[aprssig] re-purposing MFG 1278B?
ve8rt at yknwt.ca
Tue Dec 10 19:48:30 EST 2019
Its been on the shelf for a while, it was given to me. So, we have
nothing up here except an Igate and digipeater. Way beyond normal VHF
range of any other populated area. As i don't like to see a useful
piece of gear not being put to use, what does it do well enough to be
put back into service, and given my isolation (there are only a handful
of other active amateurs here in Yellowknife) what would be the best
type of service for our community?
On Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:41:38 -0800
Greg D <ko6th.greg at gmail.com> wrote:
> No need to fuss about new ROMs. I have an MFJ-1278T (I believe it's the
> same as the 1278B but with a 2400 baud modem added), and it's working
> just fine in KISS mode. Been doing so for quite a number of years, in
> I never did much else with it in terms of PACTOR, WEFAX, or the other
> modes. I had a homebrew BAYCOM system before acquiring the 1278 at a
> club "White Elephant" sale, which I used for contacting various BBS
> systems on VHF packet, and used JVFAX for SSTV. The 1278 came in just
> before the turn of the century (love that term), right about the time I
> moved to Linux, and with it a whole new set of tools. I re-purposed an
> old HT and brought XASTIR up to get on APRS. That system transitioned
> to APRSIS32 under Wine a few years later, and it's been working ever
> since. The TNC has out-lived the HT and several mobile rigs, in fact.
> It's currently driving it's second Kenwood TR-7730. Besides APRS, the
> system moves into service for Winlink for a few months every summer in
> support of the Western States 100 and Tevis races. A lot of fine packet
> traffic has moved through that box over the years.
> TL;DR: Just use it!
> Greg KO6TH
> Steve Dimse wrote:
> > TAPR never offered ROMs for the 1278. It does sell ROMs for TNC-2 clones, of which the MFJ-1270 was the most prevalent example.
> > https://www.tapr.org/kits_119.html
> > The 1278 was the HF/VHF TNC that included grey scale WEFAX and is not a TNC-2 clone. I remember that well because a few decades ago I bought a Kenwood 440 and the MFJ to receive weather back in the dark days before the Internet. Once I had those, it seemed like a waste not to use the transmit side, so I got my ham license. Who knows what wonderful things I might have accomplished with my free time had I not done that ;-)
> > Steve K4HG
> >> On Dec 10, 2019, at 12:47 AM, Ron VE8RT <ve8rt at yknwt.ca> wrote:
> >> there is a MFJ 1278B sitting on a shelf here. From reading the
> >> thread on YAAC I've learned that TAPR offer (or offered at one time)
> >> replacement EPROMS. My questions are: is the MFJ 1278B worth an EPROM
> >> upgrade (what would it be good at)? And if so, where could I buy
> >> replacement EPROMS and documentation? I've glanced at the TAPR website
> >> and don't know exactly what I'd be looking for.
> >> Thanks, Ron VE8RT
> >> --
> >> Ron VE8RT <ve8rt at yknwt.ca>
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