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Post by g7vja on Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:21 pm

Hi Duncan
Changes are a foot
i have had to shut my g7vja-5 xr32 down for a while.
need to sort out a port problem first.
with a lot of help from Paul G4APL we have installed Uronode & LinFBB on the same linux Mint PC.
the 3600 chat port was clashing with the programs,only way around it is to maybe change the xr32 3600 to 3601 or something that will suit you better.
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Post by g4mki on Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:45 pm

Hi Kenny,
There is no problem with me, just let me know which port number to use for Chat.
I looked at Uronode some time back but concluded that my knowledge of linux wasn't up to it! I know Paul runs it on a Pi....
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Post by g4mki on Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:34 am

Hi Kenny,
I have been a little preoccupied with IC-706MkIIG problems. Fraser thought initially that my PA driver had failed so he changed it but that was not the problem. After a lot of checking around he traced the problem to a dry joint. Thinking he had solved the problem I took the rig home and discovered that there was still no RF output when my SignaLink was connected to the ACC socket at the back of the set. There was also a problem with the DATA jack which meant that I could not connect to a pi as a backup when the pmr rig went down.
In desperation, Fraser came round with some test gear and another 706MkIIG he had been testing.
As soon as I connected my SignaLink to the spare rig everything worked as it should. There was still a problem with my rig!
Fraser took my rig away again with my spare ACC pre wired test DIN so that he could feed audio into the ACC socket. Within an hour he discovered the problem.
The PA driver voltage had changed/drifted outside its operating limits. Once reset
all was fine and dandy.
So today, for the first time in 3 weeks, I have been able to get back on air with JT65.

Whilst all of this has been going on I nearly ordered a new rig...IC-7300 as I was beginning to think the 706 had reached the end of its useful life. Bur Fraser said don't as he can keep it running for a while yet and it is basically one of Icom's better ones.
Dry joints...usually involving lead free solders are the bain of Fraser's life. He put the faulty joint under a microscope and took a photograph to show me...he keeps a photographic record of all his repairs. A hair line crack barely visible to the naked eye. Lead solders used to creep enough to withstand thermal expansion and contraction. He also did the fan mod whilst he was at it to keep the fan running during RX to help keep the PA temperature down. The IC-706 does get hot during prolonged operation, and is well known for it. The somewhat higher than usual ambient temperature hasn't helped.

Apparently Icom have been forced to come up with a new line of SDR rigs as many of the components in their old models contain titanium, which has now been declared a carcinogen world-wide. Therefore, relacement components, particularly IC's and transistors will no longer be manufactured. The only way repairs can be carried out is through the use of existing stocks of components, held in workshops, or caniballisation. Once they run out a line will be drawn.
Presumably Kenwood and Yaesu will have the same problems.
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Post by g4mki on Fri Aug 26, 2016 12:42 am

Hi Kenny,
Been wondering whether Fraser actually said titanium as from memory both my mother's replacement hip joints were supposed to be made from the stuff......she did die from cancer but I doubt if titanium was the root cause ...
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Re: General Chat

Post by g7vja on Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:29 am

Hi Duncan
OK on the IC-706Mk11G,keep it going as long as possible.
my old Trio TR7930 has a dry joint,i just wiggle the volume until i hear some noise.
the FT 5200 is still plodding along,i use it purely for Aprs,and my Icom 910X
i use for voice & data,the data interface is switchable between my FT920 & Icom910X

re the g7vja-5 xr32 3600 port change
i have set mine to 3601

today Paul g4apl spent hours setting up my Uronode & LinFBB
it was all done via remote connection.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:20 pm

Hi Kenny,
just about to change my chat port to 3601..I can't see any problem with that.
I've got a dodgy volume control on the old IC-701 Fraser decided to use it to monitor my 706MkIIG when he came round and suggested that he should have brought his oil can with him. He did offer to rebuild me a new dual gang pot to replace it not so long ago but I didn't remind him! It is a dual control for RF and AF gain...I get around the problem wearing headphones with the vol wound back.

Uronode is beyond me..I tried to set it up but could not fathom the instructions!
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Re: General Chat

Post by g7vja on Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:04 pm

Hi Duncan
As you know i now have Uronode & Linfbb working (lots of help from Paul G4APL)
now i need it testing if you could oblige.
the Uronode uses the same IP Address as my Winfbb bbs.only difference is the port number,uronode is on 6301
login with the same user & password you use to access GB7COW Winfbb
if you can remember what you used.
once login into uronode just type bbs
when you discon from the bbs you are taken back to the uronode prompt
were you can look around some of the features or disconnect.
uronode is better than xr32 in that it has more features

the LinFBB BBS is again same IP Address and is using port 6303
login with your gb7cow user & password

if you spot any teething problems drop me an SP on that BBS or on Datamodes
Cheers & Beers & a Bag of Crisps

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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:33 pm

Hi Kenny,
I have been playing around with your new Uronode system c hland from hbxr32 takes me straight in. Can connect to the BBS, CONV (back to Paul), and DX...all working fine.

I have been toying with the idea of having another go at installing Uronode myself but will need to change my ip allocation at the portal first. At the moment, I am /32 and need to be /30 to run an additional system. It looks as though I will need to go via Paul as I  can't edit my entry on the portal site.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g7vja on Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:22 pm

Hi Duncan
If you send Paul a packet message,he will more than likely setup Uronode for you
and sort out the Ampnet side.
my uronode and linfbb are both setup for conection via my 44.131.210.5 address
Paul use a program called Teamviewer too remote access your Pi using two terminals in root.
worth asking him,it a good program.highly recommend it.
i am thinking now of digging XR32 and stick with Uronode.

on my Uronode there is access to two DXClusters.
and i now have a link with Ken G7OAH in Cornwall who has just started on Uronode as well (Paul installed it for him)
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:33 pm

Hi Kenny,
Re: Uronode: There is much more online help available now, including the installation notes on Paul's website, so will try that first. When I followed your Uronode DXcluster link, it took me to G7OAH's dx spider and I could see that MYDXC was still active at HART. I went there first and subsequently found HLAND in your nodes listing. Aha, I thought, must be Kenny's new bag of crisps,  lol! so I tried it! Wasn't sure after yesterday's message that it would all be up and running. I must say that it is very fast, no problem with the password!  cheers
I have sent a note to Chris re my ip allocation, as he is responsible for the portal lists, explaining what I want to do. I have no doubt that he will liase with Paul, although he's got me down as the co-ordinator. I have no doubt that I will receive an email from one or both in the next few days. I just need an extra IP address, presumably in the 44.131.255.xxx series, but I don't want to be greedy! Anything in the same regional subnet will do.
I have probably already got a version of the Uronode software on an SD card with wheezy, but I will probably start afresh watching the version numbers as there seem to be a few problems with some of the versions of wheezy.
I tried to get to Paula's website recently to delve into her xr32 router notes, and found that I couldn't connect to it...is she still 'active'?
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Re: General Chat

Post by g7vja on Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:14 am

Hello Duncan
MYDXC was added to the mix as i would like node users to use systems i offer.
re: the dxcluster link that should have taken you to GB7IPH in Little Chalfont
Bucks.
I have about fifteen 44.131.210.. allocations, i am supposed to be the co-ordinator
for N.Devon, but Paul deals with on my behalf.
my uronode is setup for com1 but i do not have a spare radio to go on it,so when
i stop & restart the node i get an error message about no inferface or TNC

re: Paula
she has been on the xrouter yahoo group in the last three months answering a few questions.
she says she is working on a Linux Version of XR32,but it seems to be way off
before we see it.
all of her NoV's have expired,so i assume she no longer runs her Node or BBS
GB7PZT.
her website has been down for ages.
i think she has lost interest in xrouter
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:07 am

Hi Kenny,
I think Paula may have been thinking that the academic kudos is now in writing software for ARM devices generally, and the RaspberryPi in particular. The appearance of Uronode probably took the wind out of her sails. Embarassed John probably faced the same dilemma at the completion of the windows version of BPQ. It wasn't long after his daughter gave him a Raspi that he was writing software for it. John actually produced the DOS version of BPQ when he was 16 years old, and had a beta Pibpq up and running within 6 months or so. LinBPQ followed.
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Post by g7vja on Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:59 am

