I’ve recently treated myself to a Raspberry Pi to see what all the fuss is about. On first glance, it looks like a cute little box that can do a lot of the stuff a big server can do – albeit without the power.
But for something simple, like a long-planned APRS digipeater, it looks like a viable platform.
One of the first things I discovered is the lack of an on-board hardware clock… which means using Network Time Protocol. So here is my first Raspberry Pi tutorial… installation and configuration of an NTP server.
Installing NTP is quite straightforward:
pi@ADB-raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install ntp
The default configuration is OK at this stage, and the service should auto-start. To check the status:
pi@ADB-raspberrypi ~ $ ntpq -p
which should reply with something like:
remote refid st t when poll reach delay offset jitter ============================================================================== +ns1.nexellent.n 18.104.22.168 2 u 11 128 377 26.191 -1.973 0.248 *time2.ethz.ch .PPS. 1 u 48 128 377 24.004 -1.298 0.157 -ns2.telecom.lt 22.214.171.124 2 u 22 128 377 53.125 0.269 0.213 +ns0.luns.net.uk 126.96.36.199 2 u 16 128 377 15.010 -0.477 0.138
Coming next… interfacing a GPS to provide time-synchronisation and positional data.