[aprssig] Overlooked TM-D710 Features

Joseph M. Durnal joseph.durnal at gmail.com
Fri May 9 19:02:27 CDT 2008

Wow!  I'm taking some of this stuff for granted!  I should have bought
a D700 years ago, but didn't decide to buy until recently, and the
only option was the D710.

73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R

On Fri, May 9, 2008 at 6:58 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
>> [for] improvements... the 710 had nothing substantial.
>> ... the big new things with the D710 seem to be
>> a) the ability to tune to a freq [in an APRS packet]
>> b) sort the list of APRS reports.
> I think you are quite ill-informed...
>> My wish list of serious improvements would include:
>> c) ...flash upgrade capability
> IT DOES!  New Download will be available at dayton.
>> d) ability to use the TNC with an APRS application
>> and still use the control head in APRS mode...
>> locking serial connectors of the correct gender
>> (the D700 DB9 is backwards);
> IT CHANGED.  It changed the serial connector to a data DIN.
> IN addition, here are other improvements that you did not
> mention:
> E) The display head can be detached and used stand-alone with
> ANY radio, scanner, HT or anything with audio RX or TX since the
> entire APRS functionality and TNC and serial port is totally
> contained in the display head, not the radio.  Take it inside an
> plug into any old HT for continuing operation in doors.
> F) This TNC/Display head can be used like any other TNC for any
> packet application but not only for 1200 but also 9600 baud with
> any radio.
> G) The D710 outputs the full APRS symbol set out the GPS port so
> that GPS devices such as the AVMAP G5 will display all other
> APRS stations with their full APRS symbol set, not just a
> WAYPOINT symbol.
> H) The D710 Display head can be a WX station.  Just plug in a
> Peet Bros or DAVIS WX station and set it to WX mode.
> I) The D710 can not only sort the 100 deep station list by CALL,
> by TIME, by Distance, but it can also FILTER by TYPE.  SO if you
> want to see JUST the digipeaters, or just the WX stations or
> Just the mobiles, or just the objects, that is only a few
> buttons away.
> J) You can FILTER by the same above types.  This lets you
> capture an entire 100 deep list of just the selected TYPE  you
> are interested in....
> K) The D710 defaults to New-N Paradigm settings.
> L) The D710 has Smart beaconing, and Proportional pathing, and
> Decay to vastly reduce network loading.
> M) The D710 has multiple user defined message phrases that can
> be easily edited into messages with a few key strokes.
> N) The D710 uses a microphone with RJ45's on BOTH ends so you
> can remote the mic any distance.  The control head uses RJ45's
> so you can remote it any distance with common pre-fab RJ45
> cables...
> O) The D710 has a new button to avoid the old push-n-hold
> Function key to make it much easier to access all data and
> menus.
> P) The D710 display is 8 bytes wider than the D700
> I am sure there is much more that I am not remembering.  Plus it
> has been out for a year, and I sure do enjoy using all of the
> above features!
> Bob, WB4APR
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