Weather alert beacon exec for aprx >= 2.9 or Dire Wolf
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This software is written in python 3.4 and has been tested with aprx 2.9.x.
If you are running a version < 2.9.0 you should first update aprx.  The current
release of aprx may be found at http://thelifeofkenneth.com/aprx/debs/.

It has also been tested by N3TSZ in conjunction with direwolf.  Version 1.3
or higher is required.  The current release of direwolf may be installed on a
Debian or Raspbian system via:

sudo apt-get install direwolf

The current release of noaacap may be found at:

https://github.com/K2DLS/noaacap/releases

Once you are running aprx >= 2.9 or direwolf >= 1.3, install noaacap:

Install via sudo dpkg -i noaacap-0.9.1.deb.  Then, to satisfy the dependencies,
run sudo apt-get -f install.

==> APRX CONFIGURATION <==

Add a beacon section similar to the following to /etc/aprx.conf:

<beacon>

beaconmode both
cycle-size 2m

beacon via WIDE2-1 \
   srccall N0CALL-13 \
   timeout 20 \
   exec /usr/local/bin/noaacap.py

</beacon>

The timeout was needed on my older and slower single core Raspberry Pi Model B.
The aprx default timeout is 10 seconds and the timeout may not be needed on a
RPi 2 or newer.  If you see lots of "BEACON EXEC abnormal close" messages in
aprx.log, then you likely need to add the timeout.

The program will check for a new alert or update every 2 minutes, but only
send if there is a change.

==> DIREWOLF CONFIGURATION <==

Add a line similar to the following to direwolf.conf:

CBEACON EVERY=2 VIA WIDE2-1 INFOCMD="/usr/local/bin/noaacap.py"

==> NOAACAP CONFIGURATION <==

Edit /etc/noaacap.conf:

Do not remove the [noaacap] section header.

myTZ should be set to the Linux TZ value for the issuing office of your
preferred weather zone.  For a complete list of timezones, you may use
the following command:  timedatectl list-timezones | grep America.

myZone should be set to your county code.  A list of county codes may be found
at https://alerts.weather.gov/.  Only list one county.  The program will then
send the alert for all affected zones.  You could instead use a zone code if
you want to be more specific.

myResend should be set to 0 for no message resends or to an interval of your
choosing.  If noaacap beacons every 2 minutes, a value of 30 would provide
hourly resends.

Logging values are 0 (quiet), 1 (informational), and 2 (debug).  Logs are
written to the systemd journal.  You may view the logs in realtime using the
following command: sudo journalctl -f | grep noaacap.

USE

It would be good to hear from users of this software.  Please email
k2dls@k2dls.net with the callsign-SSID of your APRS station that is sending
weather alerts via this program.

Dan Srebnick, K2DLS
08/04/18