[aprssig] APRS / SkyCommand Progress Since and Tips

WD8ARZ wd8arz at ix.netcom.com
Mon Oct 28 15:07:22 EDT 2013

Hey, its not you. Kenwood's poor documentation is to blame .... hi

I wanted to be able to operate at the base, mobile, portable and with 
skycommand. The TS2000 series is not conveniently a mobile rig, and its 
hf performance is not quite as good as the TS480 series.

Three separate units gives quite a bit of flexibility and reduce the 
impact for the over all system if one of the three doesnt work .... hi

However the TS-2000 on the base with the other moduals, yepper thats a 

73 from Bill - WD8ARZ

On 10/28/2013 2:54 PM, Steve Noskowicz wrote:
> I'm sorry.  I mis understood.  You are using two radios at the HF end 
> not just the TS-2000 alone.    Mention of the TS-480 should have 
> tipped me off, but I was confused and stupidly dismissed it.  I was 
> completely focused on the RS-2000.  SOmehow I convinced myself that 
> this was from a TS-2000 group, not tapr.  DOH!
> Of course, two radios (or anything else) communicating must have the 
> same baud rate.
> I'ver done cross band repeat, but haven't done SkyC...
> Ignore the man behind the curtain...
> -- 
> 73, Steve, K9DCI
> *From:* WD8ARZ <wd8arz at ix.netcom.com>
> *To:* Steve Noskowicz <noskosteve at yahoo.com>; TAPR APRS Mailing List 
> <aprssig at tapr.org>
> *Sent:* Monday, October 28, 2013 1:42 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [aprssig] APRS / SkyCommand Progress Since and Tips
> It isnt the APRS baud rate that is the issue. It is the serial cable 
> between the dual bander and the hf rig.
>  Kenwood was way to shy on providing complete workable instructions 
> for the first time user to setup and get working SkyCommand .... 
> especially the difference in setup between different radios and the 
> differences in the keypad operation of SkyCommand.
> A null modem serial cable is connected between the db9 connector on 
> the TS-480 and the TMD700A / TMD710A. This is where the lack of info 
> and incorrect info for the baud rate settings keep most folks from 
> getting past the initial sync of the dual bander to the TS-480. Until 
> you get that sync, not nothing else is going to happen with SkyCommand.
> Try it out, its fun.
> 73 from Bill - WD8ARZ
> On 10/28/2013 2:22 PM, Steve Noskowicz wrote:
>> Bill,
>>   I haven't done SkyCommand yet, but it seems that the 
>> data-rate-same should refer to the APRS (command and control) data 
>> rate, right?  This makes sense.  The radios' serial port data rate 
>> shouldn't come into play if I understand this.
>> -- 
>> 73, Steve, K9DCI

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