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[aprssig] APRS client for Macbook Air?

Dave B dave at g8kbv.demon.co.uk
Mon Dec 10 18:35:55 UTC 2012


On 9 Dec 2012 at 18:40, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:

> Others have answered the software question, but here's a comment on
> Yaesu vs Kenwood APRS radios...
> 
> On 12/9/2012 3:49 PM, Dave B wrote:
> > Hi...
> >
> > Asking on behalf of a friend (licenced) who's looking to try APRS
> > from his Macbook Air, and perhaops with a D72, or the new Yaesu
> > handie.
> >
> > Any recommendations on client software, and companion handheld rigs
> > these days?  Plus any pitfall's re using it all on/with a Macbook
> > Air?
> >
> > Something's at the back of my mind re the Yaesu rig (VX7?) but I
> > cant remember what it was, but was to do with it's ability to be
> > used with an external client running on a PC of sorts.
> 
> The Yaesu VX8 is their APRS-capable handheld, but it is an entirely
> closed device.  There's no input or output of APRS information to any
> external device or program.  What you see on the screen and can do
> with the knobs and keypad are all you get.
> 
> The Yaesu FTM-350 supports output of received APRS packets in a 
> non-standard format, but does not support any input (for RF 
> transmission) from any external device or program.  APRSISCE/32
> supports receiving, interpetting, and displaying APRS information from
> a properly configured FTM-350.
> 
> The Kenwood devices (original D7 and D700 and now the D72 and D710),
> on the other hand, provide full access to their internal TNCs in
> Packet mode.  Some programs like APRSISCE/32 support receiving and
> limited transmit capability even with the new rigs in APRS mode.  So
> with a Kenwood rig, you have many more options for more friendly
> interfaces while still retaining full APRS capability with the
> standalone radio.
> 
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> 
> PS.  As Steve mentioned, APRSISCE/32 does run under WINE.
> 
> 
> 
> 


Thanks Lynn, that's all good info re the Yaesu rigs.

To the others re software, also thanks.

	Dave B (aprs.fi/g0wbx-1  Until tomorrow....)




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