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Documentation for Dire Wolf

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Essential Reading

  • User Guide [ download ]

    This is your primary source of information about installation, operation, and configuration.

  • Raspberry Pi APRS [ download ]

    The Raspberry Pi has some special considerations that make it different from other generic Linux systems. Start here if using the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, cubieboard2, or similar single board computers.

Application Notes

These dive into more detail for specialized topics or typical usage scenarios.

  • Successful APRS IGate Operation [ download ]

    Dire Wolf can serve as a gateway between the APRS radio network and APRS-IS servers on the Internet.

    This explains how it all works, proper configuration, and troubleshooting.

  • APRStt Implementation Notes [ download ]

    Very few hams have portable equipment for APRS but nearly everyone has a handheld radio that can send DTMF tones. APRStt allows a user, equipped with only DTMF (commonly known as Touch Tone) generation capability, to enter information into the global APRS data network. This document explains how the APRStt concept was implemented in the Dire Wolf application.

  • APRStt Interface for SARTrack [ download ]

    This example illustrates how APRStt can be integrated with other applications such as SARTrack, APRSISCE/32, YAAC, or Xastir.

  • APRStt Listening Example [ download ]

    WB4APR described a useful application for the QIKCOM-2 Satallite Transponder.

    Don’t have your own QIKCOM-2 Satellite Transponder? No Problem. You can do the same thing with an ordinary computer and the APRStt gateway built into Dire Wolf. Here’s how.

  • Raspberry Pi APRS Tracker [ download ]

    Build a tracking device which transmits position from a GPS receiver.

  • Raspberry Pi SDR IGate [ download ]

    It's easy to build a receive-only APRS Internet Gateway (IGate) with only a Raspberry Pi and a software defined radio (RTL-SDR) dongle. Here’s how.

  • APRS Telemetry Toolkit [ download ]

    Describes scripts and methods to generate telemetry. Includes a complete example of attaching an analog to digital converter to a Raspberry Pi and transmitting a measured voltage.

  • 2400 & 4800 bps PSK for APRS / Packet Radio [ download ]

    Double or quadruple your data rate by sending multiple bits at the same time.

  • Going beyond 9600 baud [ download ]

    Why stop at 9600 baud? Go faster if your soundcard and radio can handle it.


  • A Better APRS Packet Demodulator, part 1, 1200 baud [ download ]

    Sometimes it's a little mystifying why an APRS / AX.25 Packet TNC will decode some signals and not others. A weak signal, buried in static, might be fine while a nice strong clean sounding signal is not decoded. Here we will take a brief look at what could cause this perplexing situation and a couple things that can be done about it.

  • A Better APRS Packet Demodulator, part 2, 9600 baud [ download ]

    In the first part of this series we discussed 1200 baud audio frequency shift keying (AFSK). The mismatch between FM transmitter pre-emphasis and the receiver de-emphasis will cause the amplitudes of the two tones to be different. This makes it more difficult to demodulate them accurately. 9600 baud operation is an entirely different animal. ...

  • WA8LMF TNC Test CD Results a.k.a. Battle of the TNCs [ download ]

    How can we compare how well the TNCs perform under real world conditions? The de facto standard of measurement is the number of packets decoded from WA8LMF’s TNC Test CD. Many have published the number of packets they have been able to decode from this test. Here they are, all gathered in one place, for your reading pleasure.

  • A Closer Look at the WA8LMF TNC Test CD [ download ]

    Here, we take a closer look at some of the frames on the TNC Test CD in hopes of gaining some insights into why some are easily decoded and others are more difficult. There are a lot of ugly signals out there. Many can be improved by decreasing the transmit volume. Others are just plain weird and you have to wonder how they are being generated.

Questions? Experiences to share?

Here are some good places to ask questions and share your experiences:

The github "issues" section is for reporting software defects and enhancement requests. It is NOT a place to ask questions or have general discussions. Please use one of the locations above.