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UniTrunker Automated File Merge

I’ve put together some tools to analyze UniTrunker data.  The details can be found here: UniTrunker file merge.

These tools are great, but fairly labor-intensive. So in an effort to automate the process and spend more time viewing the files and less time processing them, I recompiled the merging program and wrote a Linux script to do the work.

This processing could be done on a Windows machine using scripts and tools there, but I decided that I’d rather work in Linux for file viewing and processing.  This leaves my Windows machines to run  UniTrunker and create the logfiles, and my Linux machine to copy that logfiles and do the processing.

There are a few manual tasks that I had to perform initially.  These include:

1. Export the system.xml file from UniTrunker and run either msxsl.exe or xslproc to extract group and user information into a .txt file.
2. Set up the folders and file hierarchy in advance
3. Mount the shared file location of the UniTrunker-logfile on the Windows computer

Once these tasks were done, I created a script for each system I was going to export and a cron job to run them each night shortly after midnight after UniTrunker had created and zipped the daily logfiles.

A link to the Linux version of UTC to merge logfiles with user and group data can be found here: UTC file

An example of the script I created:

datestring=$(date +%Y%m%d)
yesterday=$(date --date="yesterday" +%Y%m%d)
yearmonth=$(date --date="yesterday" +%Y%m)
filestring=UniTrunker-$yesterday.log.Z #Name of logfile created by UniTrunker
filestring2=UT$yesterday.log.Z #Shorten filename for ease
#Copy logfile from Windows machine to Linux machine for unzipping:
cp /mnt/nameofwindows/computerRunning/unitrunker/S00000031/$filestring ~/Documents/UTSort/raw/$filestring2
gunzip /home/parallels/Documents/UTSort/raw/UT$yesterday.log.Z #unzip logfile
#Move unzipped file to log storage location:
mv /home/parallels/Documents/UTSort/raw/UT$yesterday.log /home/parallels/Documents/UTSort/$yearmonth/Davis/UT$yesterday.log
#Run UTC sort/merging program to add user names and group names to logfile in addition to UID and GID numbers
#Note: Prior to running this script, it is necessary to export the System.xml file in UT and then run MSXSL.exe in Windows
#or xsltproc in Linux to create users.txt and a groups.txt files to be used by the UTC sort/merging program
UTC /your/path/here/$yearmonth/SystemName/UT$yesterday.log /your/path/here/users.txt /your/path/here/groups.txt $processfile
#Below are examples of searches/sorts that I do on the logfiles to sort via talkgroups or users or find unknowns.
#Place your talkgroup IDs or search terms in the field after grep and create folders and change filenames to be relevant
#to your local groups and users:
more $processfile | grep ,X | grep -v XP >${processpath}/WXPD/WXPD$yesterday.txt #WX PD
more $processfile | grep 10816 >${processpath}/Ops5/Ops5$yesterday.txt #Davis County Ops 5
more $processfile | grep 10848 >${processpath}/Ops6/Ops6$yesterday.txt #Davis County Ops 6
more $processfile | grep 8544 >${processpath}/BountPD1/BountPD1$yesterday.txt #Bountiful PD 1
more $processfile | grep '9440\|9408' >${processpath}/DavisLaw/DavisLaw$yesterday.txt #Davis Law 1 and 2
more $processfile | grep 9952 >${processpath}/DavisService/DavisService$yesterday.txt #Davis Service
more $processfile | grep 17600 >${processpath}/NRegional/NRegional$yesterday.txt #Northern Regional
more $processfile | grep 18464 >${processpath}/Event2/Event2$yesterday.txt #Event 2
more $processfile | grep  ', ,G' >>${processpath}/Unknown/DavisUnknown$yearmonth.txt  #unknown users
more $processfile | grep 'G,.*, ,'>>${processpath}/Unknown/DavisUnknownTGID$yearmonth.txt #unknown talkgroups
sort -u -t, -k8,8 ${processpath}/Unknown/SLCUnknownTGID$yearmonth.txt | cut -d, -f8 | sort -n>${processpath}/Unknown/SLCUnknownTGIDSorted$yearmonth.txt #List unknown TGID numbers
sort -u -t, -k5,5 ${processpath}/Unknown/SLCUnknownUID$yearmonth.txt | cut -d, -f5 |sort -n>${processpath}/Unknown/SLCUnknownUIDSorted$yearmonth.txt #List unknown UID numbers

If you’re interested in compiling the UTC program yourself, email me and I’ll get you the source code.

BC890XLT Discriminator Tap


BC890XLT Discriminator Tap

Last week I bought a used Uniden BC890XLT scanner and added a discriminator audio tap.  Here’s how I did it:
The first thing to do was open the case.  The outer sleeves come apart on the top and the bottom.  There are 2 screws on each side and one screw on the back that I removed.  I took both the top and bottom sleeves off to explore the inside, and discovered I only needed to remove the top to tap the discriminator audio.  Once inside I found the location of the discriminator audio which is pin #10 of IC #3, 3359DA.  Pin #10 is on the top right corner of the chip:

Rather than solder to the chip, I preferred to solder to the lead to the resistor at TP3 which is connected directly to PIN #10 of the IC.  I put a 10K ohm resistor in series with a 10 Î¼F tantalum capacitor. 

I wanted this modification to be removable so I didn’t drill a hole in the case. Rather, I ran a connected wire to the outside of the case through an opening in the side of the case. 

I then ran the wire in the space between the case and the outer sleeve on the side.  I then ran it around the corner to the back of the scanner.  I connected the ground wire to the chassis via the screw that holds the accessory RCA jack.  I put heat shrink tubing on the outside of the wires and connected them to a 1/8″ mono phone jack.  

Radio Shack Part Numbers:
1/4-Watt 10K ohm resistors – #271-1335
10μF Tantalum Capacitor – #272-1436
1/8″ Mono In-line Phone Jack – #274-0333
Assorted Heat Shrink Tubes – #278-1627