[aprssig] APRS / SkyCommand Progress Since and Tips
wd8arz at ix.netcom.com
Mon Oct 28 12:16:42 CDT 2013
Before I get to to the reason for this email, some observations and tips
to others wanting to use SkyCommand.
For me there were several key items that made the initial system setup
very difficult to work on my end. Makes me understand why so many said
they could not make it work and gave up.
* Most discussion of the SkyCommand setup by users were using the
TS-2000. Different instructions to be follow if use three separate
pieces not using the TS-2000.
* The TS-480HX instruction manual says to use 9600 baud for SkyCommand.
No mention was made in this manual that the baud rate chosen Needed To
Match the dual bander being used (TMD700A / TMD710A). Both rigs of
course need to be set to the same baud rate. I am using 19200 because
other programs and an antenna tuner use that rate. Most folks could not
get by the "Push  Key To Start Commander !!" because of this.
* It is easy when reading the TS-480 or TMD700A / TMD710A instruction
manuals for SkyCommand to miss the fact that the keypad assignments are
different for the THD7A / THD72A keypad.
* It is nice that the SkyCommand II uses the display of the HT to tell
you to turn on the HF rig by using button #1. So why doesnt it tell you
to enable the audio from the HF rig through the Transporter to the
Commander by turning it on by using button #2 ?!? Another key point
where users gave up because they couldnt get audio to their Commander.
Ok, now for the reason for my email:
Was curious if there were any updates / progress on the APRS /
SkyCommand articles discussed here, including APRSdos?
73 from Bill - WD8ARZ
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