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Amateur radio software via synaptic package manager etc.

Richard Ferryman
 

I am running Raspbian with the latest firmware and software updates as they come along. I have WSPR 3.0.1 compiled and running reliably with full CAT control and internet access.

I have tried installing several applications using synaptic package manager (if you don't have it get it "sudo apt-get install synaptic"). The amateur radio section of the package list is quite large and I have tried several of them:-

gpredict works very well.

fldigi works but cpu is maxed out on all modes except wefax. I can't get good decodes of PSK31 with fldigi using portaudio although they are clearly on the waterfall but decodes work and CPU load seems lower if I install pulseaudio to handle the USB sound card. Cat control via hamlib works fine.

WSJT as installed by synaptic or apt-get does not work. I have download the code as recommended by Joe K1JT but get a load of errors during make and it does not run. This may be due to me using gfortran instead of G95 which I don't have.

I have installed some other psk31 and QRSS packages such as glfer, gmfsk, gpsk31 and phaseshift but these mostly expect a device at /dev/dsp which is not set up on the Raspberry Pi.

It seems that not all amateur radio software that uses the sound device for input handle audio the same way. Some require portaudio, alsa, labjack, or OSS and this becomes a minefield with which I am not very experienced! It is also almost essential to alter /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf to allow the external USB sound device to be grabbed first. I have yet to find any USB sound card that works perfectly although cheap devices using the CM119 chip seem to be the most reliable.

One lesson that I have learned is not to use USB->RS-232 adapters. I tried most variants and all were unreliable (although this has improved with the latest RPi firmware). I finally used the UART /dev/ttyAMA0 which comes out as 3.3V logic levels on the GPIO connector. This is utterly reliable for CAT control or connected to a TNC or GPS via a MAX3232 chip interface.

There is a lot of other stuff in the repositories and elsewhere but I have tended to look mostly at low speed data modes using sound input.

I'm not sure what is getting most of my attention these days - the raspberry pi or the new puppy but the XYL says it is not her!

Dick G4BBH


Re: Database of RPi Ham Radio Applications

Kutche, Jerry (Mitchell) USA <JKutche@...>
 

Sounds great to me...
 
 
 

From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of n6ws
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 6:26 PM
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Database of RPi Ham Radio Applications

 

All,

I'm new to the group, but I would like to suggest beginning a database of ham radio applications for the Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO Group. The database could contain information on various applications that have successfully or unsuccessfully been ported to or installed on the Raspberry Pi platform.

Application - Name of the application
Type - A descriptor of the application (Satellite, RTTY, JT65, etc.)
Website - URL of the application
OS - Flavor of OS & Version (Debian Wheezy, Android 4.0, Arch 13-06-2012)
RPi - Version of board (B-256, B-512, C-1G, etc)
Successful - Yes, No (Successfulness of installation)
Members - Members having installed application
Additional Instructions - URL for RPi installation instructions
General Information - General information

Would the group members find this information useful?

73, Bill
N6WS


Re: Introduction

danny garvin
 

Hi all
  I just joined the group as well I ordered my RP from Allied on 7/3 and just got it this morning. Can't wait to start playing with it.
73 Danny WB9RIM

From: Javier Henderson
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 8:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

On Aug 27, 2012, at 9:32 AM, kd6oat <mailto:kd6oat%40gmail.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi everyone. I ordered my RPi from Allied Electronics in June and was told it would "despatch" within 11 weeks. I hope it is sooner than that.

Seems that for those of us in the USA, Newark/Element14 is the best choice. I ordered mine on August 5th, and got it the following week. I've been running a tx igate with it, plus a TNC-X, for a couple of weeks now, and quite happy with it.

73,
-jav k4jh




Re: Introduction

Javier Henderson
 

On Aug 27, 2012, at 9:32 AM, kd6oat <kd6oat@...> wrote:



Hi everyone. I ordered my RPi from Allied Electronics in June and was told it would "despatch" within 11 weeks. I hope it is sooner than that.
Seems that for those of us in the USA, Newark/Element14 is the best choice. I ordered mine on August 5th, and got it the following week. I've been running a tx igate with it, plus a TNC-X, for a couple of weeks now, and quite happy with it.

73,
-jav k4jh


Introduction

K Adlam
 

Hi everyone. I ordered my RPi from Allied Electronics in June and was told it would "despatch" within 11 weeks. I hope it is sooner than that. Anyway, I envision first trying to set it up to run jnos on linux. Currently, I use Ubuntu 12.04. So far, it appears this forum has some really good experience on board and should serve as a valuable resource. 73 ~ Ken


Re: Introduction

Kutche, Jerry (Mitchell) USA <JKutche@...>
 

I ordered mine from Element14  (Newark) Not sure what shipping would cost you...
 
www.newark.com search Raspberry Pi...
 
