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Re: GPS Setup

Rob Giuliano
 

The best way to know if the GPS is working with APRSIS32 is the screen changes to include GPS infomration:
1. The port status moves down a little and the SPEED from teh GPS will show above it.
2. Next to speed is direction, and below direction is Odometer
3. Across the bottom are satellite stats.

If you are not seeing these, then the GPS is not "enabled".
  Menu item >Enables and miodway down is >GPS Enabled
If you see -- (2 dashes) in teh scroller and the bottom shows 2 lines of N/A, there is no GPS attached.
  Look at menu item >Configure >Ports >MNEA

As Lynn said - only 1 application can access the physical comm port at a time, so make sure Googel Earth and any other apps are closed.

Lynn addressed the PathError as well, but I thought I'd add some detail on how you know the GPS is working.

Robert Giuliano
KB8RCO



On Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:56:36 AM EDT, 'Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)' kj4erj@... [aprsisce] wrote:


 

You seem to have multiple problems here.  First, after configuring the NMEA port with the appropriate COM settings, you'll need to check Enables / GPS Enabled.  That should cause APRSIS32 to open the COM port and begin expecting NMEA strings from the GPS.

If you see any errors there, particularly an error 5, you probably have some other application using the GPS COM port.  Windows only allows one program at a time to access any given port.  There are port sharing applications available for Windows and perhaps someone that has experience with those will step up with a comment.

What do you have configured under Configure / Beacon / Path?  It sounds like there's a misteak (sic) in there that might be causing the Trace(PathError) to show up.

Also, do you have an RF port configure, or is this instance only on the APRS-IS?


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

On 10/10/2019 1:43 AM, Brandon Clark kl7bsc@... [aprsisce] wrote:
Good evening, 

I recently purchased a GPS dongle for my laptop, but I'm not sure how to get it to work with APRSIS32. 

Steps so far: 
1. Installed drivers and utility software. 2.Verified that the USB GPS dongle works with its own software.
3. Found the virtual com port in Windows 10 device manager. (One of the drivers for the dongle adds this as COM 6.) 
4. Tested Google Earth to see if it could get my location from the dongle. Success! Dongle is producing NMEA strings that GE can read. 
5. Entered the appropriate settings from there into the "NMEA Port Configuration" dialog of APRSIS32. 
Soooo, now what . . . ?  

Should the program update the position of my icon on the map, based on the GPS data? Is there a way to confirm that the program is receiving the data? 
The program doesn't seem to be locking onto any particular position, and a new dialog comes up when I send a beacon: "Trace(PathError)" with my callsign-SSID. Seems to be a lot of some kind.

Maybe I have something configured improperly, or I'm missing some steps? 
Thanks,
Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

PS, not sure if it's related, but Winlink Express is unable to access the GPS. When I select COM 6 in the "GPS / Position Report" window I get the following error: "Error opening GPS: the given port name does not start with COM/com or does not resolve to a valid serial port. Parameter name: portName"


Re: GPS Setup

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

You seem to have multiple problems here.  First, after configuring the NMEA port with the appropriate COM settings, you'll need to check Enables / GPS Enabled.  That should cause APRSIS32 to open the COM port and begin expecting NMEA strings from the GPS.

If you see any errors there, particularly an error 5, you probably have some other application using the GPS COM port.  Windows only allows one program at a time to access any given port.  There are port sharing applications available for Windows and perhaps someone that has experience with those will step up with a comment.

What do you have configured under Configure / Beacon / Path?  It sounds like there's a misteak (sic) in there that might be causing the Trace(PathError) to show up.

Also, do you have an RF port configure, or is this instance only on the APRS-IS?


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

On 10/10/2019 1:43 AM, Brandon Clark kl7bsc@... [aprsisce] wrote:
Good evening, 

I recently purchased a GPS dongle for my laptop, but I'm not sure how to get it to work with APRSIS32. 

