[aprssig] Fill-in digi settings

J T w0jrt at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 11:32:49 EDT 2016

It sounds like something isn't configured correctly in the D710A digipeater.  I see you're using a D710A for you mobile station, too, which is good because that should make it easier to troubleshoot. Run this test: With your mobile station parked close to the new digipeater, force a position beacon to be sent and confirm that your mobile D710A indicates its position was digipeated.  I don't know how this gets indicated on a D710, but on a D700 it will flash "MY POSITION" and also beep, if the beeping is enabled.  If you turn the volume up on the APRS side of the mobile radio without any type of tone squelch enabled while running this test you should be able to audibly hear the packet getting retransmitted, too, just before "MY POSITION" flashes.  If you don't, then start to dig through the menu items in the D710A digipeater, making sure things like DCD Sense is set for the data band only (not both A and B), and UIDIGI is set to WIDE1-1.  Hopefully someone more familiar with the D710 will chime in with more suggestions of things to check.

-Jerome, W0JRT

On Fri, 4/29/16, brashears--- via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org> wrote:

 Subject: [aprssig] Fill-in digi settings
 To: aprssig at tapr.org
 Date: Friday, April 29, 2016, 9:02 AM
 I am in the process of configuring a Kenwood D710A as a
 digipeater.  I
 have talked to others in my area who were familiar with APRS
 prior to
 this and who reported that our local area could use an
 digipeater as our coverage area is weak.
 I decided I would start with a fill-in digi and see how that
 worked in
 the area first.  However, while my transmitted packets
 are being
 receiving adequately aprs.fi isn't showing that I heard any
 I had a couple of mobiles drive nearby the digipeater this
 including myself, so I was suprised that nothing showed up.
 Will a Wide1-1 configuration not show me as part of the
 overall path
 that a packet traveled?
 Otherwise how can I tell that I'm doing anything other than
 just being
 a worthless beacon currently?
 Jesse Brashear, KJ4LYN

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