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  • Solar Pi BBS

    From KC2UGV@VERT to All on Sat Jul 9 18:55:36 2016
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    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...
    An amateur radio project, serving the public since
    June 2016!

    Carrying: Doors:

    DeveloperNet TradeWars 2002
    DOVE-NET
    WhisperNet

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    | Solar Pi BBS, formerly known as KC2UGV-9... |
    | kc2ugv-9... |
    | |
    | The only known solar-powered BBS, running Synchronet! Formerly known |
    | as kc2ugv-9, but it was decided to focus equally on public service as |
    | amateur radio service. |
    | |
    | Carrying DOVE-NET, DeveloperNet, WhisperNet, and a local-focused |
    | message area covering activities in Buffalo, NY, and WNY in general. |
    | |
    | In operation since June 2016, it's planned to operate as long as |
    | possible. |
    | |
    | Dial-in access is being worked on, as is AX25 access on 145.010MHz. |
    | |
    | New members welcomed, and new area-focused message groups will be |
    | added as requested. |
    | |
    | telnet://solarpi.coreyreichle.com |
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    ■ Synchronet ■ Vertrauen ■ Home of Synchronet ■ telnet://vert.synchro.net
  • From Kc2ugv@VERT/KC2UGV to All on Wed Jul 20 15:02:47 2016
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    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...
    An amateur radio project, serving the public since
    June 2016! Now with Dial-In Access!

    Carrying: Doors:

    DeveloperNet TradeWars 2002
    DOVE-NET DrugLord
    WhisperNet And many more!

    For Amateur Radio Operators:
    Coming Soon: DX Cluster
    FIDONet AX25 Node

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    | Solar Pi BBS, the only known, solar-powered BBS, running Synchronet! |
    | |
    | Carrying DOVE-NET, DeveloperNet, WhisperNet, and a local-focused |
    | message area covering activities in Buffalo, NY, and WNY in general. |
    | |
    | In operation since June 2016, it's planned to operate as long as |
    | possible. |
    | |
    | Dial-in access is being worked on, as is AX25 access on 145.010MHz. |
    | |
    | New members welcomed, and new area-focused message groups will be |
    | added as requested. |
    | |
    | telnet://bbs.solarpi.net |
    | (716)342-2772 |
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    ■ Synchronet ■ Solar Pi - telnet://solarpi.coreyreichle.com
  • From Digital Man@VERT to Kc2ugv on Wed Jul 20 14:32:52 2016
    Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Kc2ugv to All on Wed Jul 20 2016 03:02 pm

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    digital man

    Synchronet "Real Fact" #24:
    1584 Synchronet BBS Software registrations were sold between 1992 and 1996. Norco, CA WX: 98.1°F, 18.0% humidity, 12 mph SE wind, 0.00 inches rain/24hrs

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    ■ Synchronet ■ Vertrauen ■ Home of Synchronet ■ telnet://vert.synchro.net
  • From Vk3jed@VERT/FREEWAY to Digital Man on Thu Jul 21 08:06:00 2016
    Digital Man wrote to Kc2ugv <=-

    Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Kc2ugv to All on Wed Jul 20 2016 03:02 pm

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    Yeah, pretty cool. :) That's on my wish list to do, as part of converting my ham station to solar. The BBS runs off the same DC bus, so would also become solar powered.


    ... Which way did they go!? I'm they're leader!!
    --- MultiMail/Win32 v0.49
    ■ Synchronet ■ Freeway BBS in Bendigo, Australia.
  • From Rocksteady@VERT/THETUBE to Kc2ugv on Mon Jul 4 20:53:00 2016
    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...
    ...
    | Dial-in access is being worked on, as is AX25 access on
    145.010MHz. |

    Pretty cool! Maybe you can share infos about your setup (Charger, Buffering Batteries). Also how you did it with AX25 (Hardware Modem or you use
    the Linux AX25 stack)?

    73!

