I just wanted to let you know of a configuration that works successfully
and what I did (with Chris' help) to get there.
First, I have PacSat ground AND Direwolf installed on a PC with Win11.
Plugged into the PC is a Digirig mobile. The DRM has a Baofeng/Kenwood HT
cable connecting it to a Kenwood D72. It appears not to require setting to
full duplex, so probably a different less fancy HT would work, although it
does require two VFOs.
Set the transmit VFO to 145935 MHz. Set the receive VFO to 435760MHz. On
the D72, I have to turn the volume up maybe 1/2 way. Probably turning the
squelch off would help too, although I did not have to.
Be sure you have at least a dummy load on the Pacsat board tx (the same
side as the LED and the console serial connector). It was more reliable
when I put a rubber ducky on, but you can make it with just the dummy load.
Now start up first direwolf using the command direwolf -q d -B 1200 (after
setting up the direwolf.conf file to be pointing to the correct input and
output audio devices as Chris mentioned earlier). Then start up PacSat
Ground. It should say a few things like "KISS is assumed ON" TNC IN FULL
On the "satellite console" enter "set rate 1200" and monitor on.
On the satellite if you type "send pb status" this should cause the
satellite to transmit, the HT to receive and pass the data to direwolf, and
direwolf will decode it and send to pacsat ground. You should see "PB
Empty" appear on the PacSat ground station. On Direwolf, you might see
"Audio input level is too high". I reduced the audio level until I did not
get anything, and then went up slightly. I could not avoid that message.
Now go to PacSat ground and hit the "DIR" key near the top. This will send
a message via direwolf and your HT to the "satellite", which will in turn
respond. PacSat Ground says something like TX: DIR REQ: HOLES etc. From
WB1FJ to VE2TCP-11. And finally OK WB1FJ (or whatever you put in for your
call). If you are not receiving a response from the satellite, PacSat
ground keeps resending every few seconds for a minute or so.
This is not very thorough because I can't say that I understand exactly
what is going on, but I did want to record that I got all of these various
components to work and approximately how. Chris, feel free to fill in, and
thanks for the help!
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ
*AMSAT(R) Engineering -- Flight Software*