[aprssig] THD74 first impressions

Andrew Rich vk4tec at internode.on.net
Thu Aug 10 23:54:04 CDT 2017

Thanks for all your help

I went with a kpc9612 and a stand alone radio 

Sent from my iPhone

> On 11 Aug 2017, at 11:48 am, Greg D all <ko6th.greg at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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