    Rocksteady




    ... We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public
    --- MultiMail/XT v0.49
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Tube BBS <!> Telnet://bbs.thetube.ch <!> ssh://bbs.thetube.ch:2222
  • From Daryl Stout@VERT/TBOLT to Digital Man on Thu Jul 21 10:23:00 2016
    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    I don't know much about a Raspberry Pi...but, a pineapple
    upside down cheesecake sounds awfully good. <G>

    Daryl

    ... Is there ever a day when mattresses are NOT on sale?
    --- MultiMail/Win32 v0.50
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, AR - wx1der.dyndns.org
  • From Kc2ugv@VERT/KC2UGV to Rocksteady on Thu Jul 21 11:27:47 2016
    Re: Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Rocksteady to Kc2ugv on Mon Jul 04 2016 08:53 pm

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...
    ...
    | Dial-in access is being worked on, as is AX25 access on 145.010MHz. |

    Pretty cool! Maybe you can share infos about your setup (Charger, Buffering Batteries). Also how you did it with AX25 (Hardware Modem or you use
    the Linux AX25 stack)?

    73!

    Rocksteady




    ... We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public

    So, the current setup is a RPi 2, 40Ah of SLA batteries, 30W solar panel, and a cheapy charge controller from Amazon.

    I originally started with 20Ah of battery, but saw one cloudy day put me in a voltage deficit it couldn't dig itself out of. With the additional 20Ah, it seems to float well.

    I likely will need to add another 30W panel (Or, swap for a 80W), to tide me through winter.

    It also originally started off inside of an ammo can, outdoors. I've learned the lesson: Heat and digital electronics don't get along. So, the Pi + Battery system is coming indoors, and the panel outdoors (A more typical setup).

    For the AX25 portion, that's actually running on another Pi near the radio. Using Direwolf for the modem, and Linux Node for BBS access (Added the BBS command to the config, and it telnets to the BBS). I tried running them on the same hardware, but the RPi isn't powerful enough to pull duty as a soundmodem and running a BBS.

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    ■ Synchronet ■ Solar Pi - telnet://solarpi.coreyreichle.com
  • From Jon Justvig@VERT/STEPPING to Daryl Stout on Thu Jul 21 21:22:00 2016
    Daryl,

    Daryl Stout had something to say to Digital Man <=-

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    I don't know much about a Raspberry Pi...but, a pineapple
    upside down cheesecake sounds awfully good. <G>

    Pi or cheesecake...hmmm... Cheesecake please... numm, numm...


    Sincerely,
    Jon Justvig
    Stepping Stone BBS
    http://vintagebbsing.com:81
    telnet://vintagebbsing.com

    ... "42? 7 and a half million years and all you can come up with is 42?!"
    --- MultiMail/Win32 v0.49
    ■ Synchronet ■ Stepping Stone BBS -- telnet://vintagebbsing.com:23
  • From Poindexter Fortran@VERT/REALITY to Jon Justvig on Fri Jul 22 06:38:45 2016
    Re: Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Jon Justvig to Daryl Stout on Thu Jul 21 2016 09:22 pm

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    I like it, too. I'm thinking of a little alarm backup battery, solar panel, waterproof case and a weatherproof Wifi antenna.

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    ■ Synchronet ■ realitycheckBBS -- http://realitycheckBBS.org
  • From Rocksteady@VERT/THETUBE to Kc2ugv on Wed Jul 6 01:24:00 2016
    Hi Kc2ugv

    First many thanks for sharing this information! Thanks a lot!

    It also originally started off inside of an ammo can, outdoors. I've learned the lesson: Heat and digital electronics don't get along. So, the Pi + Battery system is coming indoors, and the panel outdoors (A
    more typical setup).

    Indeed, I had also termal issues with the Raspberry. Above 50°C my Raspberry will shutdown. I put some heat sink on the Chip. It helps a little but
    I need more airflow.

