[aprssig] PCSAT2 Server Settings - Important Information!

Phillip B. Pacier ad6nh at arrl.net
Fri Aug 5 14:29:12 EDT 2005

I think I had better write a little explanation as to how we set up the 
server network for the PCSAT2 data.  It is a little complex, but it was 
necessary to keep the data where it belongs.

For *sending* any APRS formatted data from any satellite, you can use 
any standard port on any server in the network.  You do have the option 
of using aprsca.net:10150 for sending your data as well.  This has not 
changed and will not change.

For *sending* any non-APRS formatted data, including the new 9600 baud 
PCSAT2 telemetry, you *MUST* use the new port 20150 on the PCSAT2 
servers.  The address to use is pc2.aprsca.net - this is a round-robin 
DNS address that will spread the connections out between the servers in 
the PCSAT2 network.  It is very important that 9600 baud telemetry 
SatGates connect to this address and this port so the non-APRS formatted 
data will not end up on the general APRS-IS network.

For *receiving* satellite data *without* the special 9600 baud 
telemetry, you can connect to any standard port on any server in the 
network.  You do have the option of using satgate.aprsca.net:10150 for 
this as well.

For *receiving* the special 9600 baud telemetry data by itself or in 
combination with any other satellite data, you *MUST* use 
satgate.aprsca.net:10150 for this purpose.  This is the only port and 
address currently operating that will combine the data feeds and send 
them to you, while NOT allowing the telemetry data to propagate to the 
APRS-IS.  Use your software's filter settings to select the appropriate 
filters according to the data you want to receive.

A couple of notes: I see some of you are connecting to port 20150 and 
setting a filter to see all satellite data.  Note that this will NOT 
work.  The only data you can *receive* on port 20150 is the special 
telemetry data, no matter what filters you set.  In short, if you want 
to receive the satellite data, please use port 10150.

If you have any questions about the PCSAT2 network, or how to arrange 
your connection, don't hesitate to send me an email.  Thanks!

Phil Pacier - AD6NH
PCSAT2 Server Coordinator (among other things...)

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