 
 

Jerry


Re: Introduction

John Wiseman
 

Ok, Paula.

 

I’m building a version of the TNC-X that uses the pi i2c bus instead of a serial port, so I’ve had to learn PIC assembler. At least the instruction set is simpler than the 80x86!

73, John

 

 

 

 


From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Paula
Sent: 27 August 2012 12:53
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

 

Hi John,

 

I assumed the likes of Farnell and CPC were still trade-only, so I was thinking I might have trouble getting anyone to sell to me.

 

No I don't fancy learning another machine language at my age so it'll be strictly "C", and I'll use as many of the existing hooks as possible. No point in reinventing the wheel if the wheel works ;-)

 

Something else to swallow up my time, lol!

 

73, Paula

----- Original Message -----

From: John Wiseman

Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 7:05 AM

Subject: RE: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

Hi Paula,

 

About a month ago I ordered one from Farnell, and despite being quoted 6 weeks it arrived in two days. This may have been a fluke, but the waiting list seems to be disappearing..

 

If your ax.25 code (like mine) is largely in assembler, then porting to the pi won’t be easy, but C shouldn’t present too many problems. But linux already has ax.25 and Netrom stacks, so you can take the higher level stuff, and hook it into the existing stacks.

 

73, John G8BPQ

 


From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Paula
Sent: 26 August 2012 23:11
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

 

Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to
:-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and
SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power
hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP
repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of
this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and
Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give
me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big
waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Re: Introduction

Paula
 

Hi John,
 
I assumed the likes of Farnell and CPC were still trade-only, so I was thinking I might have trouble getting anyone to sell to me.
 
No I don't fancy learning another machine language at my age so it'll be strictly "C", and I'll use as many of the existing hooks as possible. No point in reinventing the wheel if the wheel works ;-)
 
Something else to swallow up my time, lol!
 
73, Paula

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 7:05 AM
Subject: RE: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

Hi Paula,

 

About a month ago I ordered one from Farnell, and despite being quoted 6 weeks it arrived in two days. This may have been a fluke, but the waiting list seems to be disappearing..

 

If your ax.25 code (like mine) is largely in assembler, then porting to the pi won’t be easy, but C shouldn’t present too many problems. But linux already has ax.25 and Netrom stacks, so you can take the higher level stuff, and hook it into the existing stacks.

 

73, John G8BPQ

 


From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Paula
Sent: 26 August 2012 23:11
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

 

Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to
:-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and
SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power
hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP
repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of
this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and
Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give
me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big
waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Re: Introduction

Paula
 


Hi John,
 
That's good news, I'd better get ordering :-)
 
73, Paula
 

----- Original Message -----
From: J FLETCHER
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2012 7:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

Hi Paula,
 
I ordered a Pi from CPC last Tuesday morning and it arrived the following day. They told me they'd had a delivery of 2000 the previous week and had 700 left. You may be lucky...
 
73,
 
John G4EDX
Nottingham

--- On Sun, 26/8/12, Paula <g8pzt@...> wrote:

From: Paula <g8pzt@...>
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Date: Sunday, 26 August, 2012, 23:11

 
Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to
:-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and
SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power
hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP
repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of
this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and
Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give
me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big
waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Re: Introduction

J FLETCHER
 

Hi Paula,
 
I ordered a Pi from CPC last Tuesday morning and it arrived the following day. They told me they'd had a delivery of 2000 the previous week and had 700 left. You may be lucky...
 
73,
 
John G4EDX
Nottingham


--- On Sun, 26/8/12, Paula wrote:

From: Paula
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Date: Sunday, 26 August, 2012, 23:11

 
Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to
:-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and
SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power
hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP
repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of
this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and
Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give
me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big
waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Re: Introduction

John Wiseman
 

Hi Paula,

 

About a month ago I ordered one from Farnell, and despite being quoted 6 weeks it arrived in two days. This may have been a fluke, but the waiting list seems to be disappearing..

 

If your ax.25 code (like mine) is largely in assembler, then porting to the pi won’t be easy, but C shouldn’t present too many problems. But linux already has ax.25 and Netrom stacks, so you can take the higher level stuff, and hook it into the existing stacks.

 

73, John G8BPQ

 


From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Paula
Sent: 26 August 2012 23:11
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 

 

Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to
:-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and
SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power
hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP
repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of
this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and
Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give
me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big
waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Self introduction

Michael Chen
 

Hi, everyone,

I am Michael. I live in Nanjing, China. Have been license since 1990,
active in HF DX/Contesting, Satellite, and EME. Experienced in
Linux/BSD and Java/C programming. It's interesting to play around with
Raspberry Pi.

