Packet BBS

I’ve been toying around with the idea of setting up a packet BBS for quite some time now.  I run my regular BBS on a pretty stout server running Slackware Linux so I had been researching on how to set up a packet BBS. Talking with my friend Bob N1UAN who is a guru at these things, I started looking around for a radio.  I picked up a Motorola Radius M120 (2 channel VHF 45W radio) for $20 at the local hamfest last month.  Tonight I found a professionally-made Signalink interface cable for the M120 on eBay.  I just need to pick up another Signalink (mine is use on my FT-450D) and I should be good to go.  I already own a RIBless programming setup for my other Motorola radio, a Radius GP300, that will work with the M120.  This ought to be fun even if it doesn’t get a lot of use.  More on that project as it happens.

I have not been on the air much due to antenna issues.  I’ve decided that for Christmas, I’ll buy one of the nice EFHW antennas from  I’ll also mount the antenna on one end to a tripod I’ll mount on the roof of the shed my shack is in and the other end to a tree on the far end of our property.  That should get me back on the air.  It’s getting to be the right weather to hang out in a warm ham shack on the air…


About Sean

I'm Sean KD5COL. I'm an active amateur radio operator and hold my Extra class license. I am an ARRL-accredited VE. I enjoy many aspects of amateur radio but my favorite aspects are chasing DX, working special event stations, and building my own wire antennas.
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