Gm Duncan
I agree with you about Paula & Uronode being possible competition to xrouter
what i have noticed is more Amateur stations are switching to using Linux.
i had an email the other day from a welsh station who would like to set up his own BBS or Packet Node and link with me,downside is he has a Win10 PC.
i told him there is next to no packet software that can be used with Win10
he trying to source an old WinXP machine and use that.
waiting for him to get back to me on what he plans to do.
John has done well with the BPQ
but i still find it has a long way to go if it is to overtake Winfbb or LinFBB
Bpq is trying to cater for to many different types of modes
RMS - Winlink is not allowed on the UK Amateur network,but some are using it because it can be used in BPQ, i will be dropping my BPQ before christmas time.running three BBS's is not needed
WinFBB,LinFBB & Uronode are all i really need now
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:48 pm

Hi Kenny,
I had just finished transferring 2014-12-05UROnode-wheezy.img to a 16GB SD  card when I got an email from the Amprnet Portal to let me know that following my request of last evening I have been allocated 44.131.164.0/29...I am still trying to get my head round how 44.131.255.164 is part of the allocation. 44.131.164.xxx is one of Paul's subnets, but it isn't local to me!
I'll have to mug up on 44.131.164 0/29 to see what the 44.131.164.xxx digits are. i.e what ip addresses I can use and whether I need to change the ip address assigned to xrouter. Obviously I will let you know.

Regarding uronode, the simplest thing to do is to switch off my Pi B and change the SD cards over...and play with the configuration of uronode on there.All my LinBPQ is on the 2 older pi's so they wont be affected.
The problem may be that I will lose some web pages which are currently served by gb7mki.no-ip.org. That is the machine I run Mint on. So will have to suck it and see.
The configuration of the multitude of uronode files which need to be changed is not a 10 min job or 2 hour job in my case...it will take much longer.
If there are problems with missing web pages I will have to sort that out as well.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:05 am

Hi Kenny,
Re: WinLink. I had WinLink running as well at one time with a 40M HF link to Basle, but I let that be known to Steve and gave me a flea in the ear! I was actually using it when John was sailing out to the in the Orkney's. It is perfectly legal to use shipplotter under the safety at sea regulations..but Winlink nooo!

I think most of John's following is in the USA, so they tend to dictate what he does. John used UI-View as the template for his APRS addon to BPQ32. I don't think he changed the code very much.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:40 pm

Hi Kenny,
Progress with uronode.
Several things I have discovered so far.
The version of uronode intended for the raspberry pi seems only to run on my Pi B's, it wont load on a Pi 2B. (or a Pi B with the pi-tnc attached). I have managed having said that to edit most of the required uronode files in /etc/postfix, etc/ax25/...,
and usr/local/bin.

This isn't the scenario I was hoping for, so I need to copy all the linbpq files to my Pi 2B from the Pi B and carry on from there, using the Pi B for uronode only.

My Pi 2B with Mint installed has insufficient disc space left to install a uronode linux distro. as there is too much running on it.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g4mki on Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:18 pm

Hi Kenny,
Paul's Unix server is down. He has asked his daughter to reset it tonight. If that fails
he will come home at the weekend.
Now working from Paul's uronode notes!
73,
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Post by g4mki on Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:35 pm

Hi Kenny,
My BPQ node and associated mailbox are now offline as Paul very kindly sorted out my uronode setup and got it running. At the moment you can only see the node.
MKINOD:G4MKI-3. There are still some ip linking issues to resolve, so BBS, DXcluster are not yet up and running.
I can access  my conv server (NKENT), when its running and an FBB BBS. with links Paul plumbed into the software, via a puTTy session from my laptop. They are not yet broadcast, so wont appear in the nodes listing. CONv from MKINOD takes you to Paul's conv server, not mine.
If you want a password to login to MKINOD, pse email it to me and I will set it up.
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Re: General Chat

Post by g7vja on Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:36 pm

Hi Duncan
My g7vja-5 Linux XR32 has decided not to work after i had a power cut or surge that took out three Machines here while i was away all day attending a funeral
in W.London
so i can either add you to my GB7COW-5 xr32 or hang on until i get another machine from somewhere or someone
the WinFBB is back up and running
GB7COW-5 xr32 is running again
Xfbb Uronode Axmail are all back up
also my Win7 machine has gone and died on me

nightmare stuff..hi
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Post by g4mki on Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:31 pm

