Thanks Tom, Gerry and Donna for your help.
Finally got it done.
> On Mar 25, 2015, at 12:18 PM, Tom McDermott <tmcderm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Mar 2015, Smith, Neil R wrote:
>> Have a txt file of buoy data, 2015030900_boy.txt, downloaded from archive
>> Would like to decode it to .gem format.
>> How? I don’t have the man pages.
> There aren't any man pages for the gempak decoders. Instead you have to
> invoke the decoder with the '-help' option, thus:
>  vortex% dcmsfc -help
> DCMSFC decodes raw buoy, ship, C-MAN, and Coast Guard reports from
> a real-time data feed, or from a file fed to the program through
> standard input, and writes the data to a GEMPAK surface file. The
> program is controlled by inputs to the command line.
> The inputs are program options and the output file name or template.
> For example, for real-time data feeds:
> dcmsfc [options] output_file
> Currently, the decoder can be run in two different modes. If the -a
> option is not used, the decoder will create hourly files of all
> marine surface data (ship, C-MAN, fixed and drifting buoys, Coast
> Guard). If the option "-a 6" is specified, 6-hour files of ship
> data only will be created. For real-time operation, output files
> have the form YYYYMMDDHH.ship, and are placed in different
> directories depending on whether they are hourly or 6-hour files.
> If running the program interactively with standard input, the -c
> option must be used. The input file must be also be specified.
> For example:
> dcmsfc -c YYMMDD/HHNN [other_options] output_file < input_file
> A template may be used to specify the output file name. The file
> name template uses the date and time of the bulletin or report
> to replace the following characters.
> YYYY or YY Year with or without the century
> MM Month number
> DD Day
> HH Hour
> NN Minute
> DECODER OPTIONS
> The valid options are:
> -v N Set the level of verbosity for the logs
> -c curtim Set the "current" time
> -b nhours Number of hours to decode prior to "current" time
> -d decoder_log Set the decoder log file name
> -t time_out Set the interval for the time out
> -n Set a flag to NOT save the text data
> -h Print the help file, then exit the program
> -p prmfil Set the parameter packing table
> -s stntbl Set the station table
> -S stntb2 Set the second station table
> -a iadstn Set the number of additional stations
> -m maxtim Set the maximum number of times
> -e PARM=value Set the environment variable PARM to value
> -w iwndht Cutoff height for dropsonde "close-to-surface" winds
>> Version 5.11.1<
> Here's my pqact for invoking dmsfc:
> # ship, buoy and CMAN
> PIPE decoders/dcmsfc -b 9 -a 10000
> -d data/gempak/logs/dcmsfc.log
> -e GEMTBL=/weather/NAWIPS/gempak/tables
> So some variation on these options might work for you. Hope that helps.
> Tom McDermott 305 Lennon Hall
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