Hello there and welcome to the latest installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. For your listening pleasure this fortnight, we have information on politics in the ARRL, opportunities for kids to participate in ham radio and FEMA, adventures in WSPR, a lost Atari 2600 ham radio app, a quick review of SolusOS and much more. Please enjoy.
Hello, everyone! Welcome to the latest installment of Linux in the Ham Shack. Today your hosts discuss a new, incredibly inexpensive single-board computer, an ARRL contest slated to last all of 2016, politics vs. emcomm, a re-written DOS-based contest logger and much, much more. Thanks as always for tuning in and we hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.
Hello again! Linux in the Ham Shack is back online after a three-month absence. Thank you all for sticking out our downtime with us. We've retooled the show a little bit, added some segments, and tightened up the format. But all the fun, information and Linux and hammy stuff remains! Looking forward to many more years of our show. Sit tight, strap in--we're just getting started. Again.
They barely get the introductions done, and Richard is off on a tangent about the great hobo migration in Texas. All this just proves Larry Bushey of the Going Linux podcast is right: LHS rambles. More on this in a moment.
Larry Bushey says LHS rambles in episode 160 of the Going Linux podcast. You know, Larry, you're right. 🙂
Terminal emulation programs for Linux.
If you're interested in running packet radio with your Linux computer, you'll likely need a terminal emulation program to communicate with your terminal node controller(TNC). There are several Linux tools you can use:
setserial is a command-line program designed to set and/or report the configuration information associated with a serial port.
microcom is a very basic terminal emulation program. Tip: pressing Control-\ will access the menu.
minicom is a menu-driven communications program. It emulates ANSI and VT102 terminals, has a dialing directory and auto zmodem download.
At the command line, type "minicom -s" to begin configuration. The first time you run "minicom -s", you'll probably want to run it as root so you have write access to the configuration file.
The first serial port in Linux is called ttyS0.
Most things will work at 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity bit, and 1 stop bit.
Text based modem control program.
Runs in a terminal screen
It's useful for other serial port tasks, too.
Ctrl-A followed by W turns on line wrap, so you won't have long lines truncated.
Install on a Debian-based system by using "apt-get install minicom" or use Synaptic.
Press Ctrl-A then X to exit.
GTK Term is a terminal emulator written with GTK+.
Gets added to the launch menu during installation, but with the name "Serial Port Terminal", not "GTK Term".
Has a nice looking interface.
Easy access to the serial port settings.
CuteCom is another graphical terminal emulator, with split input and output screens.
Ilan Rabinovich, of the Southern California Linux Expo, SCALE, sent a voice mail asking that we play promotions for the event. Unfortunately, we're too late with releasing the LHS episodes to promote SCALE in time. We'll try to do better next year.
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