[aprssig] KPC3+ in CMD mode or KISS using XASTIR
droobie at maine.rr.com
Thu Apr 28 23:08:20 CDT 2005
K1XVM runs Xastir and has for a long while. It's also the backup DNS
server for the intranet and microwave networking project here.
I use VNCServer as my XWindows Server, and then I run Xastir through it on
FreeBSD. I can safely say it's been a maint. free machine all in
all. When I had it all on an old Sparc Ultra 1, it was as well. I had to
down it this week to do some debug for another project using the hardware,
but it's been up using a Belkin UPS without issues. Best of all Xastir and
VNCServer are FreeBSD ports, which means I can do a portupgrade and upgrade
it and the dependencies with ease.
I use the Alinco DR-135TP because it was a relatively inexpensive TNC/2m
Radio. It doesn't seem to support KISS very well last time I tried it though.
There are worse things you could do than use Xastir. Needless to say it
works well on old and cheap hardware, the Ultra 1 I used to use was 100
bucks on Ebay and it ran Debian Linux.
At 12:01 AM 4/29/2005, Patrick Green wrote:
> I want to set up my dad with a Xastir setup. He's 1 1/2 miles away
>and would serve extremely well as a fill in digi. The issue that I'm
>worried about is staying on the air. While XASTIR is a reliable
>program, I would like to have fallback capability in case the
>application isn't running, power outage, etc. I have an old MFJ-1270B
>but was looking at the KPC3+ as something to purchase that is current
>in APRS support without a host program running. Is it worth $200 to
>get a KPC3+? I'm in awe that they want that much money for "old"
>technology. Wow, it has 128K of memory. I recently got a 128M USB
>flash drive for $5. I figured that they would have made thousands of
>these things as they are 10+ years on the market now. Let me know if
>it's worth the extra money or if running KISS with the MFJ is worth
>the risk. Perhaps I should run VNC server and restart it should it
>73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.
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