[aprssig] KPC3+ in CMD mode or KISS using XASTIR

Patrick Green pagreen at gmail.com
Fri Apr 29 00:15:36 EDT 2005

This is good to know.  I saw that a 9612 was $388!  I have one here
that doesn't work.  I think I should upgrade it and have it fixed.  I
think I should get the KISS EPROM (this MFJ-1270B has that KISS bug)
from TAPR and just work with that.  Worst case, it's a 10 minute
drive, not a hour trip to a mountain site ;-).

73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.

On 4/28/05, scott at opentrac.org <scott at opentrac.org> wrote:
> I'm not using it as a digi, but I've got Xastir running on a rackmount box
> in the garage and it's currently been up 171 days.  That was probably when I
> rebooted for a kernel upgrade.
> I'm with you on the cost of the KPC-3+.  Seen what they charge for a ROM
> upgrade?
> Scott
> N1VG
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Patrick Green
> Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 9:01 PM
> To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] KPC3+ in CMD mode or KISS using XASTIR
> Hi All,
>  I want to set up my dad with a Xastir setup.  He's 1 1/2 miles away
> and would serve extremely well as a fill in digi.  The issue that I'm
> worried about is staying on the air.  While XASTIR is a reliable
> program, I would like to have fallback capability in case the
> application isn't running, power outage, etc.  I have an old MFJ-1270B
> but was looking at the KPC3+ as something to purchase that is current
> in APRS support without a host program running.  Is it worth $200 to
> get a KPC3+?  I'm in awe that they want that much money for "old"
> technology.  Wow, it has 128K of memory.  I recently got a 128M USB
> flash drive for $5.  I figured that they would have made thousands of
> these things as they are 10+ years on the market now.  Let me know if
> it's worth the extra money or if running KISS with the MFJ is worth
> the risk.  Perhaps I should run VNC server and restart it should it
> fail.
> 73 de Pat --- KA9SCF.
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