Re: What do these things mean APRSISCE

Lynn Deffenbaugh

There's almost no way I can imagine to reliably use watching the "aprs website" (by which I assume you mean to know what packet was just on the air being heard by my radio/TNC combination.  With dupe filtering, multiple digi/Igates handling a packet, and just the vagueries of RF and APRS-IS propagation, it just doesn't line up.

And remember that the values you need to watch are the ones displayed while a packet is being received, not the background noise that's forever on the channel (I assume you're running open squelch removing the radio's squelch break timing variable from the decoding equation).  If you've got two radios, just tune one to your local APRS frequency and listen with your ears while the other is connected to the TNC.  Assuming similar antennas, they'll be hearing the same thing and you'll know if it's a packet, static, or just plain carrier with noise.  You're looking for (relatively) pure tones without much noise in them to look at and try to control the monitor values.

Too bad about the local APRS folks.   I will offer that if you're ever in my neck of the woods with all of your gear, I'd be glad to help you overcome this hurdle.  I was going to say "but don't come now, it's downright cold outside", but then I realized that it's probably colder where you are than where I am anyway!  (

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 2/20/2015 5:47 PM, godfather_waggo@... [aprsisce] wrote:
Well I think the flying blind part is accurate because when I was trying with the wouxun I would see values change on the monitor command but had no idea if it was a packet or what it was. The thing I did in that instance was, I had 2 laptops, so I turned one to the aprs website and the other was watching the emulator and monitor.....and when the aprs updated I'd stop the emulator and go back and review the numbers that came in to see if they were around the 80 I was being told. Since I have 2 radios as of today I could probably do what you mentioned, but I am not sure if I have an audio splitter cable. Also, I just had to go pick up my little one and on the way I thought about it. When adjusting rxamp, if you put it at 10, for example, the max values when the volume it 1/4 of the way is about 79 on the monitor command, when you put rxamp at 15 the monitor is at 127. So I would make sense the rxamp needs to be between 10 and 15 since those are the min and max values you get on monitor when the volume is at a "max."  Perhaps if I can't get that splitter cable, I can get out the 2 computers, watch the aprs website and check the packets to see where they are at. If its between 80-90 consistently and I try to see if I'm "offline" if you will on aprsisce and I'm not.........well then who knows. I know if I'm getting good packets on the emulator it should work, but it just seems I've tuned it to between 80-90 before and nothing, but who knows. Just got the kenwood today, so perhaps if I take another hour or two, I might get it to work. Time will tell........

Oh and I've tried to email TT4 experts in the area, over a month ago, to no reply. Can't seem to find any "nice" people that will come over and help me out.........wish I could find someone, its what I'd prefer.......

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