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Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 27 06:46:05 UTC 2010


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
> with 
> trial-n-error with this rig.
> -- 
> jaye, ke6sls
> How much does free cost?  
> How much is free worth?
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