Packet Radio: ax25 node logon message: updating for a cleaner menu

After logging on to an ax25 node, you’re shown a message like this:

DAVBBS:KK6DCT-6 Welcome to KK6DCT-6 network node

Type ? for a list of commands. help <commandname> gives a description
of the named command.


@kk6dct-6 20:52:01>

This is what is shown by my node that I’m currently setting up. I’d like to show a list of the apps I currently have configured. You can see the configured commands by entering a ? as the message tells you, but the formatting is not ideal, especially as I’m adding more apps and this list is getting cluttered. This is what the ‘?’ command shows for my currently configured apps:

@kk6dct-6 20:52:01> ?
DAVBBS:KK6DCT-6 Commands:
?, Advent, Bye, Connect, Escape, Finger, Help, HItchhikers, HOst
Info, Links, Mheard, NLinks, Nodes, PIng, Ports, Routes, Status
TAlk, Telnet, TIme, Users, W1-WeatherDavisCA, W2-Weather5DaysDavisCA
W3-WeatherForCity, W4-Weather5DaysForCity, Z1-Zork1, Z2-Zork2
Z3-Zork3, ZConnect, ZTelnet

When you logon, the first part of the welcome message that’s displayed is configured in /etc/ax25/node.motd (message of the day). Editing this file I can now more cleanly format the menu (and I might come back and change some of the names of the apps to make the menu options clearer later) :

DAVBBS:KK6DCT-6 Welcome to KK6DCT-6 network node
  W1		- Weather in Davis, CA
  W2		- 5 day weather forcast: Davis, CA
  W3		- Weather in specified city
  W4		- 5 day weather forcast for specified city
  Advent	- Adventure / Colossal Cove
  Z1		- Zork I
  Z2		- Zork II
  Z3		- Zork III
Type ? for a list of commands. help <commandname> gives a description
of the named command.


Much better!

ISS SSTV decodes 6/23/21

Highest elevation on this pass was 50 degrees at 12:36PT. It’s interesting seeing the decodes getting progressively better as the signal strength increases towards the highest point, and then dies out again:





ISS SSTV decodes – 6/21/21

The ISS is transmitting SSTV on 145.800MHz this week, June 21-26. I left my laptop running during the day and here’s the decodes I captured. Equipment is an Icom 880h with a homebrew copper wire quarterwave groundplane, and I’m running the RX-SSTV software.

12:32 PT – the highest elevation on this pass was only 22 degrees at 12:34 PT:

12:36 PT:

12:41 PT:

Next pass, 14:09 PT – highest elevation 50 degrees at 14:11 PT:

14:12 PT – probably the best ISS SSTV decode I’ve got so far! :

15:48 PT – there were no ISS passes at this time today, so not sure what this one was: