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[aprssig] Having trouble with APRS setup

John Denison kd5you at houston.rr.com
Tue Dec 28 19:39:38 UTC 2004

I set my path to RELAY,WIDE2-2 but am still not being heard by any other 
station. I tried another antenna in another location with the same 
results. I'm also considering getting the TinyTrak, but until then I'll 
stick with my KPC 3+ :-)

Mark Earle wrote:

> Keith,
> AI5TX-2 has moved somewhat lower and east of downtown - it's not where 
> the beacon would have you believe. We think there is a receiver issue. 
> I am in the middle of a move, and KB5OVJ hasn't yet had time to get by 
> the new site with test gear and verify what is going on. (We'll get 
> the "real" coordinates in at some point - everyone involved with the 
> digi has been extremely busy).
> When it was on a building - top, the noise floor was so bad, only a 
> signal greater than about 2 microvolts was being decoded. We've moved 
> it to a somewhat lower but much quieter (RF-Wise) site.
> You may wish to user a path of RELAY,WIDE2-2. This will virtually 
> assure that anywhere in the metro Houston area, you get gated to the 
> internet, and also rebroadcast by several stations around town.
> I have two set - ups in my tracker:
> RELAY,WIDE3-3   <-- What I normally run
> WIDE5-5 <-- on trips
> 146.840/103.5PL suffers the same noise floor problem as our digi did,
> until it was moved.
> The DIGI is a PacComm TNC-2 clone, with a Delta-S General Electric 
> radio converted to amateur operation by KC5EVE.
> I monitor 443.825/146.92 103.5PL on both, and 146.880/103.5 PL. When 
> on my home station also acdepts messages. WA2MCT-8.  My vehicle is a 
> tracker (transmit only) WA2MCT-9.
> Hope this helps.
> At 06:28 PM 12/27/2004 -0600, you wrote:
>> Thank you all for your replies. I went to Radio Shack and bought a 
>> null modem adapter, plugged it in, and now the TNC is transmitting. I 
>> changed the rate from 1 minute to 5. Everything seems to be working 
>> ok except that the digipeater in downtown Houston is not hearing my 
>> signal. I'm
>> @ Keith VE7GDH
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