Michael Chen, BD5RV/4
AMSAT-China: http://www.camsat.cn
-----------------------------------
Twitter: http://twitter.com/bd5rv
Email: michael.bd5rv@...
MSN: bd5rv@...
Skype: michael-bd5rv


Re: Introduction

MattB
 

Wonderful. I look forward to learning a lot from this group.

-Matt

--- In Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@..., wu3v@... wrote:

Matt et al, the existing ax25 utils are good but confusing, I am working on a simpler interface and hopefully can produce something useful in about a month. I am also planning to include a 44net option if possible.

Jim
af5ca



________________________________
From: MattB <mbrauer@...>
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 3:08 PM
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction


 
Hello, all.

I'm Matt, KC2O, from San Francisco, and I've been interested in developing a platform for a low-cost, low-power packet-based emcomm BBS system.

I have a fair bit of experience with PIC and Arduino-based projects, but neither of those seemed to be sophisticated enough to do what I think is needed. Combining RaspberryPi with a TNC-X (or customized equivalent) will be perfect.

(Incidentally, I just rebuilt the AX.25-including bootc kernel to support my wifi usb dongle, by following Dominique Gallot's excellent notes here: http://www.gallot.be/?p=150.)

While I have a fair bit of experience with Linux, I'm new to packet, and look forward to getting help from this group.

-Matt KC2O


Re: Yet Another Welcome message

 

Most of the distros come configured for UK English. The newer Raspbian system has a number of utilities in a startup menu that gets run on first boot. You can set the language and keyboard format then. It is callable once you have the system setup, but I am on Holiday this weekend throug tomorrow and don't have the reference handy. 

--
John D. Hays
206-801-0820

On Aug 26, 2012, at 15:29, "The Silver Fox" <alan.r.hill@...> wrote:

 

I am using a RF usb dongle for the keyboard and mouse.  The mouse works but the keyboard is problematic.  I replaced it with a hard wired keyboard and mouse and had no problems other than the default keyboard definitions were not good mappings for all my keys.  I tried several of the installed mappings and found only a couple really mapped well even though they claimed to support my keyboard makers.  I probably have the RPI powered by more than 5.0 volts and that may be why I am not seeing issues with USB.  Soon I will plug in my USB sound dongle and see what happens.

Cheers,

Alan – W6ARH

 

http://mobokits.stormwarning.org/

http://wb6dhw.com/For_Sale.html

 

 

 

From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Jerome K
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 2:47 PM
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Yet Another Welcome message

 

 

The new members has been growing rapidly...

I try to check several times a day to approve if you know anyone who believes they have waited too long pop me an PM here...

I wanted to drop a hint and others are welcome to do same..

Todays Hint for anyone new to the RPi... Never plug anything into the USB portthat draws more then 100mA or any combination... Use a POWERED HUB instead.. You should also go here and check the Peripheral Compatability list... www.raspberrypi.org

Happy experimentation to everyone...

73 Jerry N9LYA

PS I am looking to use my 4Pi as Ham Radio tools. Like Nodes, possibly even some RF Networking linking... anything that can be imagined.. I would even consider owning a dozen or so of these if I could do some really cool things.. The RPi sounds like its only limitations will be the imagination..

Anyone needed a SD card Imaged for their Raspberry... I would be glad to do so just for return shipping charges... I use USPS Priority Mail. There is software available for anyone wishing to do so themselves.. Some is Linux Based another (the one I used is Windows Based. I did it and I did not know the first thing about it... That same info can befound on the Above websites download page.


Re: Yet Another Welcome message

Silverfox
 

I am using a RF usb dongle for the keyboard and mouse.  The mouse works but the keyboard is problematic.  I replaced it with a hard wired keyboard and mouse and had no problems other than the default keyboard definitions were not good mappings for all my keys.  I tried several of the installed mappings and found only a couple really mapped well even though they claimed to support my keyboard makers.  I probably have the RPI powered by more than 5.0 volts and that may be why I am not seeing issues with USB.  Soon I will plug in my USB sound dongle and see what happens.

Cheers,

Alan – W6ARH

 

http://mobokits.stormwarning.org/

http://wb6dhw.com/For_Sale.html

 

 

 

From: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@... [mailto:Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...] On Behalf Of Jerome K
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 2:47 PM
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Yet Another Welcome message

 

 

The new members has been growing rapidly...

I try to check several times a day to approve if you know anyone who believes they have waited too long pop me an PM here...

I wanted to drop a hint and others are welcome to do same..

Todays Hint for anyone new to the RPi... Never plug anything into the USB portthat draws more then 100mA or any combination... Use a POWERED HUB instead.. You should also go here and check the Peripheral Compatability list... www.raspberrypi.org

Happy experimentation to everyone...

