[aprssig] KISS mode - a different perspective -was- Re: [ui-view] RE: Windows UI-View Replacement - Development

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Tue Nov 16 01:01:57 EST 2004

Personally, I think it's time to start looking at alternatives to KISS, at
least for new stuff.  I'm all for developing a USB interface spec, but I'll
be in a better position to decide how that might work in a few months when
I've got my own USB TNC working.

Not sure why you wouldn't run KISS mode for gateway and beacon functions as
well.  My IGate uses a KISS-connected KPC-3.  APRSD handles the beacons and
gateway, and Xastir runs part time as the user interface.  For Windows,
something written as a service would be nice - but that's something you
don't often see in amateur software.  I wrote an APRS IS parser and database
engine awhile back as a Windows service and it worked pretty well.  Beats
keeping something minimized in the background.  Haven't messed with that in
awhile, though, because the parser library I was using apparently got
abandoned, and I was mostly just writing it to play with Oracle Spatial.


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[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Bill Herrmann
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 5:40 PM
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Subject: [aprssig] KISS mode - a different perspective -was- Re:
[ui-view] RE: Windows UI-View Replacement - Development

At 06:20 PM 11/13/2004 -0800, scott at opentrac.org wrote:
>As for TNC configs, I say: DON'T.  Absolutely no supporting terminal-mode
>TNCs.  KISS has been commonplace for what, 20 years?  If we're using 3 year
>old machines as a baseline, then a KISS TNC should be part of the baseline

Just for a different data point here.
My TNCs will all run KISS mode just fine. However, I have yet to see any
software that supports my main home TNC properly in KISS mode. I believe
I've seen some software that supports 2 ports, but mine has 3....

So, if you're gonna say "KISS mode only" then do it right.

However, even if you do that I probably still wouldn't use it as the system
has automatic APRS beaconing set up and functions as a gateway node too.
All of that gets disabled if I have to put it in KISS mode.


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