Tuesday, November 12, 2013

145.01 MHz: Monday Night Packet Net @ 7pm / AE5ME-15 BPQ CHAT

Tulsa Digital Radio Club invites all amateurs to participate in the Monday Night Packet Net at 7p prior to the BAARC Monday Night Net.
You'll want to connect your packet station to AE5ME-15 (Jeff's house). Use the AE5ME-7 node (on the Hill) or the KW5M-7 node in Oneta if need be.
Once your connected to AE5ME-15, you can give the command
to enter the chat room where the net will take place. You may be prompted for your name and location.
If you make a mistake or hit ENTER by accident, no worries, there are commands to fix that.
You get a list of active users and start seeing some chatter at 7pm or shortly after.
To make a comment, just type and hit ENTER. I hit ENTER every 40 characters or so. Think of a manual typewriter (no word wrap or auto line feed ;)
There isn't really a CONVERSE mode and a COMMAND mode in the chat room. Everything you type is considered comments for the net except that you preface commands to the CHAT server with a slash like this: /
/q Broken Arrow, OK EM26
... to fix your location.
/n Scott
... to fix your name
... to get help
... time-date stamp
... to see if you are alone
... to go home (disconnect and return to TNC command prompt)

Feel free to join in the fun or practice logging in and out of the server during an "off peak" time. Maybe you'll me in there. Say Hello."
Next Up: We chat with some DX stations. 73 Scott

area (Broken Arrow / Oneta) nodes

There are atleast a couple good nodes in the Broken Arrow area.

If you find that you can't get a good connection to a given station, try using a node.

For example, maybe KD5NJR can't hit AE5QL directly. But he can do a
c ae5me-7
and once he is connected to Jeff's node (at Chapel on the Hill) Scott could do a
c ae5ql-1
to get connected to Mike per usual.

Nodes are a more efficient method of hopping along from one ham station to another to get to a station beyond your line of sight. Not too much unlike using the digipeater function built into TNCs. However, the nodes use a streamlined handshaking process, so node-hopping works better than digipeating if you are going to need more than a couple hops to get to your destination.

Out in Oneta, Wayne has made the KW5M-7 node available. Both nodes can accept multiple simultaneous users. Use the one you hear the best and takes you where you want to go. When connected to a node, try the command
n l
to see a table of other nodes you could hop to next, or
to see stations heard by the node you're presently connected to, try
j l

Next up : speaking of destinations, we have an interesting "server" available to us (ae5me-15) in the Broken Arrow area, that provides BBS and CHAT applications. More in this to follow !

Questions ? Comments ? Lemme know, Scott, kd5njr@gmail.com


KD5NJR in Broken Arrow (about 2 miles due south of "downtown") is a
  • TNC : Kantronics KPC-3 ( "personal" mailbox kd5njr-1 active)
  • USB to Serial Adapter
  • Raspberry Pi (with misc. USB hubs, keyboard, mouse, wifi dongle)
  • old (analog) TV for a "console"
  • FT-817 as a temporary 2m transceiver
  • a 2m mobile antenna sitting up in the attic
    (again, something of a temporary situation)
I put this mess out in the garage where it would be "out of sight, out of mind". I access it from a laptop in the house via wifi. Works well. I use TightVNCServer and minicom on the Pi and RealVNCViewer on the WindowsXP laptop.

Next up: (several ?) brief spiel(s) of what's going on at Jeff's (AE5ME).

Let me know how you have your station set up, and we'll make a mention of it.

Questions ? Comments ? Lemme know, Scott, kd5njr@gmail.com

Hello World

Test message.
Please feel free to use the Tulsa Digital Radio Club packet infrastructure.
Watch this place for news, tips and hints to using the AE5ME-15 packet system and packet in general in the Tulsa / Broken Arrow, OK area.