    For the AX25 portion, that's actually running on another Pi near the radio. Using Direwolf for the modem, and Linux Node for BBS access

    Will check Direwolf, looks so far very promising for me. Also it supports
    APRS out of the box.

    Again many thanks and best 73!
    Rocksteady


    ... The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room
    --- MultiMail/XT v0.49
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Tube BBS <!> Telnet://bbs.thetube.ch <!> ssh://bbs.thetube.ch:2222
  • From Mro@VERT/BBSESINF to Poindexter Fortran on Fri Jul 22 15:45:13 2016
    Re: Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Poindexter Fortran to Jon Justvig on Fri Jul 22 2016 06:38 am

    Re: Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: Jon Justvig to Daryl Stout on Thu Jul 21 2016 09:22 pm

    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...

    That is a neat idea. :-)

    I like it, too. I'm thinking of a little alarm backup battery, solar panel, waterproof case and a weatherproof Wifi antenna.



    or skip all that bullshit and keep it inside.

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  • From Daryl Stout@VERT/TBOLT to Jon Justvig on Fri Jul 22 22:07:00 2016
    Jon,

    I don't know much about a Raspberry Pi...but, a pineapple
    upside down cheesecake sounds awfully good. <G>

    Pi or cheesecake...hmmm... Cheesecake please... numm, numm...

    Most definitely. There is a place called "The Cheesecake
    Factory" not too far from my apartment. The bad thing is
    that all that is RICH!!

    Daryl

    ... A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
    --- MultiMail/Win32 v0.50
    ■ Synchronet ■ The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, AR - wx1der.dyndns.org
  • From Lith@VERT/ASIRTA to Kc2ugv on Sat Jul 23 21:15:43 2016

    > It also originally started off inside of an ammo can, outdoors. I've
    learned the lesson: Heat and digital electronics don't get along. So, the Pi + Battery system is coming indoors, and the panel outdoors (A more typical setup).

    You could try burying a garbage can and put the equipment in it. This would use the ground to regulate the temp. Buried garbage cans are used as root cellars.
    Don't know if it would work, but would be a good experiment.

    Lith,

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    ■ Synchronet ■ asirta.com - Retro Music / Games / Gear - asirta.com
  • From Zenobyte@VERT/ZENOLAB to KC2UGV on Wed Sep 28 13:34:47 2016
    Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: KC2UGV to All on Sat Jul 09 2016 06:55 pm

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    / _____/ ____ | | _____ _______\______ \__|
    \_____ \ / _ \| | \__ \\_ __ \| ___/ |
    / ( <_> ) |__/ __ \| | \/| | | |
    /_______ /\____/|____(____ /__| |____| |__|
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    A solar powered, Raspberry Pi, running Synchronet BBS...
    An amateur radio project, serving the public since
    June 2016!


    Whoa!!! would love to see some pics of the solar powered pi!!!

    I'm actually a Pi owner. Made my own bartop arcade cabinet with it running EmulationStation. Pretty impressive little computers aren't they? :D

    Zenobyte

    ... The wheel that squeaks the loudest is the one that gets the grease.

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    ■ Synchronet ■ @08@//::@02@ZENOLAB@08@::// @02@zenolab.syncrho.net:8022 @08@SSL Only
  • From kc2ugv@VERT/KC2UGV to Zenobyte on Fri Sep 30 14:18:00 2016
    When I get a chance this weekend , I'll get some pics of the unit, and some with it spread out a bit :)


    Corey, KC2UGV

    --- Mystic BBS v1.12 A31 (Raspberry Pi)
    * Origin: Solar Pi BBS
  • From Deavmi@VERT/PDBBS to kc2ugv on Thu Oct 6 00:20:51 2016
    Re: Re: Solar Pi BBS
    By: kc2ugv to Zenobyte on Fri Sep 30 2016 14:18:00

    Yes please do. That would be awesome.

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    ■ Synchronet ■ PipeDreams BBS - Burbank, Calif. USA - Earth