Steps so far: 
1. Installed drivers and utility software. 2.Verified that the USB GPS dongle works with its own software.
3. Found the virtual com port in Windows 10 device manager. (One of the drivers for the dongle adds this as COM 6.) 
4. Tested Google Earth to see if it could get my location from the dongle. Success! Dongle is producing NMEA strings that GE can read. 
5. Entered the appropriate settings from there into the "NMEA Port Configuration" dialog of APRSIS32. 
Soooo, now what . . . ?  

Should the program update the position of my icon on the map, based on the GPS data? Is there a way to confirm that the program is receiving the data? 
The program doesn't seem to be locking onto any particular position, and a new dialog comes up when I send a beacon: "Trace(PathError)" with my callsign-SSID. Seems to be a lot of some kind.

Maybe I have something configured improperly, or I'm missing some steps? 
Thanks,
Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

PS, not sure if it's related, but Winlink Express is unable to access the GPS. When I select COM 6 in the "GPS / Position Report" window I get the following error: "Error opening GPS: the given port name does not start with COM/com or does not resolve to a valid serial port. Parameter name: portName"


GPS Setup

Brandon Clark
 

Good evening, 

I recently purchased a GPS dongle for my laptop, but I'm not sure how to get it to work with APRSIS32. 

Steps so far: 
1. Installed drivers and utility software. 2.Verified that the USB GPS dongle works with its own software.
3. Found the virtual com port in Windows 10 device manager. (One of the drivers for the dongle adds this as COM 6.) 
4. Tested Google Earth to see if it could get my location from the dongle. Success! Dongle is producing NMEA strings that GE can read. 
5. Entered the appropriate settings from there into the "NMEA Port Configuration" dialog of APRSIS32. 
Soooo, now what . . . ?  

Should the program update the position of my icon on the map, based on the GPS data? Is there a way to confirm that the program is receiving the data? 
The program doesn't seem to be locking onto any particular position, and a new dialog comes up when I send a beacon: "Trace(PathError)" with my callsign-SSID. Seems to be a lot of some kind.

Maybe I have something configured improperly, or I'm missing some steps? 
Thanks,
Brandon Clark, KL7BSC

PS, not sure if it's related, but Winlink Express is unable to access the GPS. When I select COM 6 in the "GPS / Position Report" window I get the following error: "Error opening GPS: the given port name does not start with COM/com or does not resolve to a valid serial port. Parameter name: portName"


Re: Tile fetching

Frederic Thisdele
 

Hi James,

No I didn't read this page and thanks for pointing me on this function. This is going to save me alot of time. Even if it's been more than 6 years I'm using APRSIS32, there's so many features I didn't took the time to read about. It's a good reminder for everobody : RTFM ... loll I'll follow your instructions and copy the procedure in my APRSRS32 reference book for offline use and teaching.

Lynn, I know I'm not the first to tell you but APRSIS32 is realy an awsome software. Thanks for supporthing the comunity and for the tremendous hours you spent programming.

Cheers.

Fred VE2ONR


Re: APRSISCE & FTM-100

Jeff Snodgrass
 

Problems resolved.  Tonight I pulled out a spare old laptop and loaded AGWPE and APRSIS32 on it and followed the setup from the previously mentioned YouTube video.  Initially I had the same result.  After I tied my audio input to my laptop speakers I could hear a large amount of white noise.  I turned off a fan that was close to the FTM-100 and the noise level dropped.  DUH!!  The Mic on the 100 was active all the time!!  I unplugged the mic and immediately started showing received RF APRS information on the APRSIS32 screen.  All is now well.  

Thanks for the assistance.  As usual it was a dumb error on my part causing the problem.

-Jeff, K9JTV


Re: Tile fetching

James Ewen
 

Have you read this page?


I was running on a network connection with 10 Mbps download speed, and could fetch all the tiles on screen within a few seconds. 

This gets everything at the current view level and two levels closer in. 

Zoom level 20 is ridiculously close, I never go that close in. Below is level 20 on the OSM mobile site. 



Below is level 18, which if you were looking at in APRSISCE/32, prefetch would get tiles down to level 20. Level 18 is still far closer than I would ever need to us for APRS. 


