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[aprssig] Serial port to USB question

Brad [VE3BSM] lists.nospam at bpsmicro.com
Sun Sep 4 01:24:08 UTC 2005

 I am attempting to connect my D700 to APRSPoint. I have a 'modern' Dell
laptop sans serial ports. I can attach the TNC output to a USB port using a
Belkin Serial => USB converter and can see the APRS packets streaming into a
terminal program - 9600Baud, 8N1. So I am sure the converter is working and
the comport selection matches what is found in the Windows XP Device table
(com4 in this case). However attaching in EXACTLY the same way to APRSPoint
and setting the TNC port as above does not work. I get the error message
"TNC not detected". I have MapPoint 2004 installed and am using AP 2.1 for
MP 2004. I AM a registered user of both MP and AP.
Unfortunately, support for the USB->Serial devices is highly dependant on
the individual programs. It's very common to find some programs that work
fine, and others that will not. Typically, older programs will suffer the
I have four different brands of USB->Serial converts here (including the
Belkin). No  one adapter will work with *all* programs, but the one I've had
the most success with so far is the Deluo model
ge=1> &cat=12&page=1). But your mileage may vary.
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