[aprssig] Why KISS?

John Becker w0jab at big-river.net
Thu Dec 2 11:18:30 EST 2004

What is the computer doing that your TNC (Terminal Node Controller)
cant do for itself?

My BBS of 20 years has also run in the KISS mode.
The DIGI is nothing more then a TNC and RADIO.

Running in the KISS mode just gives you a protocol that permits
a more efficient use of your TNC with a host computer.

At 07:45 AM 12/1/04, you wrote:
>KISS has been around for some time now as a means for a computer to transfer
>digital data to a radio modem.  I have seen a number of digital computer
>applications that suggest that the TNC (Radio modem) be run in KISS mode.
>I haven't been able to see the rational for doing that when the TNC's I have
>used have a great deal of "smarts" built in.  The one major drawback I see
>with using KISS mode is that when the computer stops working, thanks
>Microsoft, the total functionality of the node goes with it.
>In my case I have a radio and TNC that run from a 160 AH battery and
>provides a digi function to the network.  The attached computer runs through
>a UPS which gives it about 10 minutes of run time before it shuts down.  If
>I run in KISS mode, after 10 minutes, my node and digi shutdown with the
>computer.  Where if I leave the TNC in "standard" TNC mode the digi will
>continue to support traffic for days.
>So, my question is why KISS?  What advantages does it offer over the
>"smarts" inherent in the TNC's themselves?
>"A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension."
>Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841 - 1935)
>aprssig mailing list
>aprssig at lists.tapr.org

More information about the aprssig mailing list