Pi-Top: Reviewing a Raspberry Pi 3 Laptop

So, been using my Pi-Top for about 3 days now. I have to say, out of 10, I rate it a 7-out-of-10. In fact, composing this post on it right meow. The Good Well, you get a pretty slick package that makes your Pi portable, and battery powered, without cabling dangling all over the place. Yes, it can be done neatly without a kit (I’ve seen some of the projects here), but this puts it […]

Migration to Mystic from Synchronet

So, I decided to migrate from Synchronet to Mystic BBS.  The primary reason:  Ease of customization and FTN.  While, I do realize that Synchronet is highly customizable, and can handle FTN networks, both seemed rather arduous to do. Menus are easily customizable in Mystic, even without an ASCII editor, whereas in Sync, it’s all done via editing two text files.  I’m positive for someone with years of experience with the package, it’s easy enough.  For a […]

Solar Powered BBS Online

So, I’ve finally figured out the “niche” for the BBS I’ve been playing with:  It’s a solar-powered BBS, running Synchronet!  And, the only one 🙂 I think this will be a great learning experiment for myself, to see what real-world solar power operations is like.  And, personally, I feel it’d be a great community experience for people who may be sick of the flashy “modern” social media networks. I do know I get a feeling […]

RX-Only APRS iGate, And Future Plans For Packet Node

So, I’ve deployed an receive-only iGate for the APRS system.  It’s not very impressive as of now, an old RadioShack Pro-2023 scanner, with the audio cable going to a Raspberry Pi running tnc_pi. It’s current range isn’t so good, by and large.  Mainly, because it’s a desktop scanner with it’s OEM antenna (A collapsible stick antenna) sitting on a table in my bedroom.  So, I have a couple of options:  Upgrade just the antenna to […]

tnc_pi: A Wifi Enabled TNC For Amateur Radio

So, I wanted a wifi-enabled TNC for mobile packet use, and for tooling around at home, while not in the shack.  I also figured eventually, I’d want to not do this all by hand, and I figured others would likely want to do so as well. So, I’ve release the tnc_pi project into the wild on Github.  Pulls are welcomed, as well as suggestions and enhancements. You can find the project here: https://github.com/coreyreichle/tnc_pi Down the […]

tnc_pi And Other New Scripts Added to Github

So, I decided it was probably a bad idea to rely on my blog for source control, so I pushed a bunch of the scripts I’ve developed to speed prototyping of ideas, mostly Raspberry Pi projects. You can peruse all of my stuff on github here. Specifically, I just pushed two scripts up:  tnc_pi and wifi_pi, which are two scripts that deploy various solutions to the device. I wanted a network-enabled TNC, so that’s tnc_pi. […]

Building soundmodem for Ubuntu 64 bit

So, it appears there’s a bit of an issue building soundmodem using gcc5.  The fix is pretty simple: Install gcc4 Preprend your makes to specify gcc version: ie, this should get ‘er done: cd ~/soundmodem; ./configure CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.9 && make CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.9 && sudo make install CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.9 Also, it appears soundmodem’s page has been taken down, but you can clone it down from here: https://github.com/coreyreichle/soundmodem

I’m mobile radioactive!

So, over the past month or so, I ordered all of the things needed to get on 20M HF, while mobile:  A mobile antenna mount (No, a mag mounted 20M antenna won’t cut it), a mobile whip, and I already had the radio (A FT817ND). A lot of you are saying,”But, 5W out for HF is nothing!  Come on!”  I do mostly digital stuff.  SSB voice sometimes (Mostly on 10M), but largely digital.  Even on […]

2016 Buffalo Shamrock Run

I’m stoked after yesterday’s Shamrock Run! The Buffalo Shamrock Run is an 8K run, which is quickly turning into my favorite race length.  Not because it’s easy (The last 2 miles kicked my ass), but I feel it’s the length of race that truly tests my ability. So, the atmosphere of the Shamrock Run is really fun, to say the least.  It’s gotta be, why else would people go and race with snow on the […]

25 Days to Go

25 days to go until the Buffalo Shamrock Run. The Shamrock run is a rather challenging 8K held every year. I’ve not run the course itself yet (Got to do that), but from knowing the roads, it’s a much more challenging race than the Buffalo YMCA Turkey Trot (A touch over 8K). So, the real challenge for me is to PR my 8K time. The course has a number of “hills” which are really overpasses […]

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