Hi Kenny,
It sounds as though we are both in the same boat!
I 'killed' my BT router 2 days ago and managed to get it going again with a hard reset...so I have lost all my port settings and am in the process of trying to get my websites up and running again,.
At the moment, I have managed to restore the linbpq nodes but neither xrourer or URONode are running.
I did a stupid thing...I set URONode up on an older Pi B and decided to swop it to my Pi 2B without thinking about its static ip address!!  (on the SD card)..I left the router on for a couple of hours after the event and it eventually gave up the ghost. The Pi with a static address, kept its ip, but the router changed all the other host ip's!!
Uronode is nearly working,  fbb and conv servers both ok, but I still have ip routing issues to resolve.
So until I sort everything else out, uronode will have to wait.....
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Post by g7vja on Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:50 pm

Hi Duncan
My G7VJA-5 XR32 is back on and talking to your G4MKI-5 XR32.
i updated to Linux Mint V18 on all linux PC's while i had the chance,
Xfbb Uronode & Dxcluster are all on one machine.,ticking away just nicely.
Bpq Mail and my web pages on another.,still debating whether to drop Bpqmail
all together,
Linux xr32 is on its own machine,i just have to sort out the xr32 webpage
hopefully i should be ok for a couple of months before the Gremlins move back in.

The Win7 PC that kept shutting down on its own,seems to have recovered and is working ok,
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Post by g4mki on Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:20 pm

Hi Kenny,
You have been missed! Nice to see you back Very Happy
It was about this time last year that I had to invest in another PC as the result of a gremlin attack. confused
The good news is that my URONode HERON:G4MKI-10 is now running very sweetly and the bugs seem to have been ironed out.
Finally got all my web pages up and running again, late last night...after I sabotaged my BT Router. Even managed to add a URONode screenshot to my Raspberry Pi page.
Very helpful BT chap called and gave me a high speed modem so that I could resurrect my BT Hub 3. The Hub 5 is probably ok, but I didn't want to have to put all my routes in for a 3rd time, not knowing whether it would crash again and need another hard reset.
I am going to have a go at seeing if I can get Uronode to run on my old pc in Ubuntu over the winter...I don't want to have to rely on just one machine able to run uronode.
Paul never got round to showing me his cut & paste file edit edit method as I had got to Stage 4, typing it all in the hard way!
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Post by g7vja on Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:15 pm

We will have setup a link between your Uronode and mine sometime

re Paul and his Stages,it goes up to stage 8.
send Paul a packet message he will help you or even do the setting up of
uronode remotely,if you are happy to let him do it that way.
for the remote setup we use a program called TeamViewer
sudo apt-get install teamviewer
just give paul your IP address,the Teamviewer account number & password
open two terminals in root,paul will do the rest,he can chat with you at the same time if he hits a problem.
the password for Teamviewer changes everytime the program is run.
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Post by g4mki on Sun Sep 25, 2016 10:10 am

Hi Kenny,
That is exactly what we did...Paul used a TeamViewer link to help me out.
I have been using my conversd server most evenings, chatting to Paul et al.
TeamViewer gave me a bit of a scare the first time I used it, told me I had been on too long, but its been ok since.
He asked me to reboot my pi a couple of times and chatted when necessary.
Took most of last Monday afternoon and a quick session since.
Have completed all stages.
Am in the process of trying to convert my old Vista PC to Ubuntu 12.04LTS, but it wouldn't read the CD when I tried last night, so am trying to get it to run in VM on my laptop. Seems to be loading ok, so the disc I made last night must be ok.
I did notice a bull yesterday from N1URO saying that there is now a new beta version of the software for Stage 8. Although beta, it is likely to be the final version.
I want to try and setup uronode in Ubuntu 12.04 using Paul's files. He didn't show me how to paste and copy in Putty as I had already typed in most of the pages by hand.
Could do with the 'know how' so that I can backup the edits in Paul's notes.
I have worked out how to copy a file in one window but not paste it into the other window.
Paul thinks a backup in Ubuntu 12.04 will be a nice project for the autumn/winter months santa
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Post by g7vja on Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:38 am

Hello Duncan
Sounds like you are making good progress,
re the N1URO Beta,i will wait for the next Official release
will your Uronode be connectable via Netrom??
mine is 44.131.210.5 6301
your callsign is setup as a user.
if you have forgotten your password,i can send it to you.
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