1589Kenwood D710 Development Release
- May 29, 2010Greetings,
I just released a new Development version that supposedly supports
Kenwood D710s differently than I had before. To anyone that wants to
give it a shakedown, please disable any existing RF Port and create a
new one. There are two types to choose from:
This will run the D710 in packet mode disabling all of the APRS features
of the device. It's actually much better to run it in KISS mode from a
throughput and overhead standpoint, but at least in this mode, if you
have a GPS connected to the D710, APRSISCE/32 will pick up its current
position via that connection even if you have no other GPS connected to
Credit to Kai Gunter LA3QMA for recommending this mode. This allows the
D710 to remain in APRS mode retaining all of the display features while
still passing received APRS packets via the control head's serial port
to APRSISCE/32. Again, if you have a GPS connected to the D710,
APRSISCE/32 will pick up a current position from that connection.
Full transmit functionality is available in APRSISCE/32 in both D710
modes. Messages, beacons, telemetry, IGate status can all be
transmitted out the RF channel. APRSISCE/32 will act as a bi-direction
IGate as well if you have APRS-IS enabled and connected.
It is most reliable if the D710's TNC is completely turned off when you
enable either of these two modes. Appropriate initialization commands
will be sent to the TNC to establish the mode such that APRSISCE/32 can
communicate with it. When the RFPort is disabled or the client is
exited, the TNC is closed and returned to an inactive state. You can
always mess with the <OpenCmd> and <CloseCmd> tags to change this
behavior if you want to experiment.
Let me know if any of you give these new modes a try. I'm anxious to
see if it works for you as it seems to work for me. BTW, hopefully I'll
be mobile tomorrow and the next day as KJ4ERJ-12 communicating through
Steve Hansen (KB1TCE)'s D710 that he graciously loaned me a few weeks
ago and has allowed me to keep far longer than I had hoped to need it.
If the next two days go well, the unit will be returned to him on
Tuesday, so get your bug reports in to me quickly!
Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
PS. KJ4ERJ-12 runs on my AT&T Tilt cellphone and is talking to the D710
TNC via a Bluetooth to serial link. Wireless from the radio to the
phone and cellular data connection to APRS-IS from there!
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