Using the Puppystick
for the PSKmail server and client

The puppystick is an ideal companion for your next dxpedition. It contains a full Puppy Linux 6.0 operating system for any windows or linux laptop, and writes all your data to the USB stick rather than the hard disk of the laptop you are using...

That means you can just borrow somebody's computer for checking your mail, facebook or twitter account without leaving a trace on the computer.

And it allows you to use the xyl's windows laptop after yours is broken...

The operating system already contains most of the programs you will need when you are travelling:

The hamapps addition contains all ham programs you need for your next dxpedition. Applications include:
  • Tlf contest/dxpedition logger for M/M M/S and M/2 contesting
  • Xtlf contest and DXpedition logger
  • Xlog logging program
  • Xdx cluster client
  • Cwdaemon cw generator
  • Winkeyrdaemon Linux interface for the winkeyer cw machine
  • GcmWin with embedded VOACAP propagation engine
  • gPredict satellite follower
  • Fldigi digital modes program, pre-configured for jPSKmail
  • Xastir APRS client, (with connection to jPSKmail aprs server)
  • zyGrib, a grib file and WX analysis viewer for sailors to show wx charts
  • xnec2 antenna modelling program

The programs on the disc can be updated by downloading a new .pet file and installing it (one click in puppy...)


You can download the image here:



Install an ext2 file system on the stick (minimum 2 GB, 16 GB is ideal) using any linux system.
Unzip the image using gunzip and write to the USB stick with:
dd bs=4 if=dxpeditionstick-1.0.img of=/dev/sdx
(where x is the USB device)
you can find out what the device name of the USB stick is by doing a 'dmesg' in a terminal after you attach the stick...
Be sure you know the right device name!!

After the image has been written to the stick you can extend the partition to cover the whole USB stick using gparted, which gives you plenty of storage for data...


Unzip the image using winzip and write to the USB stick.

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