Packet Radio: BPQ32 Notes

Please note that this page is still under construction.

Commands

Throughout this document, the command PASSWORD is not a prompt to enter an actual password, it is a command that must be typed in order to gain sysop (administrator) access.

The < and > characters define an action, such as pressing enter, or substitution with a user input, depending what is between them.


RIGCONTROL no longer confined to PORT definitions – New RADIO definition.

As of 6.0.21.40* (*not quite exactly sure which)

The code is backward compatible, so you don’t need to change existing configuration. The new method allows you to define a rigcontol instance that isn’t associated with a port that allows rigcontrol – eg a KISS port that needs PTT via Serial or Hamlib.

Format is the same as with the old config, with RIGCONTROL replaced by RADIO n, where n is the interlock group, eg

RADIO 5 COM2 19200 PTTONLY HAMLIB=4534
RADIO 4
COM40 19200 ICOM IC7100 88
5,14.102,USB,VN
5,10.1473,USB,VN
****

Per-port CTEXT (Connect Text)

As of 6.0.21.21:

CTEXT is read from files, with names of format PortnCTEXT.txt, where n is the port number. So for port 4 the filename is Port4CTEXT.txt. These are read from the same directory as bpq32.cfg. They are read when BPQ starts but can be re-read using the Node command GETPORTCTEXT so you can change the text without starting the node. Remember that on Linux names are case sensitive.

The file is sent to the user as input without any format change. Some clients, such as Winlink Express, don’t treat the normal Linux line terminator of LF as a new line, so if you are running on Linux you are best off creating the files with an editor that can write the normal Windows line terminator CR LF.


Reloading AXIP Table

As of 6.0.20.1

Reload the AXIP/AXUDP configuration while the node is running, especially useful on linbpq where this is not an obvious option available.

PASSWORD <hit enter>
EXTRESTART <port number> 1

Reloading Telnet Port Users

As of 6.0.20.1

USERS: useful when adding new users to the telnet login system/BBS telnet mail forwarding.

ALL: Useful to reload the entire telnet port configuration without stopping the node.

PASSWORD <hit enter>
TELRECONFIG <telnet port number> USERS
Or
TELRECONFIG <telnet port number> ALL

Reloading APRS configuration

As of 6.0.20.1

PASSWORD <hit enter>
APRS RECONFIG

Delete All Nodes

Sometimes it’s necessary to kill an entire node table especially while experimenting and fine tuning links.

PASSWORD <hit enter>
NODE DEL ALL

If you wish to remove only one node, the command can take the callsign and SSID as a parameter

PASSWORD <hit enter>
NODE DEL <callsign-ssid>

Configuration

BPQ Telnet Mail Forward

Using the BPQ BBS Connect Script (accessed via the HTTP interface)

Location: Mail Mgmt->Forwarding

To FBB (note the period (.) before the username is intentional):

ATTACH <axip port number>
C <dns hostname or IP> <FBB port> .<username> <password>

To Other:

ATTACH <axip port number>
C <dns hostname or IP> <telnet port> <username> <password>

Connecting to a URONODE

URONODE apparently requires two different UDP ports- just remember to port forward whichever one becomes your incoming port on your ISP connected home router/gateway.

MAP <callsign(-ssid)> <hostname/IP> udp <outgoing port> SOURCEPORT <incoming port> B 

Whitepages Notes

The BBS has been configured to reject WP bulletins, but yet, WP bulletins are still arriving with status BK (bulletin killed), but why? I asked John G8BPQ and was given a helpful insight into how the forwarding protocol of choice can affect the message filters:

The WP messages that aren’t being rejected are all arriving via B2 protocol (FC proposal). The standard FC message doesn’t include FROM, TO or VIA so the filters have to kill filtered messages instead of rejecting them.

Between BPQ BBS systems the FC proposal is extended. Many of those messages are rejected, but not all of them.

G8BPQ / John