. Amateur radio provides the communications between all the rest stops along the route (100 miles each day) and between the Support-and-Gear vehicles (SAGs). We relay position reports of where riders are, provide that initial emergency support, and handle logistics. There is a system in the amateur radio world called APRS (Automatic Position/Packet Reporting System) which transmits the position of the SAGs and also allows messaging. Thanks to the Amateur Radio SIG, many useful pieces of software have been packaged for Fedora. Xastir is my top pick for APRS. So with Xastir running on Fedora (a perfect match) I’m able to actually see where the SAGs are and comunicate with them via typed message, both of which reduces voice communications and improves efficiency.

So with another event under my belt I have a couple of months before the “Ride Without Limits” is upon us. This time a figure-8 in the Wake Forest area. Maybe I’ll remember that I should probably stay in NC for an extra day to help myself recover. Alas, I didn’t do that this time and I have to get ready to head in for a 9AM meeting.

Categories: Amateur Radio, stuff

ADA Tour de Cure this weekend.

2009-06-05 Leave a comment

I’ll be leaving around noon tomorrow (EDT) for Raleigh, NC. This is the weekend for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure of which I’ve volunteered for via Carolina Helping Hams for going on ten years now. This is an excellent event where bicyclists ride either 80 or 100 miles on Saturday and roughly the same on Sunday all in an effort to raise money to help researchers do what they need to do to get rid of this horrible disease. Diabetes hits really close to home as my Dad had it and my sister-in-law has it so I’d like nothing more than to find a cure.

I’ve loaded up my Fedora laptop with some open-source goodness that will help me manage all the resources I’ll be managing coordinating during the event. Now all I have to do is hope for sunny skies and no rain!

Categories: Amateur Radio, stuff

fldigi Up and Operational on F9

2008-02-23 Leave a comment

Well I was adventurous today and installed fldigi (a new Fedora packaged piece of software for Amateur Radio operators) on my test box that is running Fedora 9 Alpha. Worked great! Thanks Bob for working to get all these pieces of software identified and in Fedora.

Categories: Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio: Terminal Program

2008-02-02 1 comment

So I have been looking for a simple “terminal” program to run that will allow me to interface to my terminal node controller (TNC) that I use for packet on Amateur Radio. I’ve found two programs that work but each of them has some crazy side effects that limit their usefulness. Here is what I’ve found:

  • Minicom – Minicom is a great little program that runs from the CLI and provides a simple interface to the TNC so I can interface directly with the device. It has problems, though. If you resize the screen you loose everything that was on your screen at the time. This is really annoying as I only resize the screen because of something ON the screen that I can’t read. Here’s the other kicker… if you operate in full-screen mode and you need to copy text from the window it includes all of the space behind the text to the edge of the window as spaces. So I have to limit my window if I want to copy something just so I don’t have to remove the spaces by hand next time.
  • Screen – I have been a Screen user since I started seriously using Linux so I was very surprised when I found out that you could simply ‘screen /dev/ttyS0 19200’ to interface with whatever is on your Serial 0 port at 19200 baud. Pretty cool and it doesn’t have the same problems as Minicom. The problem it does have is that it isn’t sending the correct characters to the device. You can’t backspace and you confuse it a great deal if you accidentally hit an arrow key or something like that. Being that you can’t backspace, and thus delete any mistakes you may have made, it really limits the usefulness of the software.

I’m sure there are fixes for each of these problems but I’ve yet to come across it. Maybe someone else has another solution?

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