Pinpoint Windows Aprs Client

I was playing with uiview32, but I was very bothered by the map that comes with uiview32. So I went looking for another Aprs client for windows. I ended up at PinPoint. In PinPoint you can choose from 40 different Map providers. Very nice.

I am satisfied with how it works. It is clear and fast. Only found out if at “Tools> Options” something changes you have to close the program and restart. There is also something disturbing, if you close the program and restart you have lost the received aprs messages. Very annoying.

Ax25-apps, Ax25-tools, Ax25-utils, Libax25

Please use the latest version, this prevents irritation and annoying things that you do not understand.

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FBB-PK232 in host-mode


FBB7.0.9 released

@Bug Bash

Trying BBSURO:N1URO-4… <Enter> aborts.
Virtual circuit established to BBSURO:N1URO-4

There has been quite a bit of activity on the mail list or Fbb in the last 2 weeks. Some bugs have been fixed by Dave, now the Protus C_Filter and the G0LGS M and F Filter are working properly again.

Last release

Brian N1URO has written some installation script for Protus and G0LGS filters and has been working on the translation of the Spanish Protus files.

The appropriate Filters can be downloaded from the links below.


They are currently working on getting rid of some Bugs that cause some errors with Fbb ping and the ReqDir server.

Thanks to Dave, Stewart G0LGS, Brian N1URO, Bernard F6BVP, Paul G4APL and Tom SP2L

Great work, Thank you


7.0.8-beta9 (f6bvp, Dave van der Locht)
– [r176] fbblog files renamed from 0 to 52 for week number
fbb log displayed calling executable script /usr/local/bin/fbblog
– [r177] Some functions are done via system() calls. However, observed return value
is invariably -1 while it should reflect the result of called program.
It happened because the SIGCHILD signal handler was set to SIG_IGN.
Fixed at the beginning of the main function in xfbbd.c.
Dave van der Locht 2019-12-14

7.0.9 (Dave van der Locht)
– [r178] beta9 was hanging. xfbbd.c patched.
1) Return value of system() is always -1 due to SIGCHLD signal was ignored.
2) Added ‘fail-safe bypass’ in case call_nbdos() couldn’t find the command/executable to run.
3) Replaced system() with popen() in the call_nbdos() function to fix the problem with
response text from a c_filter not coming through.

Winlink gateway HB9AK (test session)

Almost a year ago if have post something about the Winlink Gateway HB9AK.

Today I have extensively tested the Gateway. And I have to say it works great.
So thank you Martin HB9AUR that you make all this possible.
Just running with 1.51 Watt in a HyEndFed antenna.

Fist Ardop

Second Winmor

Then Pactor 1, Unfortunately I don’t have an expensive P4Dragon. So I have to do with Pactor 1.

Now Robust Packet……

And finally Vara, I really don’t want to pay 69 dollars for a registered Vara version, since I never use Vara.

The NEW… NinoTNC form TARPN

Tadd KA2DEW send me some great news. Thank you Tadd.

I`ve read that they were working on it, but that they were already that far …..

The sale will probably start at the end of January or the beginning of February.

TARPN is about to start selling its own TNC called NinoTNC. This is to be sold as a programmed CPU and PCB for $14 including shipping. They give you a BOM file and instructions to submit it to DigiKey for the rest of the parts. Costs about $25 including USPS shipping. Total cost is < $40. The NinoTNC is a USB KISS hardware/firmware TNC which looks like the TNC-PI, but isn’t a HAT. It is powered over USB and can connect to any USB equipped computer which supports a program to operate a KISS TNC. The NinoTNC has its own FEC mode useful for making dedicated point-to-point links.

Here some links with further information.—starting-field-tests.pdf

Weather beacon

I wanted to broadcast a weather beacon, but since I don’t have a weather station it became a bit more difficult. After some searching on the internet I came across a site where I can download a file with an api with weather data that is no more than 10 minutes old. Great. After downloading the file looks a little messy.

I can’t do much with this. Let`s manupilate the file. First add some “enters”/”new lines” in the file.

Add a enter after/new line “, ”
sed -i $’s/”, “/),\\\n(/g’ ~/wx-project/meteo.wx

Now the file looks like this

That’s better, just clean up the mess. I end up with this.

# Remove the non-letters/numbers except . and : and –
sed -i -e “s/[^ 0-9a-zA-Z.:-]//g” -e ‘s/ \+/ /’ ~/wx-project/meteo.wx

Now we can read the line and get the value from it. I do this with “awk”

temp=$(awk ‘NR==5{print $2}’ meteo.wx)
echo TEMP=”$temp”°C Temperature degrees Celsius

Read line 5 word number two. And we have…………….

7.3°C Temperature degrees Celsius.

In the Netherlands we work with the mertrice system. Now the weather beacon is displayed in the imperial system. Now some calculation work must take place.

We can finally put the beacon together.



The compleet output looks like this.

TEMP=8°C Temperature degrees Celsius
WPK=16.8km/h Wind speed in Kilometers per hour
WGK=35.6km/h Wind guts in Kilometers per hour
GRD=272° Wind direction in degrees
RAIN=1.48067mm Rain in the last hour in mm
RAIN24=7.23632mm Rain in the last 24 hour in mm
RAIN12=4.53765mm Rain in the last 12 hour in mm
HUM=92% Humidity in procent
Bar=0987mb Barometric pressure in millibars
FAH=046F Temperature degrees Fahrenheit
WPM=010mph Wind speed in miles per hour
WGM=022mph Wind guts in miles per hour
RNI=005inch Rain in the last hour in inches
RNI=028inch Rain in the last 24 hour in inches
RNI=017inch Rain in the last 12 hour in inches

The complete script look like this.

I put it in a cronjob, now it’s running every 15 minutes.
crontab -e
*/15 * * * * /home/pd9q/wx-project/ >/dev/null 2>&1


Brian Kantor, WB6CYT, SK

Very,very sad news…..

Below a mail from Phil Karn.

[44net] Brian Kantor, WB6CYT, SK
Date:       Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:27:49 -0800 (11/22/2019 06:27:49 PM)

I have very sad news. My good friend, Brian Kantor, WB6CYT ,suddenly passed away this week at his home in San Diego, California.

Brian retired only two years ago after 47 years of service on the staff at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Way back in the mid 1980s, Brian and I founded AMPRnet, the TCP/IP over amateur radio network. He continued to manage it until his passing.

Brian recently created and served as chair and CEO of Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), a charitable foundation funded by the sale of unused AMPRnet IPv4 addresses.  ARDC promotes STEM education and amateur radio digital development through scholarships and by funding the development of open source hardware and software.

Brian will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. Memorial arrangements will be announced when known.

Phil Karn, KA9Q