[aprssig] THD74 first impressions

Andrew Rich vk4tec at internode.on.net
Thu Aug 10 13:35:43 EDT 2017


Thank you for your information 

I tried BT on windows 10 

I tried USB on the Mac 

I tried minicom

I tried stty , cat xastir 

Can you tell me what did you use as the USB for xastir ?

/dev/FTDI131 ?

If I can get it working I would like to keep it


> On 11 Aug 2017, at 2:57 am, la3qma at aprs.la wrote:
> Den 10.08.2017 13:51, skrev Andrew Rich:
>> Hello
>> I recently purchased a Kenwood THD74A with the intent of running it as
>> a satgate and also do some connected packet as well.
>> I saw it only had KISS, yeah ok.
>> I saw it could do kiss on USB or Bluetooth.
>> I tried to get the most popular and basic program ui-view to talk to
>> the HT , no joy
> I stopped using UI-View several years ago as its not 100% the "new" Widen-N
> I know that you can change parameters in the ini file for digipeater mode and regular use.
> Anyhow using UI-View in KISS mode with TH-D74 is working if you configure your PC correct with UI-View.
> I have tried xastir, aprsisce, sartrack, winlink, aprx, aprsc, PAT (cross platform Winlink client) and they work fine in USB and BT mode.
> (winlink only in BT mode after forcing the radio back in KISS but this is not the radios fault)
> Enable UI-View in KISS mode, put your radio in KISS mode and use the correct comport.
>> Neither on windows 10 via blue tooth or USB did I get a connection.
> BT you need to "pair" your PC and you then get two "serial ports" one for the TNC and one for audio, select the correct.
>> So I have now sold my nice shiny new THD74A because Kenwood missed the
>> mark with a simple usable TNC with a command prompt.
> Simpler than KISS mode is difficult but i agree that they should not have removed the TNC2 mode but include both.
> Use APRSISCE much better maps and pretty up to date regarding the APRS protocol.
> 73 de LA3QMA
> Kai Gunter

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