MHSave and Python

Today I am playing with Python and Matplotlib. In BPQ32 you have the option to save the Most Heard list (MH) when you close BPQ32. This contains a lot of data that you can use. Above I made a plot of the received stations and the number of packets I received at 14.1022Mhz + 1000Hz at 300Baud. Now I am not a world programmer, so this could probably be easier or different. Below the script I have written and used.

import re, csv, zlib
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

#First get the data form the right port. 14.1022Mhz 300 Baud HF Packet

port4 = []

with open("MHSave.txt") as f:
        found_port4 = False

        for line in f:
                if line.startswith("Port:4"):

                        found_port4 = True

                if found_port4:
                        if line.startswith("Port:5"):
                                mod_string = line.replace('||', '')
                                mod_strings = re.sub("via.*$", "", mod_string)

with open('port4.txt', 'w') as fout:


# Convert it to a csv file
with open('port4.txt', 'r') as in_file:
    lines =
    stripped = [line.replace(","," ").split() for line in lines]
    grouped = zip(*[stripped]*1)
    with open('port4.csv', 'w') as out_file:
        writer = csv.writer(out_file)
        writer.writerow(('Epoch', 'Pack-rev', 'Call', 'Month', 'Day', 'Time'))
        for group in grouped:

# Matplotlib create a nice Plot of the received calls

filename = 'port4.csv'
with open(filename) as f:
    reader = csv.reader(f)
    header_row = next(reader)

    #Get Packets and Calls received
    packs, calls = [], []
    for row in reader:
        pack = int(row[1])
        call = str(row[2])

x = np.arange(len(calls))

fig, ax = plt.subplots()

ax.barh(x, packs, align='center')
ax.set_title("Call and Packets received on PI1LAP")
ax.set_xlabel('Received Packets')
ax.set_ylabel('Station Callsigns')
ax.set_xticks(packs, minor=True)

Kantronics KPC4

Today I have been working on a Kantronics KPC4 which I bought from PD4R. I am very happy that I can add it to the collection.

Kantronics KAM_KPC-1-2-4-2400_Installation Manual
Kantronics KAM_KPC-1-2-4-2400_Operations Manual

Kantronics KPC4 Firmware

The nice thing is that such modems can also be accessed from BPQ32. Here is a small example.

 ID=Serial TNC KPC4

Bpq32 with QtSoundModem and Hamlib

Yesterday I added 2 HF ports to my Bpq32 Node / BBS. I have chosen to use QtSoundModem and Hamlib. QtSoundModem is a Linux port or Soundmodem from UZ7HO. I use Hamlib/rigctld to take control of the Tranceiver. QtSoundmodem and Hamlib run on a different Raspberry than the BBS and Node.

After some testing I found out that I need Hamlib version 3.3 to control the icom 7300. The versions 4.0 and 4.1 do not work for me. Apparently the icom 7300 is not being initialized. Can’t actually find out why this is. With the command “rigctld -l” you get a list of which tranceivers are supported.

So I need number 373 for the Icom 7300.

/usr/local/bin/rigctld -m 373 -r /dev/ttyUSB0 -s 19200 -T -t 4532 &

In the QtSoundModem.ini I have in the [Init] section.


Now the bpq32.cfg

 ID=14.1022 +1100Hz
  ADDR 8101 ; AGW port of QtSoundModem

 ID=14.1022 +2000Hz
  ADDR 8101 ; AGW port of QtSoundModem

With Hamlib it is also possible to control the TRX from Bpq32. I immediately added a Robust 300 packet port to Bpq32 with rig control. Here is an example.