Below is level 16. This is high enough resolution for my needs when tracking people on APRS, even for a walk/run/cycle race. 



I can prefetch those tiles at zoom level 14. I can scroll around all of Edmonton on my APRSISCE/32 instance with maybe 8 stops total. Just stop and wait for the circle to stop expanding before moving to your next location. 

If you are doing large areas, remember that the prefetch gets the current level and 2 below. You don’t have to run over the same area at each zoom, just every three levels. If it’s really slow, watch a movie, or have a coffee and visit with your family while occasionally poking at your computer. 


James
VE6SRV

On Oct 2, 2019, at 9:20 AM, Frederic Thisdele ve2onr@... [aprsisce] wrote:


Re: Tile fetching

Greg D
 

James probably has a better way to do this, but what I do is first turn off the tile purging, then zoom to the overall area I want to fetch, then do a prefetch.  Both of these are under Configure -> Map.  I believe the prefetch grabs the current zoom level and another couple below that.  It does not dive all the way to the lowest detail all at once.  For the detail areas, I zoom in on the area of interest, and do another prefetch.

Greg  KO6TH


Frederic Thisdele ve2onr@... [aprsisce] wrote:

 

hi James,

I'm don't want to fetch tiles via rf, I whant to do it with internet at home before leaving to the exercice.

How have you fetch the entire province of Alberta in 5 minutes? Did you zom in at max level and scroll around to fetch everything?

When I say forever, I meen it took me about 2 hours to fetch the south portion of Montreal at street level for the 2018 marathon (I've scrolled the screen following a gpx track).

Thanks.



Re: Tile fetching

Frederic Thisdele
 

hi James,

I'm don't want to fetch tiles via rf, I whant to do it with internet at home before leaving to the exercice.

How have you fetch the entire province of Alberta in 5 minutes? Did you zom in at max level and scroll around to fetch everything?

When I say forever, I meen it took me about 2 hours to fetch the south portion of Montreal at street level for the 2018 marathon (I've scrolled the screen following a gpx track).

Thanks.


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Greg Depew
 

Thanks Rob, but I've got the USB power settings set to never sleep. It's just a quirk of Windows. I've had the same problem on laptops with the same setup. It just goes wonky, such is life lol. 



Greg KB3KBR Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Rob Giuliano kb8rco@... [aprsisce]"
Date: 10/1/19 19:51 (GMT-05:00)
To: "Greg Depew goatherder_4891@... [aprsisce]"
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

Check your power settings, specifically your USB power settings.
Windows tends to think things should go to sleep, expecially USB ports.

Don't rtecall the exact setting, but we have to change the power settings for many USB device we want "active" even if no one is physically at the computer.

Robert Giuliano
KB8RCO



On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6:54:12 PM EDT, Greg Depew goatherder_4891@... [aprsisce] wrote:


 

Your 400 will allow for recieve and transmit. You just can't use the internal TNC. If you've already setup for FlDigi or other sound card modes you're setup for sound card APRS. I personally use an ftm350 and a signal link along with UZ7HO'S soundmodem. Every once in a while I will have to disconnect and reconnect the signallink but I think that is a Windows issue. 



Greg KB3KBR Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "kb6vtu@... [aprsisce]"
Date: 10/1/19 08:55 (GMT-05:00)
To: aprsisce@...
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

ok, thank you very much. Is there a better radio that would allow for receive and transmit? 

josh
KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Rob Giuliano
 

Check your power settings, specifically your USB power settings.
Windows tends to think things should go to sleep, expecially USB ports.

Don't rtecall the exact setting, but we have to change the power settings for many USB device we want "active" even if no one is physically at the computer.

Robert Giuliano
KB8RCO



On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6:54:12 PM EDT, Greg Depew goatherder_4891@... [aprsisce]


 

Your 400 will allow for recieve and transmit. You just can't use the internal TNC. If you've already setup for FlDigi or other sound card modes you're setup for sound card APRS. I personally use an ftm350 and a signal link along with UZ7HO'S soundmodem. Every once in a while I will have to disconnect and reconnect the signallink but I think that is a Windows issue. 



