[App_rpt-users] Version 0.10

Steve Gladden steve at michiganbroadband.com
Tue Nov 24 16:30:58 EST 2009


hwstar at rodgers.sdcoxmail.com wrote:
>> From: "John \(WB5NFC\)" <wb5nfc at yahoo.com>
>> Date: 2009/11/23 Mon AM 10:17:23 PST
>> To: app_rpt <App_rpt-users at qrvc.com>
>> Subject: [App_rpt-users] Version 0.10
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>> Just ran astupd.sh on my node and got:
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>> You have ACID version: 0.9 and the version on http://dl.allstarlink.org is: 0.10
>> Fatal error: astupd.sh cannot be used, you must re-install ACID to update this system.
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>> Does 0.10 address any of the audio dropout problems recently discussed? Dropouts are a recurring problem on my nodes as well. Hate to do a complete reinstall, but willing if there's a reason.
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>> Thanks!
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>> John / WB5NFC
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> No need to upgrade just yet.
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> There have been no changes to app_rpt or chan_usbradio for ACID 0.10. ACID 0.10.The change from 0.9 to 0.10 was only
> because of some install script changes to support servers with large amounts of memory on them.
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> Regarding audio dropouts:
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> Some people have reported issues with audio dropouts, but I have not seen this on any system I installed on node 2011 so I don't really know how real this problem is. 
> Even if I did have a system exhibiting this problem, it would have to be investigated by the authors of the usb channel driver Jim Dixon, WB6NIL and Steve Henke, W9SH as they wrote the code and know where to look for problems.
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Hi Steve..
I've got ACID instaled & running on two much higher end systems now..
An Intel based Q6700 quadcore @3.2Ghz (overclocked) also tried it at 
stock 2.66Ghz speed :-)

And an AMD athlon64 running @2.8Ghz

Both systems still experience some audio dropouts...

I think it's possible that others have this issue but are not reporting it.
They are relatively infrequent (3-4 small pops per minute avg.) and do 
not keep you from running a usable system.

I've been testing in such a way that really makes the droputs show up as 
well..
On a normal system the dropouts are not going to be as obvious.
My test arrangement is this:

1. No timeout timer on repeater TX.
2. PL endcode from usbradio to transmitter.
3. CWID set to ID every 60 seconds
4. Beaconing turned on (so that cwid will go off on its own every minute.
5. issue "radio key" command to key radio and send PL

Audio plugged into a stereo system with good speakers and listening to 
the PL tone + CWID every minute for several days while I work on other 
things in the shop..
Yes people think I'm nuts for listening to that every minute..
Doesn't bother me a bit ;-)
I need to program someone else's callsign into it so people won't think 
I have Morse vanity issues.

I'll be trying out these other kernel options and Daves patches and 
report back with results as soon as I can get my kernel compiling lack 
of skills to cooperate













If you are relying on (usbradio) to provide pl encode then the dropouts 
can be an issue.
And you can hear them on the voice/cwid of the repeater.

On the faster systems my experience so far is that the dropouts sound 
'faster'.
I'll provide audio samples if needed.

I'll be back with much better data than I've provided so far on this issue.
This is awesome and I am having a lot of fun with it.







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