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2339RE: [BPQ32] Tiny BPQ Switch

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  • John Wiseman
    Oct 10, 2009
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      I'd looked into building a PC-104 based switch, but never quite got round to it. Your's looks pretty neat.
       
      There is also a version of DOS BPQ for the Kantronics Data Engine, Although these have been out of production fr a while they occasionally appear second hand, and there are quite a few still runnnig as hilltop BPQ Nodes.
       
       
      73,
      John
       
      -----Original Message-----
      From: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BPQ32@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Charles Brabham
      Sent: 10 October 2009 02:00
      To: BPQ32@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [BPQ32] Tiny BPQ Switch

       

      Here's a four port BPQ switch utilizing a PC-104 form industrial computer, a 33 Mhz 486 that in a previous life operated a touchscreen data pad. It needed a new 3v motherboard battery and I had to cobble together the I/O connections.
       
      It runs on 5v DC, has a flash drive ( no moving or rotating parts ) a built-in watchdog setup and is hardened to take industrial conditions. ( Dust, vibration, temperature etc. )
       
      It fits in an old case for an MFJ 1270c with room to spare.
       
       
      I use ROMDOS, a special DOS for PC-104 computers, and it works flawlessly with DOS BPQ. There is also a copy of FBB BBS i9stalled, so I can connect on the air and do software updates, reboots, etc. using FBBDOS. I do not use it as a BBS but in a pinch, I could.
       
      So - if anybody asks if BPQ can be utilized in remote mountaintop node sites, you can say "You bet!"
       
      Note that I also have a four port FlexNet digi installed in the Flash drive, and can switch between one system and the other by altering the autoe*ec.bat file.
       
      I think this probably gets the prize for the tiniest BPQ switch - and it is also one of the toughest.
       
      The newer industrial PC's could run BPQ32, as they generally operate with Windows. - I got this older PC-104 for 29 bucks.
       
       
      73 DE Charles, N5PVL
       
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