Club Articles and News: Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Bring Your Used Eye Glasses

2023-01-21 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Please bring your old used eye glasses to the January 26th MARC meeting!

As a way to help a good cause and to say thank you to the Lions for using their club house for Winter Field Day we are a having a impromptu eye glasses drive. The Lions have a recycle program for eye glasses. Here is a link to what they do with used glasses pdf

There will be a collection box at the meeting. If you forget to bring your used eye glasses to the meeting, you can bring your used eye glasses to Winter Field Day.

A member said they will donate $2 to the New Capital Fund for every pair of glasses donated during the meeting and Winter Field Day.

Winter Field Day

2023-01-06 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

Save the Date. Winter Field Day is coming up.

Winter Field Day is scheduled for January 28th and January 29th.

You can find complete information at https://www.winterfieldday.com/index.php

MARC and Winter Field Day

MARC will holding Winter Field Day from 14:00 to 18:00 EST on January 28th only at the Lions Club House, 402 W. Chestnut, New Carlisle, IN.

We will have a 7300 running SSB using the club call sign, W9AB. The Adventure group will be operating bands as they choose.

Please come out and join the fun!

For More information Download the MARC Winter Field Day Flyer

Marc Officers for 2023

2023-01-05 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745

At tonight's MARC board meeting officer assignments were made.

President - Dave Ellis K9AWT

Vice President - Pete Shaw KB9ZRV

Secretary - Robert Bower W9RWB

Treasurer - Bob Paton KD9TGU

Member at Large - Scott Coppersmith KD9QOG

How I installed LinPac

2022-11-14 by Rev. Fr. Robert Bower W9RWB WRPH745


LinPac is a program to connect to a packet BBS or do Keyboard to Keyboard Radio Communication.

Watch Keyboard to Keyboard Radio Coms with AX.25 and Linpac! and VA7SHG - LinPac - Packet radio on linux, beyond Winlink and APRS to get the idea.

The guides I used were Direwolf soundcard packet on Linux, with ax25 and LinPacSetting up Packet Radio on a Raspberry Pi (4 thru Zero-W) running Raspberry Pi OS Bullseye, Buster, Stretch or Jessie.

My system is a 64 bit Intel based laptop running an Ubuntu derivative connect to a G90. Installing LinPac on my laptop for use with my G90 required a few modifications from the first set of instructions. Many of the changes I used were in the second set of instructions.

My changes

  1. The best way to control a G90 is to use Flrig.

  2. Besides installing Flrig, hamlib needs to be installed.

  3. direwolf.conf needs to be edited to be used with hamlib.

PPT 2 localhost:4532
  1. Since LinPac is being used on HF the modem speed in direwolf.conf needs to be changed:
MODEM 300 1600:1800 7@30 /4
  1. After installing all the packages for AX.25 the /etc/ax25axports file needs to be edited:

Replace my call sign with yours including SSID

wl2k W9RWB-3 300 255 7 HF

The first entry is just the name of the port. I used wl2k but you can name the port anything you like. The second is your call sign with SSID. The third is desired modem speed. Since I am on HF I used 300. I am not sure what the 255 is but every example had it. I am also unsure about the next number but if you are doing UHF use 2 and if you are doing HF use 7. The next is just a description of the port.

  1. Making listen work properly
sudo chmod 4755 /usr/bin/listen


sudo chmod 4755 /usr/bin/axlisten
  1. Install LinPac

How to start LinPac.

  1. Start Flrig and make sure it is connected to your radio.

  2. Run the following in a terminal window and let it run. This is command connects hamlib to flrig.

rigctld -m 4 -vvvv
  1. Start direwolf with the following command: (Replace direwolf-ax25.conf with the name of your configuration file.)
direwolf -t 0 -p -B 300 -X 16 -d tx -c direwolf-ax25.conf

Only use the command options if you want to use FX.25 in place of AX.25

-X 16 and -d tx
  1. Run the following command:
sudo kissattach /dev/ptmx wl2k

sudo kissparms -c 1 -p wl2k -t 300 -l 30 -s 20 -80 -f n