21 November 2021

Installing Pat (open source Winlink client) in FreeBSD

I decided to tinker around today and installed Pat, an open source Winlink2000 client written in Go, on my FreeBSD 13-powered desktop.  It's quite simple.  The directions to install Go under FreeBSD do not exist on the Pat website so I'll put them here for you.

The three-step process:

  1. Install Go:
    # pkg install go
  2. Set up needed paths in ~/.profile:
    export GOROOT=/usr/local/go
    export GOPATH=/$HOME/goprojects
    export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$GOROOT/bin:$PATH
  3. Run this command to download the code and compile it:
    go install github.com/la5nta/pat@latest 

Note on step 2: you can use whatever name you want for the directory.

Your binary will be hiding out in the bin directory in the GOPATH path.

Then configure Pat and you should be good to go.

Webpages used for this little FAQ:

I hope this helps!

Still off the air

 I haven't been on the air since April 2021 when I lost my IC-718 to lightning.  I'm still waiting on Social Security as I can't work anymore.  One of these days and hopefully soon I'll get back on the air!

22 August 2021

Waiting patiently

I'm still around...just off the air.  Since my radios got hit by lightning April 9, I've simply not had the money to fix them, sadly.  I have also moved into Johnson City in a small one-bedroom apartment and can't put an external antenna up so once I can get a radio going, I'll figure out a way to get back on the air.

21 March 2021


So I have found that there is some sort of new RFI bleeding into my receive signal.  I'm not sure what it is exactly but it sounds like some sort of 60 Hz tone.  It's a rough, pulsating tone and I am wondering if it's from some sort of wallwort in my shack.  Unfortunately, I have all of my computers and everything plugged in my shack but I am hoping that, with the purchase of a "new to me" used HP Z210 workstation to put the BBS on, I can put it outside of the shack or that with a newer computer there will be less RFI.  I will just kill the electricity to the entire shed and run my IC-718 on a battery to listen to what might be causing the issue.

20 March 2021

New headphones

I decided to splurge with this stimulus and bought myself a Heil Sound Pro Micro dual side headset.  It was $120 after tax with free shipping so not a bad deal.  I really need a better headset and mic to work DX with and for the price, I'm looking forward to much better listening and clearer audio output.  This headset has a microphone element designed to work with ICOM radios.  My dad gave me a footswitch so now I will me able to operate with both hands free.  I really like that; it will make it less stressful for me when I participate in contests, especially Field Day.  With an additional adapter, I can use this headset with m IC-706MKII which makes me happy as I will be able to get outdoors and operate.

16 March 2021

Busy busy

I have not been on the air very much lately.  I have been busy with a lot of other things but I am going to try to get on the air and work some DX this weekend.  I need to get up on my shed and fix my HF antenna.  I bent the aluminum conduit that the antenna is mounted on by cranking down too hard on its support line and not putting a countersupport line on the other side.  Saturday it's supposed to be sunny and 57F (14C).  If I am feeling up to it, I'm going to try to get that done.

07 March 2021


So after a long hiatus, I decided to run a contest again.  This weekend, from 7 PM EST Saturday to 7 PM EST, was the ARRL International DX Contest.  This one is where all of the stations in North America, save for Alaska, Hawaii, and a few other places (these are treated as DX for the contest), try to contact stations in other countries.  The premise of the contest is to improve operating skills and I do enjoy that aspect but I also enjoy the thrill of the chase, if you will.  I won this contest in my state and in my ARRL Division (Delta Division which is Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi) in 2016 "by accident".  I'm hoping to win this year also though in in a different operating category.

Installing Pat (open source Winlink client) in FreeBSD

I decided to tinker around today and installed Pat, an open source Winlink2000 client written in Go, on my FreeBSD 13-powered desktop.  It&#...