The TNC-Pi from W2FS is no longer available since he
has retired and closed his business. MFJ is supposed
to be soon selling a new TNC board John designed,
but they are slowed in getting this done due to the
The WVARC is selling the TNC-Pi9k6 which is a
drop-in replacement for the TNC-Pi and also
has 9600 baud capability. Their project is at https://www.wvcarc.com/p/tnc-96k-resources.html
You can get to their online store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/WVCARC
where you can buy the TNC as a kit or assembled. The
assembled price of $87 is pretty good and I doubt
the TNC-Pi from MFJ will be much less.
Direwolf on the Raspberry Pi works, but it has a
problem with locking up if left running for several
days, which requires a reboot to fix. If this
doesn't bother you, Direwolf works just fine.
I prefer hardware solutions when they are available,
but that is just me. One less thing to worry about.
Check out John Wiseman's linbpq on the Raspberry Pi
for a great BBS solution. http://www.cantab.net/users/john.wiseman/Documents/index.html
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, 02:57:29 AM CDT, Vincent
Hi everyone, my first post here.
I have been toying with the idea of setting up a
Raspberry pi based BBS system for a very small
number of users ( 2 to 5) at slow speeds (1200 and
less). I have been away from Ham radio especially
packet for years and I can now see that there is a
move away from hardware TNC's to software modems.
After a little bit of searching I found TNC board
from W2FS, the TNC Pi.
I wonder if I may ask a newbee question: is there
anything to be gained or lost choosing a box TNC
over a software solution maybe like Direwolf ?