DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 Configuring Partner Links

In Raspberry Pi 3, Softwareby K0PIR10 Comments


DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 SnapshotNow that we have our DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 running; the ./cluster.pl launched and we are able to bring up the console, we need to make some partner links. See my previous post, Raspberry Pi 3 DXSpider installation.

But first, there is the issue of making our DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 available on the internet.

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DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 Partner Links

You can get some partners by joining the DXSpider support list. Your partner will send you a node callsign, the host and port. You’ll need to reciprocate by sending them yours. In my example this is k0pir-3, dxc.k0pir.us on port 7300. I’ve read in the DXSpider manual and I would suggest keeping it simple using  just 2 or 3 nodes. Mine are on different continents.

 DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3 Configuring Partner Links

I’ll post a video and Word file at the end of this article giving the full instructions. Some things to note are:

  • The terms “partner node” and “adjacent node” are used interchangeably in my .docx. Meaning the callsign you get from your partner, such as k0pir-3.
  • The <adjacent_node_callsign> is entered for example as k0pir-3, without the <> symbols.
  • You should be able to copy and paste the scripts and commands in the .docx, however the commands sometimes will not work that way and need to be typed in. If you copy and paste a command and there is an error, please try typing the command.
  • We have a couple of scripts that will remove old logs. Courtesy DO7PSL.
  • We have another script that will make DXSpider run as a service. Courtesy SV5FRI.
  • I install and use sysv-rc-conf to enable DXSpider service at boot.
  • Backup your DXSpider Raspberry Pi 3. Buy a 32GB USB stick and back it up.

The Word document worked better for copying and pasting scripts, whereas the PDF document made problems. Here’s my Word document for configuring partner links: running-dxspider-on-raspberry-pi-3-and-configuring-partner-links.

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Thank you for coming by and please comment below.

73, good DX – Rich, K0PIR

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UPDATE: I discovered a constant error in /var.log/syslog: “rsyslogd-2007: action ‘action 17’ suspended, next retry is …” and followed this solution. tail -f /var/log/syslog is your friend! Logging of application errors.



  1. Hi Rich,
    I just finished installing a DXSPIDER with the explanations given on YOUTUBE. It works directly. This is not a RASPBERRY but a server hosted at OVH. The call is on5av-1.homelinux.net:7300.
    I am going to see our partner at a home, but I do not know if I stay in my country, my continent or another.
    Thank you for the great work.
    73 Patrick ON5AV
    PS: GOOGLE translation.

    1. Author

      Hi Patrick,

      Very nice to hear from you and thank you for the nice comment. I wish you the best and hope to hear you on the air. 73’s – Rich, K0PIR

  2. I’m waiting for someone to give me partner link info, any ideas?

      1. Rich, I did send the email to the support list although I didn’t include my node or port as I wasn’t sure if it would be right. I named it K0SZ-1 so would my node info I send out be dxc.k0sz.us on port 7300?

        Forgive my ignorance I don’t understand the code for the pi this is actually my first project with it.
        Thanks for your help in your site and on youtube, I appreciate guys like you being there.

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          That sounds right Darren.

          Mine is

          I’ll see if I can connect to you.

  3. Hello Richard good day
    I already managed to install the DXSpider on my raspberry, with its manual
    And it works fine, but I can add it as a node to
    Thanks Greetings from Tony EA4FIT

    1. Author

      Hi Tony,

      Nice to hear from you. I thought it was a little tricky adding nodes, but got the hang of it after a few. I still have to refer to my instructions, hi hi. Do you want me to add you as a partner? I had one node drop off, so I could use a replacement.
      Thank you for commenting and adding value for me and others.
      Best 73,
      Rich, K0PIR

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