[aprssig] "Best" packet decoder solution

Mark Earle wa2mct at mearle.com
Mon Dec 27 17:28:21 CST 2010

On 12/27/2010 5:13 PM, Phil N6TCT wrote:
> I spent a lot of time in my basement last year trying to answer the 
> question of packet decode performance.


> One thing I did learn is that radio-TNC combo matters and that some 
> experimentation is necessary to get the best results from a given 
> radio and TNC.
Yes, absolutely.. I also cringe when encountering a digi at a serious 
com'l roof top site; the digi being a tnc, un-shielded cables, nothing 
mounted/ grounded, and a typical Icom, Kenwood, or Yaesu radio. No 
circulators, no ground kit on the coax, etc. Real sites deserve/ demand 
real commercial radios installed  properly. You'd be amazed how much 
better a digi can work with adherence to known installation practices.

"Commercial" guys don't do this for no reason and to waste money. They 
do it to get optimum performance out of their radio systems.

System is the correct word - all of it from the antenna to the wall cord 
must be done right.

> Another lesson is that a service monitor is a great thing to have, and 
> I wish I got one a long time ago.
Yup! Even a very basic one will serve to tell you that things are set up 


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