[aprssig] THD74 first impressions

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Thu Aug 10 20:48:12 CDT 2017


In addition to Kai's info, also note that the radio's USB controller can
either connect to the SD memory card or the TNC/radio, but not both at
the same time.  Menu items 98x.  Under Windows, you may need a USB
serial port driver too; free download from the Kenwood site.  I know
it's needed for updating the firmware over USB. 

I prefer to use Bluetooth and my cell phone for APRS, using either
APRSDroid or APRSISMO.  This is wireless, after all, and having a wired
interface to a handheld radio is just annoying.

Greg  KO6TH


la3qma at aprs.la wrote:
> Den 10.08.2017 13:51, skrev Andrew Rich:
>> Hello
>>
>> I recently purchased a Kenwood THD74A with the intent of running it as
>> a satgate and also do some connected packet as well.
>>
>> I saw it only had KISS, yeah ok.
>> I saw it could do kiss on USB or Bluetooth.
>>
>> I tried to get the most popular and basic program ui-view to talk to
>> the HT , no joy
>
> I stopped using UI-View several years ago as its not 100% the "new"
> Widen-N
> I know that you can change parameters in the ini file for digipeater
> mode and regular use.
>
> Anyhow using UI-View in KISS mode with TH-D74 is working if you
> configure your PC correct with UI-View.
>
> I have tried xastir, aprsisce, sartrack, winlink, aprx, aprsc, PAT
> (cross platform Winlink client) and they work fine in USB and BT mode.
> (winlink only in BT mode after forcing the radio back in KISS but this
> is not the radios fault)
>
> Enable UI-View in KISS mode, put your radio in KISS mode and use the
> correct comport.
>
>> Neither on windows 10 via blue tooth or USB did I get a connection.
>
> BT you need to "pair" your PC and you then get two "serial ports" one
> for the TNC and one for audio, select the correct.
>
>> So I have now sold my nice shiny new THD74A because Kenwood missed the
>> mark with a simple usable TNC with a command prompt.
>
> Simpler than KISS mode is difficult but i agree that they should not
> have removed the TNC2 mode but include both.
>
> Use APRSISCE much better maps and pretty up to date regarding the APRS
> protocol.
>
> 73 de LA3QMA
> Kai Gunter
>
>
>
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