73 Jerry N9LYA

PS I am looking to use my 4Pi as Ham Radio tools. Like Nodes, possibly even some RF Networking linking... anything that can be imagined.. I would even consider owning a dozen or so of these if I could do some really cool things.. The RPi sounds like its only limitations will be the imagination..

Anyone needed a SD card Imaged for their Raspberry... I would be glad to do so just for return shipping charges... I use USPS Priority Mail. There is software available for anyone wishing to do so themselves.. Some is Linux Based another (the one I used is Windows Based. I did it and I did not know the first thing about it... That same info can befound on the Above websites download page.


Re: Introduction

wu3v@...
 

Matt et al, the existing ax25 utils are good but confusing, I am working on a simpler interface and hopefully can produce something useful in about a month. I am also planning to include a 44net option if possible.

Jim
af5ca



From: MattB
To: Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO@...
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2012 3:08 PM
Subject: [Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO] Introduction

 
Hello, all.

I'm Matt, KC2O, from San Francisco, and I've been interested in developing a platform for a low-cost, low-power packet-based emcomm BBS system.

I have a fair bit of experience with PIC and Arduino-based projects, but neither of those seemed to be sophisticated enough to do what I think is needed. Combining RaspberryPi with a TNC-X (or customized equivalent) will be perfect.

(Incidentally, I just rebuilt the AX.25-including bootc kernel to support my wifi usb dongle, by following Dominique Gallot's excellent notes here: http://www.gallot.be/?p=150.)

While I have a fair bit of experience with Linux, I'm new to packet, and look forward to getting help from this group.

-Matt KC2O




Database of RPi Ham Radio Applications

n6ws
 

All,

I'm new to the group, but I would like to suggest beginning a database of ham radio applications for the Raspberry_Pi_4-Ham_RADIO Group. The database could contain information on various applications that have successfully or unsuccessfully been ported to or installed on the Raspberry Pi platform.

Application - Name of the application
Type - A descriptor of the application (Satellite, RTTY, JT65, etc.)
Website - URL of the application
OS - Flavor of OS & Version (Debian Wheezy, Android 4.0, Arch 13-06-2012)
RPi - Version of board (B-256, B-512, C-1G, etc)
Successful - Yes, No (Successfulness of installation)
Members - Members having installed application
Additional Instructions - URL for RPi installation instructions
General Information - General information

Would the group members find this information useful?

73, Bill
N6WS


Introduction

Paula
 

Hi all, I'm Paula G8PZT and I don't yet own a Pi but would very much like to :-)

My interest is in writing software for data-over-radio networking, VOIP, and SDR. Also have emcomms in the back of my mind.

I am hoping to port my applications to the Pi, so I can junk the power hungry and space wasting PC's that power my packet systems and VOIP repeater. I'd also like to develop new applications to take advantage of this exciting little device.

I have very little experience of Linux, being mainly a spare-time DOS and Windows programmer (asm/c/c++), but I'm hoping this device will finally give me the push I needed to get my apps ported to Linux.

Now I just need to buy one, or more... ;-) [I was told there was a big waiting list, so I waited for the rush to die down]

73, Paula


Yet Another Welcome message

Jerome K <JKutche@...>
 

The new members has been growing rapidly...

I try to check several times a day to approve if you know anyone who believes they have waited too long pop me an PM here...

I wanted to drop a hint and others are welcome to do same..

Todays Hint for anyone new to the RPi... Never plug anything into the USB portthat draws more then 100mA or any combination... Use a POWERED HUB instead.. You should also go here and check the Peripheral Compatability list... www.raspberrypi.org

Happy experimentation to everyone...

73 Jerry N9LYA


PS I am looking to use my 4Pi as Ham Radio tools. Like Nodes, possibly even some RF Networking linking... anything that can be imagined.. I would even consider owning a dozen or so of these if I could do some really cool things.. The RPi sounds like its only limitations will be the imagination..

Anyone needed a SD card Imaged for their Raspberry... I would be glad to do so just for return shipping charges... I use USPS Priority Mail. There is software available for anyone wishing to do so themselves.. Some is Linux Based another (the one I used is Windows Based. I did it and I did not know the first thing about it... That same info can befound on the Above websites download page.


Introduction

MattB
 

Hello, all.

I'm Matt, KC2O, from San Francisco, and I've been interested in developing a platform for a low-cost, low-power packet-based emcomm BBS system.

I have a fair bit of experience with PIC and Arduino-based projects, but neither of those seemed to be sophisticated enough to do what I think is needed. Combining RaspberryPi with a TNC-X (or customized equivalent) will be perfect.

(Incidentally, I just rebuilt the AX.25-including bootc kernel to support my wifi usb dongle, by following Dominique Gallot's excellent notes here: http://www.gallot.be/?p=150.)

While I have a fair bit of experience with Linux, I'm new to packet, and look forward to getting help from this group.

-Matt KC2O