Greg KB3KBR Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "kb6vtu@... [aprsisce]"
Date: 10/1/19 08:55 (GMT-05:00)
To: aprsisce@...
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

ok, thank you very much. Is there a better radio that would allow for receive and transmit? 

josh
KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Greg Depew
 

Your 400 will allow for recieve and transmit. You just can't use the internal TNC. If you've already setup for FlDigi or other sound card modes you're setup for sound card APRS. I personally use an ftm350 and a signal link along with UZ7HO'S soundmodem. Every once in a while I will have to disconnect and reconnect the signallink but I think that is a Windows issue. 



Greg KB3KBR Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "kb6vtu@... [aprsisce]"
Date: 10/1/19 08:55 (GMT-05:00)
To: aprsisce@...
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

ok, thank you very much. Is there a better radio that would allow for receive and transmit? 

josh
KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Glenn O'Connor <kf0ed@...>
 

Walkaround solution: AprsDroid, if an Android phone, a Mobilinkd TNC and any H/T with the proper patch coax.

 

From: aprsisce@... <aprsisce@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2019 9:58 AM
To: aprsisce@...
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

 

I’m using a TNC3 and aprsis32. Benefits being I can walk around camp and still view and transmit aprs data. The Kenwoods often have true TNC’s, but also lack touch screens and modern looks. It’s frustrating the 400 doesn’t allow full access on its own, but Yaesu and users certainly don’t make it a secret. And the aftermarket solutions are better in many ways than an internal TNC.


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Justin Cherington
 

I’m using a TNC3 and aprsis32. Benefits being I can walk around camp and still view and transmit aprs data. The Kenwoods often have true TNC’s, but also lack touch screens and modern looks. It’s frustrating the 400 doesn’t allow full access on its own, but Yaesu and users certainly don’t make it a secret. And the aftermarket solutions are better in many ways than an internal TNC.


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Rob Giuliano
 

Unfortunately, you were sold a "bill of goods" by Yaesu and poor reviewers like the ARRL.  The Yaesu radios are not capable of TX from an attached computer   they only have a built in tracker and the ability to send decoded packets back to the computer.  It is NOT a true TNC.  Pages 155 - 158 are kind of cinfusing as well, but from 156 it says the serial port can send "YOUR POSITION" to the attached pc.  Note there is nothing about received packets.

Only solution is using an external TNC (or sound card) to the data port with audio I/O and ptt. Pins 1, 2, 3, [4 or 5] and optionally 6.  See page 158 of the manual.


On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 0:58, kb6vtu@... [aprsisce]
wrote:
 

Hi,

I've setup my FTM-400XDR with APRSISCE and it receives fine. I just can't get it to transmit messages?


Is there anything obvious that I might be missing? I keep trying to configure the radio and I always check the Xmit button, but it always gets unchecked.


Is there a thread on this already? I looked, but couldn't find it.


Is it the password? It asked something about a password, but I don't know that I have any type of password. I've never needed one before?


thx,

josh

KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

James Ewen
 

The Kenwood APRS line works well. 

James
VE6SRV

On Oct 1, 2019, at 6:46 AM, kb6vtu@... [aprsisce] wrote:

 ok, thank you very much. Is there a better radio that would allow for receive and transmit? 
josh
KB6VTU


Re: Tile fetching

James Ewen
 

I’ve been able to fetch tiles for the whole province of Alberta right down to street level manually within about 5 minutes maximum. 

That’s a fairly large area in a short amount of time, and with a fairly slow network access. Define “forever”. 

There is no way to fetch tiles via RF on the APRS network. One tile would overwhelm the network for many minutes, let alone hundreds of tiles. 

James
VE6SRV

On Oct 1, 2019, at 12:39 AM, vince vince83687@... [aprsisce] wrote:


Yes Lynn and group.