 ID=Robust 300 ;(RPR Packet)
WL2KREPORT PUBLIC,, 80, PI8LAP-10, JO11VN, 00-23, 14102200, ROBUST, 25, 35, 3
WL2KREPORT PUBLIC,, 80, PI8LAP-10, JO11VN, 00-23, 14102200, PKT300, 25, 35, 3
WL2KREPORT PUBLIC,, 80, PI8LAP-10, JO11VN, 00-23, 144850000, PKT1200, 10, 20, 5, 0
WL2KREPORT PUBLIC,, 80, PI8LAP-10, JO11VN, 00-23, 430950000, PKT9600, 10, 20, 5, 0
  O 4                   ; MAXFRAME
  F 190                 ; FRACK
  T 8                   ; TX Delay
  USEAPPLCALLS          ; Accept connects to all APPLCALLS
  BEACONAFTERSESSION    ; Beacon after session
  %L 1500               ; Centre Freq for Normal Packet (Default is 1500)
  @I 64                 ; Paclen = 60
  %T 1                  ; TX Autotracking 1 = on
  %N 10
  %B 300


Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 01     TCPKISS IP Port 8001 Chan A
Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 02     TCPKISS IP Port 8001 Chan B
Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 03     SCSTRK /dev/ttyUSB0
Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 04     UZ7HO Host Port 8101 Chan A
Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 05     UZ7HO Host Port 8101 Chan B
Apr  4 16:34:41 pi1lap : Initialising Port 06     ASYNC /dev/ttyUSB1 Chan A


PointoPoint link between two Ninotnc`s

Today I am playing with tncattach, I thought it would be fun to test this with the Ninotnc`s.

I have connect the first Ninotnc n9600A4 to my rpi 4 and install “tncattach” on it. The TNCs are connected with each other by means of a short cable.  Cross cable. The tnc are running 9600Baud

TNC1             TNC2
RX                   TX
TX                   RX

# If you don't already have a compiler installed
sudo apt install build-essential

# Clone repository from GitHub
git clone

# Move into source directory
cd tncattach

# Make program

# Install to system
sudo make install

The next thing I did was setting up a pointopoint link. But first attach the modem.

sudo tncattach /dev/ttyACM0 57600 -d --noipv6 --noup --mtu 329
sudo ifconfig tnc0 pointopoint

The second Ninotnc n9600A3 I have connected to my rpi 3

sudo tncattach /dev/ttyACM0 57600 -d --noipv6 --noup --mtu 329 
sudo ifconfig tnc0 pointopoint

I made a short video of how it works.

That was Fun….

Kantronics KAM All Mode

Today I am the lucky one again. I have added a new modem to the collection. Namely the Kantronics KAM All Mode.

The KAM is using the oldest Firmware that I know of. Version 5.00. The newest is version 8.2. Have a look at this link
Here can you find the Kam Manual.
It is the third Kantronics modem I have. I have the KPC3 (non plus) and the KPC9612 + and now the Kantronics Kam All Mode. Now I am still looking for the KPC3+

Dx Cluster PI1LAP-1

PI1LAP is Running DXSpider as Cluster Software. With Postgresql as database backend for Web Cluster

PI1LAP is also connected to the Reverse Beacon Network (RBN). Now it is possible to see (Live) Spots from CW, BEACON, RTTY, PSK, FT8 and FT4.
Connect to PI1LAP-1 (telnet 7300) and give the command “help set/skimmer” to get help about the skimmer feed.

The skimmer feed from CW and FT8 / FT4 can be overwhelming. Now there are all kinds of possibilities to filter this to specific spots. Filter help use the command “help filter” on the cluster.

# Possible Filter
To only allow FT4 spots you can use a filter
set/skimmer ft
reject/rbn 1 info ft8
show/filter # Show the rules in the filter
clear/rbn 1 or all # Delete filter rule

If you like Dx spots (just like me) you can go to “telnet 7300

See ya on the Cluster.

Website DxSpider

LinFBB 7.0.10 released

  Released version 7.0.10 of Linfbb. Great news……

Download it at
Source Link

Some info from Dave.

Many thanks to Brian (N1URO) for his maintenance scripts contribution and to Paul (G4APL) for his extensive tests and feedback regarding some old bugs and their fixes. Also many thanks to all other sysops using and testing the development version in the SVN repo prior to this release.


