[aprssig] Detailed review of APRS-capable HTs

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Mon Apr 30 22:58:18 CDT 2012

Hi Stephen and others,

Thanks everyone for the feedback. You are right about the importance of 
that.  I did mention it in the list of things the VX-8GR lacks ("TNC 
mode") as well as in the list of things the D72A has - maybe I didn't 
word it very well?

To KE6SLS - I have never tried the weather alert features on any of 
these radios, but agree with you that if it doesn't work, that's an 
important thing to know.

I too appreciate that Kenwood does update the D72A and noted that in the 
review as well.  Alongside that, I appreciate how Kenwood hasn't changed 
their basic connectors for years.  That makes a surprising difference in 
my morale ;-)

-- John

On 04/30/2012 10:42 PM, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
> One oversight in the reviews is that the Yaesus have no equivalent of 
> the Kenwood "PACKET" mode where the radio's internal APRS firmware 
> drops out of the picture, allowing an APRS application on an external 
> computer to run things. (I.e. just like a conventional radio with 
> external TNC.)
> Not being able to run an external APRS mapping application like 
> APRSis32 or UIview on a laptop connected to the Yaesu is a serious 
> shortcoming, and for me is a deal-breaker.
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> High Quality Calibrated Static Maps for Any APRS App
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>  Vista & Win7 Install Issues for UI-View and Precision Mapping
>     http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/UIview_Notes.htm#VistaWin7
> "APRS 101"  Explanation of APRS Path Selection & Digipeating
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