Yea how could this be done offline. Can one retrieve tiles by way of RF in the software program?
Thanks
---
-During World War 1 & 2. Hams could not do what in the USA?
- In the movie Contact, what was Ellie's CallSign?
73 Vince KD7TWW ":>
Thank you for your reply...


On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:31 PM Frederic Thisdele ve2onr@... [aprsisce] <aprsisce@...> wrote:
 

Hi group and Lynn,

This sathurday, I'll be using APRSIS32 offline (without internet access) for an national earthquaqe exercice and need to fetch tiles for an entire region. Is there a way to fetch othen than having to scroll the region before leaving? Having to scroll 4 x 6 miles square at different levels is taking quite some time. Multiply this by 3 different tile set (osm, world street maps and world imagery), I'll be here for ever.

I would love to be able to fetch my entire region but what will be the volume of tiles and how much space it will take on the pc hard drive. I think tiles are plain images compare to maps that are vector images..

Thanks for any solutions.

73

Fred VE2ONR


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

kb8uih88@...
 

Yaesu's APRS system is proprietary and isn't hackable that I know of. Its use with programs like APRSISCE and others is problematic at best.

Chris

-----------------------------------------

From: "Greg D ko6th.greg@... [aprsisce]"
To: aprsisce@...
Cc:
Sent: Tuesday October 1 2019 1:19:24AM
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

The APRS-IS passcode is only used to send messages into the APRS-IS (Internet System).  Your RF "passcode" is your Ham license...

I don't know the FTM400 specifically, but in general Yaesu radios' built-in APRS is generally limited.  Receive is good, but transmit is problematic.  Most have better luck with an external TNC of some sort, or using a "Sound Card" equivalent such as Direwolf or AGW.  What are you using for the TNC function?

Greg  KO6TH


kb6vtu@... [aprsisce] wrote:

 

Maybe it's the APRS passcode, but I don't know what that is or where I get it?



Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

Josh KB6VTU
 

ok, thank you very much. Is there a better radio that would allow for receive and transmit? 
josh
KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

vince <vince83687@...>
 

Greg Depew

Thanks for that. I have been wondering myself concerning your answer. Thanks for the tip!!
---
-During World War 1 & 2. Hams could not do what in the USA?
- In the movie Contact, what was Ellie's CallSign?
73 Vince KD7TWW ":>
Thank you for your reply...


On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 12:41 AM Greg Depew goatherder_4891@... [aprsisce] <aprsisce@...> wrote:
 

The tncs inside yaesu radios are locked down and inaccessible for transmitting with a computer. The only way to transmit with a Yaesu is to use either the sound card method such as you would with FlDigi. Or to use an external tnc. 



Greg KB3KBR Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "kb6vtu@... [aprsisce]" <aprsisce@...>
Date: 10/1/19 00:58 (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [aprsisce] FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

 

Hi,

I've setup my FTM-400XDR with APRSISCE and it receives fine. I just can't get it to transmit messages?


Is there anything obvious that I might be missing? I keep trying to configure the radio and I always check the Xmit button, but it always gets unchecked.


Is there a thread on this already? I looked, but couldn't find it.


Is it the password? It asked something about a password, but I don't know that I have any type of password. I've never needed one before?


thx,

josh

KB6VTU


Re: FTM-400XDR won't transmit message from APRSISCE?

vince <vince83687@...>
 

@josh KB6VTU
PASSCODE not passphrase 73 
---
-During World War 1 & 2. Hams could not do what in the USA?
- In the movie Contact, what was Ellie's CallSign?
73 Vince KD7TWW ":>
Thank you for your reply...


On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:44 PM kb6vtu@... [aprsisce] <aprsisce@...> wrote:
 

so I went out and got a passphrase. I can send messages over the internet to the radio, but I can't send messages through the radio when I turn the internet connection off. If I try to send a message the radio never keys up. It does receive, just won't transmit. I can send messages to radios, but only through the internet, not through my radio. 


I'm sure I'm doing something wrong.

thx,
josh
KB6VTU

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