7.0.10 (Dave van der Locht) Add date 1 Nov 2020
- Fixed gateway using wrong FROM callsign with outgoing socket connections.
- Fixed gateway could only use port 1 to 9.
- New 20_epurmess and 20_epurwp maintenance scripts (N1URO).
- Fixed pagination issue with ? command, C (remove paging) didn't work.
- Cleaned obsolete code, fast_fwd was hard set to 1 in init.c but only used 
  in some 'if' statements. 
- Corrected satdoc.c line 384 gcc compiler warning (-Wstringop-overflow)
- Corrected behaviour of /K and /L sysop commands
- Fixed buffer overflow possibility in ibm.c getcurdir()
- Corrected several misleading indentations
- Cleaned code and comments in xfbbd.c
- Fixed problem where inbound connections were disconnected after connect.
  with some port types when port in port.sys was higher than 9.
- Commented debugging printf code in the call_nbdos() function.
- Changed version number to 7.0.10.
- Set SVN file properties accordingly for executable files.
- Placed script back in the SVN repo.
- Fixed gateway J command only could show port 1 to 9 heard lists.
- Fixed mailbox J# command only could handle J1 to J8 (numeric) ports.
- Extended mailbox J# command (letters) a bit.
- Detected and corrected some character encoding problems in tnc.c file.
- Removed autotool generated files from SVN repo.
- Accidentally removed Placed back into SVN repo.
- Fixed filename not exists error when using YAPP download command (YD).
- Fixed housekeeping routines crashing on several newer Linux distributions.
- Changed src/, the -fstack-check flag conflicts with
  -fstack-clash-protection which is included by default when GCC is built with
  stack smashing protection (SSP).
- Changed README to reflect correct mailing list e-mail address.

BPQ32 Yapp file transfer

BPQ32 and QTermTCP support the Yapp Protocol. Let’s take a look at how that works.

First we have to great a Directory  ” Files”  in the root dir of Linbpq. The user Pi must be the owner of the Directory.

cd /home/pi/linbpq
mkdir Files
ls -l
drwxr-xr-x 2 pi pi    4096 nov  1 12:10 Files
* If the user Pi does not own the directory "Files", you can change that with.
sudo chown pi:pi Files

Now we can set QTermTCP to use the directory “Files” for uploads and downloads. In the top menu choose ” Yapp” , ” Set Receive Directory” and choose the correct directory (Files).

First we need to connect to a local BBS that supports the YAPP protocol. Now I have set up a BBS here for this test. As modems I use two Ninotnc`s connected with a null modem cable.
Now we are ready to send a file. Again choose in the top menu “Yapp” and “Send File” Now you can choose which file you want to send.

Here we go…..

Monitor screen from Linbpq BBS.

File compleet.

The same file but compressed.

NinoTnc update

On my very expensive scoop (hi) you see a packet frame @ 1200 Baud received from a station about 50 kilometers away. Looks fine to me.

After updating the Firmware from version V2.35 to V2.81 I see a good increase in the decoded frames.

How to update the Firmware

chmod +x

tarpnflash usb
* My Ninotnc is connected to ttyACM0.
tarpnflash version ttyACM0
* Is there a newer version available in the dir "ninotnc" you can run.
tarpnflash flash ttyACM0 (version number)
* Now the Firmware is being updated.
* Check if the flash of the firmware went well.
tarpflash version ttyACM0
* Great now running Version v2.81
/dev/ttyACM0 NinoTNC v2.81

I immediately built my second NinoTNC. I am very curious how that works with IL2P mode, Improved Layer 2 Protocol. In the picture below, the two NinoTnc`s are running at 2400 Baud with IL2P mode. Functions perfectly. Now I have some problems with adjusting to 4800 and 9600 Baud. I have to look into this.


NinoTnc progress

Boy, I can hit my head against the wall. I made a very rookie mistake. I had  soldered a number of Leds the wrong way round.  Tsss before I finally invented that. Very stupid.
But when I finally found out (it’s even in the description on the tarpn website) it now works the way it should.

Let’s test how the reception is. (aprs on 144.800Mhz @ 1200 Baud)

I feel like he is a little deaf. Looks like he’s missing some frames. Maybe it’s the setup I’m using. I am using a Yaesu ft7800 with the NinoTnc directly on the Mini Din of the radio. I have to figure this out, I will read the Tarpn website one more time.

First let’s update the flash.

Mmmmm, let’s give it a go.


A Linbpq configuration example



I am very happy to be able to add this (Nino)TNC to the collection.