Multimon was originally written by Tom Sailer HB9JNX/AE4WA in 1996. MultimonNG in an updated fork of multimon by Elias Oenal. It can decode:
POCSAG512 POCSAG1200 POCSAG2400
UFSK1200 CLIPFSK AFSK1200 AFSK2400 AFSK2400_2 AFSK2400_3
ZVEI1 ZVEI2 ZVEI3 DZVEI PZVEI
EEA EIA CCIR
I like how lightweight the program is. It decodes a number of things, and with a script to watch it's output it can be used to do things. Using the DTMF demodulator, for example you can use it to perform various functions when it hears/sees a matching DTMF string.
In the past I have even changed the DTMF tone definitions (defined in Hz) so I could receive text message alerts when a matching Fire/EMS two tone was received. (ref) In 2010 I blogged about the need for an open source way to decode EAS/SAME data. It does that now, thanks to the open source community listening and their efforts.
The rest of this document will show you how to get multimon-ng installed on the Raspberry Pi micro computer. Examples for DTMF control will also be shared.
Since the Raspberry Pi lacks a sound input, obviously you'll be adding a USB sound device. I recommend the SYBA SD-CM-UAUD USB CM119 audio adapter. But a lot has gotten easier since early 2013 when the Wheezy kernel support and sound configuration was limited. Others will likely work. I have not had to manually provision asound.conf for example since late 2013.
For gods sake, give yourself root access.
[email protected] ~ $ sudo passwd root
The needed stuff. multimon-ng uses pulse audio:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get --no-install-recommends -y install git cmake libusb-1.0-0-dev libpulse-dev libx11-dev screen qt4-qmake libtool autoconf automake libfftw3-dev sudo apt-get install qt4-default sudo apt-get install pulseaudio
Get the source and compile it:
mkdir ~/src cd ~/src git clone https://github.com/EliasOenal/multimonNG.git cd ~/src/multimonNG mkdir build cd build qmake ../multimon-ng.pro make sudo make install
Start the pulseaudio dameon:
Start multimon-ng like so:
[email protected]:~# /usr/local/bin/multimon-ng -a DTMF multimon-ng (C) 1996/1997 by Tom Sailer HB9JNX/AE4WA (C) 2012-2014 by Elias Oenal available demodulators: POCSAG512 POCSAG1200 POCSAG2400 EAS UFSK1200 CLIPFSK FMSFSK AFSK1200 AFSK2400 AFSK2400_2 AFSK2400_3 HAPN4800 FSK9600 DTMF ZVEI1 ZVEI2 ZVEI3 DZVEI PZVEI EEA EIA CCIR MORSE_CW DUMPCSV SCOPE Enabled demodulators: DTMF DTMF: 5 DTMF: 5 DTMF: 5
If you get this error, when you try and start multimon-ng: ../unixinput.c: pa_simple_new() failed: Connection refused
Make sure you have the pulseaudio daemon started: pulseaudio -D Also try starting it using the full path: /usr/local/bin/multimon-ng
If something goes to crap, you can stop the pulseaudio daemon with: pulseaudio --kill
You can see in the screen output above I sent three DTMF 5's, and that is what it will display on the screen.
You'll have to use a perl script to interact with multimon's output. Here is an example:
Grab a copy with wget and then make it executable:
[email protected]:~# wget http://www.qsl.net/kb9mwr/projects/pager/multimon-perl.pl.txt [email protected]:~# chmod 777 multimon-perl.pl.txt
Now you'll start multimon-ng using the script like so:
[email protected]:~# ./multimon-perl.pl.txt 555 received
Once again I have sent three DTMF 5's
In the perl script, you can change the on trigger command strings to your liking "$on1_cmd = "echo 555 received";
You can have it speak responses using festival a text to speech engine. You can toggle the Raspberries GPIO to control a LED/relay, or power a solenoid to flush your toilet!
Optional but not necessary. Since you added a USB sound device, you might as make it your default sound device, for both input and output:
Edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf comment out "options snd-usb-audio
You want ""options snd-usb-audio index=0"
Edit /etc/modules to look like:
Multimon-ng for Weather Alerts
-= some ideas, a work in progress =-
Since CAT repeaters no longer sells the cheaper WD-100 weather decoder (the one where you pair it with your own receiver) the following will show you how to build your own digital decoder that responds to Specific Area Message Encoded (SAME) alerts transmitted by the NOAA weather station located in your geographic area. This would be a modernized version of the Computer Alert Interface that I documented 15+ years ago.
