[aprssig] REF: MacAPRS + D7a

Matthew Stennett wa4tkg at yahoo.com
Sat Dec 31 03:12:47 CST 2005

I am running Mac APRS (OS 9 versions) with a 1st
Generation iMac; DV 400MHz.
My USB <> Serial adaptor is a Belkin F5U103-MAC
(cost me all of about $29 from MacMall)
If you bought your adaptor SPECIFICALLY for running
I would suggest one of these Belkin, and try it out.
If it doesn't work, send it back.
Mine works just fine with my set up, and my stuff is

> On Dec 30, 2005, at 12:54 PM, KC2MMi wrote:

> Been trying to get my new D7 working with my new
> Powerbook.
> I am using a
> USB->Serial converter that shows up as
> /dev/tty.usbserial0 .

> I'd MOST STRONGLY suggest that first you try using
> the radio with a Wintel
> PC
> (sorry) that has a real hardware serial port on it.
> In the Wintel world we
> see a
> lot of problems caused by USB/Serial adapters that
> simply don't work 100%
> properly. The fastest way to make sure that your
> cable & radio configuration
> are
> correct, is to try them on a machine that has a real
> serial port so that is
> simply not an issue.
> These usb/serial problems are largely confined to
> wintel boxes. If he were
> trying to get it to work on a windoze box your
> suggestion has much merit,
> but he isn't.
> If the device has Mac OS X drivers, it's probably
> gonna work. I'm going to
> go out on a limb and guess he's got a Keyspan device
> (because of the device
> special file name), in which case he's in good
> shape. I rate a Mac with a
> Keyspan serial adapter as being just as good as a
> wintel box with a hardware
> serial port.
> If you happen to have a computer with a real
> hardware serial port handy,
> fine, go test with it, but I wouldn't go to a whole
> lot of trouble to get
> one, especially if you haven't checked these things
> yet:
> Other problems: Plain defective cables, even from
> Kenwood. Or pins2/3 cross
> wired, triple check the pin outs and cables if they
> are home wired. Then
> swap
> pins 2/3 and try again anyway, the diagrams and
> nomenclature are often
> unclear.
> Yep, check all these things at least twice.
> It would be terribly convenient if there was another
> ham in your
> neighborhood with a working cable you could borrow
> for a few minutes.
> -Jason
> kg4wsv
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