AG6QO-1 packet BBS
BARK member Joe DeAngelo, AG6QO, has recently fired up a new packet BBS in Winters, CA on 144.37. It can be accessed directly by connecting to AG6QO-1, or farther out by connecting to the BERR37 node on Mt. Berryessa, and then to AG6QO-1.
Thanks to the support of the Berryessa Amateur Radio Klub, which operates the voice repeater KE6YUV on 146.970, BERR37 has an excellent location, and provides access throughout the northern and western Sacramento Valley region and beyond. Also on Mt. Berryessa is a forwarding node on 1.25 meters, which is currently the RF-forwarding relay for not only the AG6QO BBS, but other BBS's in the network.
Photo of the node installation are available http://www.yoloares.org/news/2013/packet_install/
After a hiatus from Amateur Radio of more than a decade, Joe was disappointed to find that the robust network he remembered, of all-radio message store-and-forward BBS stations had dwindled, and most remaining BBS stations rely heavily on internet forwarding.
Joining the other sysops in the Packet Sysops of Northern California group, (http://ncpa.n0ary.org/bbsindex.html ), Joes hope is to reinvigorate and encourage all-radio packet message forwarding throughout California, especially for Emergency Communications and NTS services. The hope is that Yolo County ARES and surrounding groups will find the system valuable. Both the BBS and the supporting nodes have emergency power.
The BBS is somewhat unique in that it uses a Raspberry Pi as its computing core, and a stack of two TNCpis to drive the radios. The system runs Debian Linux (Raspbian), and F6BVPs distribution of the FBB BBS. This configuration has proven to be a reliable, low-cost BBS platform. Joe plans to add additional ports for forwarding on other bands, as well as additional user ports.
The system also provides other services, including a ROSE node (C AG6QO).
To find out more about the Raspberry Pi / TNCpi implementation, and the status of the BBS, you can visit: http://ag6qo.com/.
You can contact the Sysop via packet: AG6QO@AG6QO.#NCA.CA.USA.NOAM or email: email@example.com
Joe has provided a draft tutorial which can be found here.