[aprssig] PK88 as WIDEn-N Digi ?

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Wed Sep 14 16:35:02 CDT 2005

On Wed, 14 Sep 2005, KB5ILY - Travis W. Burton wrote:

> A couple of years ago I bought an old PK88 and I would like to set it up
> as an WIDEn-N Digi.

> Will it function as WIDEn-N digi:
> 			as is ?


>     with latest PK88 firmware ?

Nope.  Not as far as I know anyway.

> with some other firmware swap ?  (ie, Ui-digi, other ?)

Nope.  This TNC uses different hardware, a Z8530 chip (HDLC
controller chip, dual-channel) instead of a Z80 SIO chip like the
TAPR-2 chips.

The only alternate firmware I know of for them is perhaps a
standalone KISS firmware and the NordLink firmware.  Neither of
which would give you WIDEn-N capability.

Put it in KISS mode and hook it to an old DOS laptop (an old 8088
should work fine) running digi_ned and you'd have it though.

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