[aprssig] Anyone Using SkyCommand for a club? & TS990S

WD8ARZ wd8arz at ix.netcom.com
Tue Oct 29 11:11:36 EDT 2013

Thank you Bob for that reminder. I have one pair of frequencies in 
memory for my use with ssid's for my calls, and another pair on a 
different frequency using your club standard settings. Of course I 
change the radio settings for the ssid settings.

Just found out that the TS990S also supports SkyCommand. The list is 

While out taking a walk, I checked into the Medcars Net on 7258 as a 
Pedestrian Mobile. Was using my mobile parked in my garage a half mile 
away, and that is way KooL!!  HI

There was a handful in there that either used SkyCommand or had radios 
that were compatible and were going to give it a try.

73 from Bill - WD8ARZ
South Bend, Indiana US of A

On 10/29/2013 9:31 AM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
> Don't forget, if you make your Skycommand Callsigns GENERIC and publish
> them to your Club, then everyone in the club can tune into the control
> frequency of your remote base and their MOBILE or Handheld will DISPLAY
> the HF radio display.  This way, they can SEE what the skycommand operator
> is doing and what they are HEARING.
> Also, anyone in the club can tune the radio.  Gentlemenly sharing of
> course.  It is a human-to-human handoff since everyone listening can hear
> what everyone else is saying.  For example: "OK, Im done, who wants it
> now"...
> See http://aprs.org/skycommand.html
> Bob, Wb4APR
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Anyone Using SkyCommand with their TS-480? Or?
> Hello Matt nice to hear about your SkyCommand operation. The HT interface
> must be interesting. Is it a home brew cable system?
> The HT serial port to the hf rig needs to have the same com port baud rate
> settings. Verify that and try using no PL's and see what that does.
> Next challenge for me is to support APRS while doing SkyCommand in the
> mobile. Looks like that will take a separate radio for that. If nothing
> else, that puts your second D72 to work ... hi hi
> Interesting to note the number of rigs that support Kenwoods wonderful
> SkyCommand.
> * HF Rigs: TS2000 series, TS-480 series, The TS570S, TS-870S and the
> TS-590S.
> * Dual Banders: TMD700A, TMD710A, and RC-D710 Control Head, TM-V71A/E with
> 2.10 Firmware.
> * HT's: TH-79A KSS, THD7A and THD72A.
> Another challenge of using a mode such as Kenwoods SkyCommand in a mobile
> with a screwdriver auto tuner is there is only one db9 serial connector on
> the radio. Most auto tuners need a serial cable on the hf radio. The
> SkyCommand mode wants a serial cable on the hf radio.
> The trick is to either use a long whip on the mobile with a none serial
> cable tuner with memory features .... or now we have an option to continue
> using the screwdriver antenna: West Mountain Radio's TARGETuner at
> http://www.westmountainradio.com/product_info.php?products_id=targetuner&n
> avcode=/fpTARGETuner1
> This auto tuner does not use a serial cable, but true swr input / output
> so239 antenna connectors.
> Have not ordered one, as I have it on a Christmas Wish List ... hi hi

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