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[aprssig] Tomtom's For APRS (Question)

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Apr 2 03:16:43 UTC 2012

On 4/1/2012 11:03 PM, Lawrence LaBranche wrote:
> I am unclear why you think the D72 is limited by the USB interface. The D72 does have a regular serial port via a 2.5  mini jack.

The "real" serial port on the D72 is only for an external GPS, should you 
choose to use one.  The port that corresponds to the "main" (radio<-->PC) 
serial port of the TH-D7 is virtual serial over physical USB only.

Actually, for use with a netbook or other modern lightweight laptop, this 
arrangement makes a lot of sense. You only need a thin lightweight  
standard-A-to-mini-USB-B cable (probably the same one you are using for your 
cellphone, digital camera or car navigator GPS), instead of a bulky 
serial-to-USB dongle cable.

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