In trying to consolidate my phone numbers, something broke, and the formatting of my numbers ended up broken. Augh. SQL Server to the rescue!
In keeping with the idea of documenting those obscure (relatively) CLI commands that I only use once in a blue moon and forget if not written down, this one archives the photo’s from the Mac Photos application to our NAS.
By default the AllMon installation with VKNode is not encrypted. What does this mean? If you have your AllMon page publicly accessible, you are sending your admin username and password over the internet in plan text, in the open. That’s bad. Really bad.
This post will detail the steps required to secure your install so that all communication between your node and browser is encrypted.
Using Finder’s copy and paste is a bit daft. There’s nothing nuanced in its operations, or if it is, it’s not user friendly enough for me to have noticed.
Running my simplex node on 146.550, I thought it would be nice to see what sort of coverage I achieve with a 1/4 wave ground plane vertical antenna. Just in case Dick Tracy ever asks.
There’s a great tool being hosted by VK2BE at www.ve2dbe.com which lets you generate an RF coverage map easily.
I’ve been debugging a frustrating issue with a remote server rejecting some credentials from a Raspberry Pi based system on my network. While I’ve used WireShark in the past, it’s generally debugging traffic to or from my computer. Being a man in the middle is a pain as I need to set up proxies to route traffic through my network.
Enter the wonders of adding a Mikrotik router into the mix, and life is bliss!
This post came about because the official documentation can be confusing, and hasn’t kept pace with developments in some areas. There is plenty of old information that is no longer relevant which further confuses matters.
Additionally, for those that simply want to configure a simplex node, it can get confusing if you’ve not done it before. So I’ve created some template configuration files that have most of the work taken care of for you.
For those unfamiliar with VKLink project, it’s an AllStar derivative enabling linking of amateur radio stations and repeaters over the internet. A great summary of the enhancements over AllStar can be found in this post on the forums. Think IRLP and EchoLink but crystal clear audio and a lot more flexible.
The process documented below will set up a simplex node with an access tone of 123.0 Hz.
My VKLink node uses a PRM80 for the RF gateway, and needed a wiring harness to connect it to the Raspberry Pi.
I bought my IC-208h without a remote head separation cable, and sourcing them was like hens teeth, and cost a small fortune. So I tried unsuccessfully to duplicate the cable ends and gave up for a while.
With renewed interest after about twelve months, I trued again, this time successfully.
This is mainly here so that when this happens to me again, I know what to do about it.
Having spent a while not being able to sign software packages I discovered that when you SSH into OSX, your keychain remains locked. So you have to issue the following command to unlock the user keychain:
You’ll be prompted for your password, after which your keychain will be unlocked and accessible to your scripts as expected.