(pi)LinBPQ – Ready to Go

Got a Raspberry Pi and want to get back into Packet Radio?

The above download is a complete packet radio setup for amateur radio use. The tarball has binaries for the Raspberry Pi providing the full node network stack, QtSoundModem and QtTermTCP.

Extract with:

tar xvfz <filename>

or

gzip -d <filename>
tar xvf <filename>

NB: Don’t use a GUI driven compression tool and expect the same results.

The tarball contains documentation and configuration pretty much ready to go, only a few things need to be edited to set your callsign, file paths and a couple of parameters such as grid square locator, GPS coordinates and APRS-IS password.

Please note this software is in Beta, it is recommended that you run all three update scripts before starting, and most importantly, read the README.TXT

Recommended system requirements: Raspberry Pi3 if running the provided QtSoundModem soundmodem. If not using the soundmodem, serial port based TNCs can be used on a Pi Model B / Pi Zero as the performance overhead is much lower.

If you wish to compile the source code yourself, download the latest archive from G8BPQ’s website/repository here. If using a 64bit OS, you must first install x86 32bit compatibility libraries before building. A binary compiled without these may execute but it will send corrupted frames, so be careful.

Good luck!

73

Red – PE1RRR

QtTerm configured in MDI mode
QtSoundModem

Appendix

Linux x86

The update scripts provided can be easily modified to download the binaries for x86 32bit Linux.

Open them in a text editor and adjust the filename= parameter.

The filename downloaded by the scripts should be changed from ‘pilinbpq’ to ‘linbpq’. The same procedure should be employed for qtsm and qtterm update scripts- just remove the ‘pi’.

If running a 64bit OS you will need to install the 32bit compatibility libraries. For Ubuntu and Debian, this is accomplished with:

apt-get install ia32-libs

Windows

For Windows users, the configuration files are compatible with the Win32 build of BPQ32 available from G8BPQ’s website here.

Be aware the configuration here is for the latest Beta so after installing the Win32 package, also download the latest beta DLL. As this package is aimed at Raspbian Linux for the Raspberry Pi it is a little out of scope to provide details for the Windows platform.

See BPQ32 Documentation