The eventual goal will be to pair a Micro-computer like the Raspberry Pi or Beagle Bone Black with a dedicated USB Software Defined Receiver (RTL SDR DVB-T Dongle RTL2832U) that is tuned to the NOAA frequency. The project should cost about $60, (less than half of the WD-100), and the activation codes and events should be easily user definable, as well as the alert start functions, as the project should try and mimic the functionality of the WD-100.
Upon a matching activation code alert, the micro-computers GPIO will be toggled, which can disconnect your repeaterís transmitter from the controller and connect it to the weather receiver temporally to transmit the warning message. Optionally using text to speech synthesis, alert messages can be generated from the micro-computer, and similarly be transmitted. Or for that matter just about anything else, including sending SMS alerts to phones.
But first we will experiment with pre-recorded SAME data bursts:
Here are some good test files (courtesy
of Thunder Eagle Alerting Systems):
[email protected]:~# /usr/local/bin/multimon-ng -a EAS -t wav test.10.3.wav multimon-ng (C) 1996/1997 by Tom Sailer HB9JNX/AE4WA (C) 2012-2014 by Elias Oenal available demodulators: POCSAG512 POCSAG1200 POCSAG2400 EAS UFSK1200 CLIPFSK FMSFSK AFSK1200 AFSK2400 AFSK2400_2 AFSK2400_3 HAPN4800 FSK9600 DTMF ZVEI1 ZVEI2 ZVEI3 DZVEI PZVEI EEA EIA CCIR MORSE_CW DUMPCSV SCOPE Enabled demodulators: EAS EAS: ZCZC-WXR-RWT-011001-024009-024017-024021-024031-024033-024037-051013-051043-051047-051059-051061-051099-051107-051113-051137-051153-051157-051177-051179-051187-051510-051600-051610-051630-051683-051685-054037+0030-2761515-KLWX/NWS- EAS: NNNN EAS: NNNN EAS: NNNN
From there you concoct a script to parse multimon's output for desired matching FIPS and Events, and have it toogle GPIO when it matches.
(This is the part that needs development)
NationalWeatherServiceInstruction10-1712.pdf - Detailed explanation of the SAME (specific area message encoding) format
If you are from Green Bay, Wisconsin here
are my preferred events/codes/regions that it should respond to...
Severe Thunderstorm Watch SVA
Severe Thunderstorm Warning SVR
Severe Weather Statement SVS
Special Weather Statement SPS
Tornado Watch TOA
Tornado Warning TOR
Winter Storm Watch WSA
Winter Storm Warning WSW
Flash Flood Watch FFA,
Flash Flood Warning FFW
Flood Watch FLA
Flood Warning FLW
Flood Statement FLS
Once you have Multimon installed and working it is time to get the dedicated RTL receiver going.
Install the necessary drivers to the system:
sudo apt-get install git sudo apt-get install cmake sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0.dev sudo apt-get install build-essential
Download and install rtl-sdr using the following commands:
git clone git://git.osmocom.org/rtl-sdr.git cd rtl-sdr/ mkdir build cd build cmake ../ make sudo make install sudo ldconfig
Before this will work you will need to locate your RTL directory using the file manger where the drivers where downloaded and copy the rules file (rtl-sdr.rules) into the /etc/udev/rules.d directory. Once you have done all this, plug in the RTL-2832U stick and issue the rtl_test -t command to make sure the Raspberry Pi sees your stick.
One more thing, you'll want to block the new DVB drivers from conflicting with the custom SDR driver in the event you upgrade the Linux distro. Add the following lines to the file /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf
blacklist dvb_usb_rtl28xxu blacklist rtl2830 blacklist dvb_usb_v2 blacklist dvb_core
Now you'll start the decoder by piping the RTL FM demodulator into it, for actual over the air use like so:
rtl_fm -f 162550000 -s 22050 - | multimon -a AFSK1200 -t
This command uses rtl_fm to receive the NOAA frequency of 162.55 MHz and demodulate that to 22.05kHz audio. The audio is then piped to multimon, the general purpose digital decoder program for Linux. Multimon is set up to try and demodulate the EAS/SAME data packet, which we experimented with before.