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[aprssig] PK88 as WIDEn-N Digi ?

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Wed Sep 14 21:37:00 UTC 2005


On Wed, 14 Sep 2005, Curt, WE7U wrote:

> 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 ?
>
> Nope.
>
>
> >     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.

TNC's, not chips.  Duh.


> 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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