APRSd on a virtual machine

Keyspan USA 19HIn the manual that came with my Kenwood TM-D710 I found a section about Automatic Packet Report System (APRS) and how to configure it. I thought it would be cool to configure my rig as an iBridge (repeater like option in APRS) to the internet. Then local packets my rig picks up, are being relayed to the Internet. Before I offer a dedicated machine for this functionality I want to figure out how this works under Linux. So I made a virtual machine on VirtualBox on my MacPro and installed Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support). With a simple: #sudo aptitude install aprsd the daemon was installed. The standard configfile didn’t look like rocket science so I should be online in no time. At least, that was the idea. Because I’m running into a little problem: I cannot connect my Keyspan usb-to-serial-adapter to my virtual machine. Don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but VirtualBox keep saying the device is already busy. It worked with VMware’s Fushion for Mac. But since my only license for version 3 isn’t working under Mac OSX Mountain Lion and I’m not willing to pay another 70 dollar to upgrade to version 4, it’s not an option to test it with Fushion. Without serial link between my rig and the vm there is little to test. So I guess I have to switch to a dedicated machine after all…

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