[aprssig] status text on kenwood aprs-capable radios

Guido Trentalancia iz6rdb at trentalancia.com
Sun Jul 17 19:51:33 EDT 2011

Hi David !

On Sun, 2011-07-17 at 14:09 -0700, David Dobbins wrote:
> 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???

Modifying the MCP software won't change things as those things as the
TM-D710 won't be ready to accept them change. I suppose that sort of
things is embedded into the Operation Panel firmware (and could be later
added in MCP too, but in the first place it needs to be implemented in
the TM-D710).

Unfortunately the side-effect of implementing such feature is that it
would probably add too much complexity (even just to the manual) for
little gain (at the end not many people might be truly interested).

Consider what Bob noted once again in this same thread: many people
aren't yet using the very simple-to-use STATUS5 feature... So, imagine
the feature you're proposing !

Another side-effect would be that if you are moving to the area of a
third repeater on either of the two above mentioned frequencies but not
doing Echolink or IRLP, then the same status would go on air (while
perhaps you are doing just analog Voice). 

> Would it be useful to others?

Not to me as I am not using Echolink/IRLP. But obviously I would not
care if it's there.

> Dave K7GPS
> Tucson

Guido IZ6RDB

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