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[aprssig] FREQ Object radio issues (b)

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue May 8 17:32:47 UTC 2012

The intent was to key on the case of the first letter.  I can clarify that
in the spec.



From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
Of Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 1:22 PM
To: Ron Stordahl, AE5E; TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] FREQ Object radio issues (b)


Spec says "Toff", not "TOFF", for a wide repeater (toff would be narrow).
Yes, the devil is in the details.

And the jury is still out as to whether or not Yaeus's APRS radios are able
to tune to frequency objects without the frequency in the comments, so if
you set these up, have a Yaesu owner give them a QSY test (note that it is
also my understanding that the FTM-350 must be in VFO mode for the QSY/Tune
function to work).

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

PS. Thanks for posting these because I wasn't flagging the OFF as
non-compliant in APRSISCE/32.  It will in the next development release.

On 5/8/2012 1:00 PM, Ron Stordahl, AE5E wrote: 

I started all this ruckus on April 26 when I raised the issue of proper
format to set up a D710A one button QSY.  


Based upon all the discussion I am returning to essentially my original
proposal to send:


;146.85TRF*111111z4804.29N/09606.79WrTOFF -060 R30m

;444.80TRF*111111z4807.60N/09610.63WrT156 +500 R15m


Correct me if I am wrong but I believe this complies with the specification.
I realize including the offset on VHF is not necessary, but it gives me some
satisfaction from the point of consistency to do so and makes it more
understandable to the human reader.  Additionally one of our VHF repeaters
on 147.00 has a non standard -600KHz shift when the standard is +600KHz,
thus at least for that one -060 is required.  


I have just completed setting up these objects for 12 area repeaters,
scattered over about 125 miles in NorthWestern Minnesota served by 8 APRS
digipeaters.  Thankfully they are remotely programmable and can be reached
from my central location directly or by up to 2 hops.  When remote
programming is no longer possible, when these MFJ1270C's UIDIGI-ROM's die, I
am finished as well!


Ron, AE5E



From: Bob Bruninga  <mailto:bruninga at usna.edu> <bruninga at usna.edu>
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'  <mailto:aprssig at tapr.org> <aprssig at tapr.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 10:54 AM
Subject: [aprssig] FREQ Object radio issues (b)

Here are some more notes I have found on some known problems:

Use of the "xyz" in the OBJECT NAME: 

> FFF.FF0xy object is OK and QSY is OK
> FFF.FF5xy object is OK and QSY is OK
> FFF.FFxyz object will not QSY in early D710 models.  Now fixed.

> FFF.FFxyz objects of any format will not QSY the FTM-350 (confirm?)

Extra "0" on end of the +xxx or -xxx OFFSET format.  The THD72 will accept
extra characters after the required +xxx or -xxx.  These will all give the
proper offset:

> 440.000MHz tOFF +500 Bob's radio 
> 440.000MHz tOFF +5000 Bob's radio 
> 440.000MHz tOFF +5000Bob's radio
> 440.000MHz tOFF +5000000 Bob's radio
> 440.000MHz tOFF +500Bob's radio

BUT SHOULD N OT BE USED until confirmed all existing radios can tolerate it.
This was a proposed backwards-compatible future fix to making the offset
more human readable, because then we could recommend the use of +5000
instead of the +500.  But this CANNOT BE USED until we have surveyed all
radios to see if ALL radios can properly set the offset if the additional
"0" is included.  Or all radios are upgraded to do so

Here are some other known issues for the Compatibility table of position

Leading space:  (required, required-not, don't care) - (Y, N, X)

Xmits space:    (Transmits leading space) - (Y, N)

Requires "MHz":  (Requires mixed case, allows any case)    - (Y, N)

Requires "MHz_": (Requires trailing space) - (Y, N)

Xmits MHz_:      (Transmits trailing space) - (Y, N)

Responds to +xxx and -xxx offsets - (Y, N)

Transmits offsets +xxx and -xxx  - (Y, N)

Allows extra trailing zero so that +600 works, where only +60 is IAW spec -
(Y, N)

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