[aprssig] Multi control station situational awareness - (kenwoods)

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Dec 4 11:36:18 EST 2019

On 12/4/2019 10:36 AM, Keith VE7GDH wrote:
> Bob WB4APR wrote…
>> By the way, the D700 TNC is a REALLY mediocre-performing device as well.
> How does the D710 compare to the D700? Does it do any better at decoding than 
> the older model?
> -- 
> 73 Keith VE7GDH

I simply don't know.  I've never had a D710 or played with one.

I continue to use my D700 because it makes a much tidier installation in my car 
than the '710 would.   All the connections are to the main radio chassis under 
the seat; not to the head.  On the D710, everything sprouts out of the control 
head (mic, ext GPS, ext serial data, etc) that makes for a much messier 
install.   Not to mention those stupid Macintosh 8-pin mini-DIN serial cables. 
    [Why is it that Kenwood doesn't seem to be able to accept the otherwise 
nearly universal convention for serial connectors that DCE devices should be a 
female DB-9 socket,  so a standard male-to-female DB-9 "extension cable" can 
connect the radio to a normal PC serial port -- i.e. without gender changers or 
null modems?]

Further the '710 head is wider and won't fit into the console space in my Jetta 
TDI where my 700 is located, especially with all those cables sticking out.

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