About This Site

And The Server It Runs On

We are slowly morphing this site, so don’t be surprised to see new content and upgraded features.  

N7OKN.com piggybacks on qso.com and runs on the same server. About March of 2021, I (John Griffith) upgraded n7okn.com from a text only site to a more professional looking WordPress site as it badly needed a facelift. Fred Atkinson, WB4AEJ helped me get started on it, and I appreciate his help and nudging.

Qso.com is a partnership between John Griffith, (N7OKN) and Warren Andreasen (K7CWA). The server in years past existed in various hardware configurations at Warren’s house, but with a move and cheaper Internet cost at John’s place, we moved it there. As technology has improved in the area of micro-computers, we decided to move the services to a Raspberry Pi 4 which Warren has provided and John hosts.

Raspberry Pi4 that hosts our web pages.

Warren does the updates and other maintenance remotely, and John handles the backups and any hardware issues. The Raspberry Pi has come into its own as a reliable affordable computer. This model has 8 GB RAM and a 256GB M.2 NVME drive. The drive is the long black thingy attached to the Pi. The Pi natively uses a micro SD card, but can be made to boot and run from its USB 3.1 ports making it faster and more reliable.

This is what the M.2 drive looks like out of its shell:

Solid State drives are in most laptops and many desktop computers these days. It’s preferred over spinning platters for a number of reasons.

This server runs on a variant of Debian called Buster for Raspberry Pi. We use Apache2 for the web server, and a stand-alone installation of WordPress for John’s n7okn.com site. This server currently hosts four domains, OpenFire XMPP server, a web based chat server, and a host of daemons and utilities to aid in maintenance.

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