Monthly Archives: July 2016

the Pi and BBS RMS Chat Node et all

So the update to the RasspberryPi and Tnc-Pi with BPQ is that now we have the RMS gate working also!!
Took a bit of me learning and reading and of course with great help from N9PMO Mike and of course John and the whole BPQ Yahoo group.

I am just having a blast with BPQ and all it capabilities! It is just amazing what this can do, and on a raspberryPi!

It is currently running a NODE, BBS, Chat, Aprs Igate and APRS as a station and now also RMS…
Here is the article I posted on the CEWN site:

There is a packet BBS on air on Saint Lucia again, with a number of stations active in Martinique on APRS also
The BBS J62DX-3 and its Node J62DX-4 and the Chat server J62DX-2 are on 144.390 Mhz. Also running is an Aprs Igate and a RMS Gate

The BBS system is run and maintained by J69DS Frans. The service is run on a RaspberryPi with a Tnc-Pi to an Icom 2100 at 5 watts. the antenna is a 1 wave over a 1.4 wave vertical.
Dominica already has a node ready to be installed at the repeater site (Morne Anglais). In Martinique we already have two Digis up and an Igate up and running.
In Trinidad there are many stations on APRS and Igate with Nodes and BBs
A good place to look is on

We would like to see a node on each island at least it would allow an across the region network. in normal times it is just fun to experiment. But in an emergency packet is an error free method of passing information.
To get on packet can be a s simple as running agwpe (Agw Packet Engine) and going via the sound card to the radio, and using the Agw terminal to access the network. Even a ‘real’ tnc is not that expensive as back in the days, a Tnc-X is one of the easy to get tnc’s.

Hope to see you on the packet network.


Frans J69DS J62DX J62YOTA