Re: New MFJ TNC-PI (maybe) ALTERNATIVE at Less Cost.

Martin Cooper

DINAH has been around for a while, as have its relatives, BRIAN and SHARI. If you've seen any of the numerous posts around the web about how to modify a USB sound fob for Allstar, that's essentially what DINAH is, except that they've designed their own USB sound PCB with those mods built in, and packaged it with a 6-pin mini-DIN socket for convenience.

BRIAN is effectively DINAH packaged together with the innards of a Baofeng BF-888S radio. SHARI is the same thing, but using a NiceRF SA818 instead of the Baofeng.


On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 12:18 PM Lawrence Macionski via <> wrote:
I have been using a HAM RADIO PROJECTS DINAH to access ALLSTAR on a Raspberry PI. Excellent product, Excellent cottage industry out of Michigan.

Just today on --DINAH blog, -Mike KJ7OWD indicated that the DINAH works perfect with DIREWOLF as a APRS I-GATE...
This was just posted TODAY and CAVEAT -all of it's capabilities have not been uncovered or documented. 

I have run the TNC-PI with XASTIR years ago, but understand DIREWOLF is more robust.

The DINAH is available as a kit ($35+$8 ship), or assembled ($45+$8ship) and comes with a 6pin to 6 pin DIN cable that plugs into many 2-way ham radio data ports, such as my Yaesu FT-817 or Kenwood TM-V7A.  Preliminary as it is, it is less expensive that the MFJ.
Info on the DINAH

They also make a SHARI - same idea except it comes with a 300-500MW VHF or UHF transceiver for local operation.

So let the experimenting begin.....

Larry W8LM

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