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[aprssig] D700 owners question

Chris Rose kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Sat Oct 16 15:36:18 UTC 2004


Floyd,
The THD7 will run with a laptop running a terminal
program or APRS program to run packet.  However, it
won't act as a digipeater as the TNC doesn't have the
smarts for it.  It won't act as a mail box drop
either.  It will allow message handling point to point
OK.    
Also remember the HT doesn't have huge RF punch so you
will need to be able to hit a digi close by or hear a
digi close by to make your packet system work.  
If you are in a situation that you are only a few
miles away from all the action you need to see and
hear like a local walk or bike event, you can stand up
a 20-25' antenna and run your packet net comfortably
with you at the center.  I've done that twice
recently.  We used APRS to track runners at a local
annual event with trackers in the lead and tail cars.
For a local emergency if you only need to cover a few
miles, it will work but plan on the big antenna.

73,
Chris 
KB8UIH

--- Floyd Rodgers <kc5qbc at swbell.net> wrote:

> I'm looking at the D700 to use for a small emergency
> group. Does the radio 
> by itself offer enough standard packet abilities to
> make the combination of 
> tnc and separate radio not worth it? In other words
> what are the strengths 
> and weaknesses of the D700 running solo? The
> expected usage mode is 
> listening to vhf voice on one side while monitoring
> the packet vhf side 
> with a laptop.
> 
> Floyd Rodgers KC5QBC
> Multi ended candle burning artist in training
> > 
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