herbert3 at centurytel.net
Tue Jul 27 07:43:37 CDT 2010
I bought my XYL (KC9NGY) a VX8GR for Mother's Day. Please let me know when
you "publish" this Beginner Guide!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Noskowicz" <noskosteve at yahoo.com>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:46 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] VX8GR
> I'd like any of this "difficult to figure out" information. I'll put in
> into my "Beginner Guide". for those less fortunate. (;-)
> 73, Steve, K9DCI USN (Vet) MOT (Ret) Ham (Yet)
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> --- On Mon, 7/26/10, Jaye Inabnit ke6sls <ke6sls at arrl.net> wrote:
>> From: Jaye Inabnit ke6sls <ke6sls at arrl.net>
>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] VX8GR
>> To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
>> Date: Monday, July 26, 2010, 8:40 PM
>> On Monday 26 July 2010 18:00:42 Tom
>> Kinahan wrote:
>> > Some questions:
>> > 1) The GPS seems to take about 15-20 minutes to lock
>> in clear sky. Does
>> > anyone else see this, or have any suggestions to speed
>> it up?
>> > 2) Has anyone bought the serial cable (or made one, I
>> think it's straight
>> > RS232) to access the device? Is there a way to access
>> the TNC only for
>> > other modes like Winlink (doing KISS)?
>> Hi Tom:
>> Congrats on the HT--I'm going to sell mine as soon as there
>> is another model
>> to replace it--lots of bugs and the manual omits much
>> information that is
>> needed to use the rig.
>> I had same issue. I turned off the GPS power in the
>> APRS menu (if this is
>> unknown to you, please let me know and I'll explain
>> further), charged the
>> until to full charge, then went outside and turned on the
>> unit, then turned
>> on the GPS in the APRS menu--took about 10-15 seconds to
>> lock onto satilites
>> at that point. I've had some luck getting it to lock
>> on inside too, but
>> structures are your enemy. I also replaced the stock
>> battery with the larger
>> battery (gives about 12 hours use this way).
>> I haven't messed with the serial cable yet. I was
>> sort of surprised you can't
>> use it in standard packet mode--so you will have to test
>> and report back.
>> Further, I used this rig, living in one of my saddle bags,
>> on a USA wide
>> motorcycle trip. I added 12VDC outlet to the bag and
>> then used the DC power
>> cable which also will charge the battery. This worked
>> well. I added a 5/8~
>> whip and a 3' TNC-to-UHF adapter cable to feed the
>> antenna. Each night, I
>> would check my progress on APRS-IS and was mostly pleased
>> at the excellent
>> coverage it gave me.
>> I had a bear of a time setting a digipath for WIDE1-2,
>> WIDE2-2. Like I said,
>> your manual will not explain this at all. If you need
>> help setting alternate
>> paths, feel free to post back and I'll share what I learned
>> trial-n-error with this rig.
>> BEST O LUCK, 73
>> jaye, ke6sls
>> How much does free cost?
>> How much is free worth?
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