[pskmail] Re: Client and server problems!

  • From: John Douyere <vk2eta@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 13:25:39 +1100


Not wanting to jump the gun, but I believe that if we can synchronize our
frequencies it would be better since the traffic is still minimal here in
VK. So if you want to propose some frequencies (I am assuming you  plan to
scan but that is not mandatory at all), then I can align mine on yours or
mix and match if QRM is an issue on either side.

Traditionally I have been using dial frequencies (+1000Hz audio) 3636, 7233
and in the past also 3624, 7032, 10123. These were chosen mainly to avoid
QRM at home but they are not set in concrete.

From a propagation point of view I had good results up to 500Km day time on
80M and sometimes on 40M. Over 500K 40M was better on day time (up to the
nearly 1000Km I tested it to). I never tried 30M so I can't comment apart
from the fact that it seems to give good results during daytime at around
1000Km and over (beacon calls from 4X4 radio clubs stations).

I use a G5RV with an autotuner and therefore can cover all bands. This works
well although at reception I can loose some sensitivity on the bands other
than one of the last tuned transmission. But since the noise on the low
bands is generally high it is not a real issue and I get enough sound level
in the PC to trigger a reply by the server. Then the autotune comes on and I
get full sensitivity for the rest of the connection.

I am installing the java client version on my server at home and will try
via to get to your server. Should be anytime soon.

73s, John

P.s: are you on Skype or other IM system?

Also to avoid occupying in this reflector here is my direct email address:
vk2eta <at> gmail <dot> com (I am trying to avoid spam)

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 12:47 PM, Steve <stevez@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello John,
> I've been testing on 10.147 (+1000Hz), PSK125. My server is listening on
> that right now.
> I'm VERY happy to listen to advice on what freq I should be using to avoid
> interference with others though. I know that your server scans near this
> frequency, and I know 300bd APRS is close as well.
> Please have a go at connecting. I'm just outside of Canberra so maybe we
> need a day with high MUF for NVIS..
> I'm going to be testing from a location around 40km away tomorrow, so I may
> change frequency down to 80 meters for 24 hours starting tomorrow morning.
> Steve.
> John Douyere wrote:
>> Great progress Steve. I noticed the gating messages on my server
>> indicating that you were connecting to yours.
>> If you want I can try connecting to your server for tests as I am back in
>> VK now. Just give me the frequency (frequencies if scanning).
>> 73s, John (VK2ETA)
>> On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 8:09 AM, Steve <stevez@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:
>> stevez@xxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>>    Server problem found and fixed!
>>    After much discussion with Per and Rein, Per suggested to me that
>>    maybe my ISP's SMTP server required a HELO - even though it
>>    doesn't require authentication. Apparently this is unusual.
>>    Some quick testing showed that this was indeed the case. A minor
>>    change to the server code to always include a HELO message was
>>    suggested to me, and this fixed the problem.
>>    Per and Rein mentioned that they will incorporate this into future
>>    server code.
>>    For me, this was a bit of an obscure fault and to have it fixed
>>    within a couple of hours of my original message to this group was
>>    fantastic.
>>    Thanks!
>>    Steve (VK2ZSZ)
>>    Steve wrote:
>>        Hello all,
>>        I'm making some progress on getting VK2ZSZ-1 server up, but am
>>        having some problems.
>>        First, a quick note about the client.
>>        When it starts up, it would not talk to FLdigi. As soon as the
>>        client started, it asked FLDigi to transmit MULTIPSK-OFF
>>        (which it did transmit).
>>        After that, the client and FLdigi would no longer talk. I
>>        fixed this by commenting out the line "print $socket
>>        $pskmailon;" in psk_arq.pl .
>>        Has anyone else seen this?
>>        Latest PSKMail client. FLdigi 3.10 (via Fedora 10 repositories
>>        - also tried pre-compiled binaries from the author's web pake).
>>        Now for my server problems. Everything is working (web, POP3,
>>        APRS) - except sending emails.
>>        It isn't talking SMTP to my local ISP's sendmail server properly.
>>        I can send emails OK by telnetting into the SMTP server (port
>>        25) and manually forming an email. It doesn't need authentication.
>>        Could the problem only be that my mail looks like it is coming
>>        from "localhost.localdomain"?
>>        Any idieas? I'm almost there (and still excited about PSKMail!)
>>        Thanks all,
>>        Steve (VK2ZSZ)
>>        Here are some snippets from the log :-
>>        17:35 UTC Mar-12-2009: Receiving mail
>>        To: kl@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:kl@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>        Subject: Test
>>        Test
>>        .
>>        Net::SMTP>>> Net::SMTP(2.31)
>>        Net::SMTP>>>   Net::Cmd(2.29)
>>        Net::SMTP>>>     Exporter(5.62)
>>        Net::SMTP>>>   IO::Socket::INET(1.31)
>>        Net::SMTP>>>     IO::Socket(1.30_01)
>>        Net::SMTP>>>       IO::Handle(1.27)
>>        17:35 UTC Mar-12-2009:  0!s!""C06B 17:35 UTC Mar-12-2009:
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 220 mail.tpg.com.au
>>        <http://mail.tpg.com.au> ESMTP (mail5) Sendmail ready.
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> EHLO localhost.localdomain
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-mail5.tpgi.com.au
>>        <http://250-mail5.tpgi.com.au> Hello 61-242-105-47.tpgi.com.au
>>        <http://61-242-105-47.tpgi.com.au> [], pleased to
>>        meet you
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-PIPELINING
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-8BITMIME
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-SIZE 28521268
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-DSN
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-AUTH LOGIN PLAIN
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-STARTTLS
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250-DELIVERBY
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 250 HELP
>>        17:35 UTC Mar-12-2009: Connection open...
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> MAIL FROM:<sremote@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 550 5.7.1 <sremote@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>>... HELO localhost.localdomain
>>        from RFC 2606 reserved domains blocked
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> RCPT TO:<kl@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:kl@xxxxxxxxxx>>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 503 5.0.0 Need MAIL before RCPT
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> DATA
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 503 5.0.0 Need MAIL command
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> To: kl@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:kl@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> From: sremote@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2009 04:35:24 CST
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> Reply-To: sremote@xxxxxxxxxx
>>        <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> Subject: Test
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> Comments: Via PskMail.
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> PSKmail message from
>>        sremote@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> Test
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> .
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 500 5.5.1 Command unrecognized:
>>        "To: kl@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:kl@xxxxxxxxxx>"
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)>>> QUIT
>>        Net::SMTP=GLOB(0xa6861a4)<<< 500 5.5.1 Command unrecognized:
>>        "From: sremote@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sremote@xxxxxxxxxx>"

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