[aprssig] Thinking about YAAC

Kris Kirby kris at catonic.us
Fri Dec 13 17:00:34 EST 2019

On Mon, 9 Dec 2019, Stephen H. Smith via aprssig wrote:
> On 12/8/2019 11:19 PM, wa7skg wrote:
>       I'm looking at alternatives to Xastir for an APRS client and ran across YAAC. The only mailing list I found was for Alpha testers on Yahoo groups. Of
>       course Yahoo groups is a dying animal, so I thought I'd try here.
>       My first issue in setting up YAAC is with my hardware. I have an old original MFJ-1274(NO suffix) TNC2 clone. It does not do KISS, so I'm wondering if
>       it will work with YAAC. Still looking for up to date documentation.
>       After setting this up on my base, I am planning to use it mobile with an RPi and TNC-Pi.

> Try using DireWolf or the UZ7HO Soundmodem instead of the archaic 
> 40-year-old hardware TNC2 device.  These  soundcard soft TNCs have 
> infinitely better performance on weak marginal signals than legacy 
> hardware --and-- present both AGWpe and KISS-over-IP interfaces to 
> applications.  They also eliminate a box and the nearly half-amp @ 
> 12VDC power drain of the TNC2. 
> Note that the UZ7HO Soundmodem is a Windows application (though I have 
> heard it can be made to work in Linux with a Wine kludge).    DireWolf 
> is available in native versions for both Windows and Linux -- i.e. 
> would be usable on the Pi.

If you're stuck in Windows, AGWPE is useful with YAAC. Combining an 
Argent Systems OpenTracker and a Garmin Nuvi 350 with AGWPE leads to the 
ability to both digipeat and igate while also using a map (if you 
downloaded all 21 GB of OpenStreet Maps) and messaging through the Nuvi.

The best part is that you can program the digipeat to the second profile 
of the Opentracker, and enable that with a jumper in the accessory 
Phoenix connector. 

Kris Kirby, KE4AHR
Disinformation Architect, Systems Mangler, & Network Mismanager

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