[aprssig] Kenwood TM-D710GA or Yaesu FTM-400DR?

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Tue Aug 5 19:40:47 EDT 2014

If your focus is on APRS then it's likely that you'd want to integrate a 
full function APRS client to your radio's TNC.  If that is the case, 
then there's only one choice, the Kenwood.  Yaesu doesn't support 
external access to the TNC.

Yaesu has a menu option that looks promising, but it only provides 
output of received APRS packets and that's in a non-standard form. And 
the manual section that mentions TNC is simply instructions on how to 
hook up your own external TNC to the radio which kind of makes the 
internal APRS functions a bit redundant.

Kenwood, on the other hand, provides full access to the internal TNC for 
both receive and transmit and even supports KISS mode to let the 
software take full control.

I'll let other's compare and contrast the internal APRS functions of the 
two radios, if you have no plans to interface beyond them.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 8/5/2014 6:46 PM, Ralph Milnes wrote:
> I don't remember much recent discussion on the "best" mobile APRS rig. 
> If I'm mistaken, just let me know.
> But I'm about to buy a new APRS rig and wonder if I should go with the 
> Kenwood TM-710GA or the Yaesu FTM-400DR.
> Anyone care to venture an opinion?
> And if anyone thinks I should go with an ICOM D-Star/APRS rig, I'd 
> like to hear about that, but my focus is on APRS and not D-Star.
> Ralph NM5RM
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