[aprssig] status text on kenwood aprs-capable radios

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Jul 17 19:32:40 EDT 2011

> But the status 'message' doesn't change with 
> the auto-QSY feature, right?

STATUS 5 on the D710 automatically insesrts "FFF.FFFMHz" as the first 10 bytes of your status text, depending on what is the instantaneous frequency in band B.  

SO if you are using *STATUS 5, you never have to change status's beacuase your beacons will always show what freq is in the voice side of the radio.  (Unfortunately it even does this whil scanning which makes no sense.... in othrwords at the instant the beacon goes out, if side B is scanning, then the instantaneous frequency goes out too!.  They have fixed this I think in the D72 and maybe in the lastest D710, but I have not checked it.

It is AMAZING the number of D710's out there driving around without showing their frequency.  When I see them, I have a pre-loaded message saying "U hve no voice FREQ in ur BCN. Pse use STATUS5."

Bob, Wb4APR

--- On Sun, 7/17/11, Bob Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> I don’t follow.
> In the D710 and D72 and FTM-350, the frequency that you have selected on the
> VOICE band is automatically inserted into your status text.  This way,
> others on APRS can instantly see what frequency you are on by looking at
> your status text which is automatically updated.
> The only caveat is that in the D710, only STATUS 5 will do this.  SO status
> 5 is the only one I ever use!
> Bob, WB4APR
> From: David Dobbins
> I was configuring several status text lines in my TH-D7A and TM-D710 radios,
> and thought it would be a good future feature to associate
> a particular status text to one or more programmed frequencies in the
> radio.
> For example, on my drive to work I pass through the coverage area for two
> different repeaters. One repeater has an IRLP node #3300, and the other has
> an Echolink node #99946. I have the two freqs already programmed into the
> D710. 
> I have several status text messages, one with QSY
> information, one a generic
> >HOWDY FROM DAVE, one says >On Echolink 99946 and
> another >On IRLP 3300.
> I would like to see a feature added that when I QSY to the
> IRLP node
> frequency in programmed memory, it then automatically
> selects status text #x
> and includes that information. This way, as I drive through
> town and switch
> frequencies, the status text gets updated automatically,
> rather than me
> having to fumble through the menu items to reselect the
> desired status text.
> It seems like this could be done w/o too much effort.
> Perhaps just a mod to
> the MCP software to make this happen???
> Would it be useful to others?
> Dave K7GPS
> Tucson
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