Mesh Applications

In Ventura County, we support several different types of applications on the digital mesh network:

Voice

We support a VOIP PBX on the network.  If you’d like an extension off the PBX, contact Paul, WD6EBY.   A Grandstream phone is recommended for best compatibility.  Model 1625 is currently recommended.   You can also use a softphone (software phone).   Linphone for MacOS, Linux and Windows works well.  It can be downloaded here.

VOIP voice chat.  We run a Teamtalk server on the network.  It supports text, audio and video chatting, and also allows you to share files and your desktop.  It can be used at any time and we encourage you to hang out there, just as you would on your local FM repeater.  

The Teamtalk client software can be downloaded here.   We have a Wednesday night voice net at 8:00 p.m. on the Teamtalk server.   If you’d like to participate, contact W6BI for an personal account on the server.   (userid:password of guest3:guest3 can be used for getting started).  The server hostname is k6pvr-svr.local.mesh  (it’s all needed; enter it as shown).

On the main screen when first installed, the third icon from the left on the top is “Enable Voice Activation”, and it’s defaulted to Enabled.  Click on it to disable VOX.

Under Client / Preferences set:

Your Nickname.  We use <name> <callsign>.

Your Push To Talk key.   Left Alt works well.

Under Client / Connection

Check the first two boxes:  “Connect to latest host on startup” and “Reconnect on connection dropped”.

Under Client / Sound System – make sure it’s configured for your preferred voice input/output devices.  A USB headset with microphone boom provides excellent audio.

 

 

 

Screenshot of Sunday night Teamtalk net

Keyboard Communications

Ventura County uses IRC (Internet Relay Chat) for keyboard communications.  There are IRC servers linked together throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and L.A. Counties (plus one in Arizona).   They are available for your use on the network.  Install an IRC client and join us!  HexChat works well for Windows.  Those servers are:

  • km6fq-server
  • k6pvr-irc
  • n7qjk-host
  • k6tz-srv01
  • kg6wxc-host

Additionally there are web interfaces to the IRC network available.  They’re generally called “MeshIRC” and are available at least on the kg6wxc server.

Video

The Teamtalk server supports video chat if your link to the server is of high quality.

Beyond that, we have various webcams on the network. Most require an RTSP viewer to view them (either VLC or Mplayer for Windows).

Last updated 09/24/2018 – Orv W6BI