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Re: Starting out on packet mode



Hello Ciaran,

You can use AGWpe as the soundcard modem. This site has an 
excellent "How-To":
<http://kc2rlm.info/soundcardpacket/>

There is another application that works with AGWpe to simplify 
APRS via ISS and that is UISS.
<http://users.belgacom.net/hamradio/uiss.htm>

Since you already have an interface, you could be up and running 
for the next pass.

For the FT-857, I set menu 80 RF-GAIN/SQL to squelch and open 
the squelch for packet. I'm connected to the 6 pin data jack and 
use either mode FM or PKT. If you use PKT set menu 73 to 1200bps 
and adjust the audio input gain at menu 71 if needed. I turn DNR 
and DBF off for packet.

For pass prediction I use Orbitron. It is a simple easy to use 
program.
<http://www.stoff.pl/>

73
Mike kc9doa

On 2 Nov 2008 at 10:38, Ciaran Morgan wrote:

> Hello folks,
> 
> Being a relative "newbe" to the hobby, I am trying to find
> information on using packet data with the likes of the ISS and
> other AO satellites.  
> 
> My set up is fairly basic at the moment - FT857D using a US
> Interface Navigator and running into a Watson W50 co-linear that
> is on the very top of my house (which is on a bit of a hill in
> the area I live).  I know most people suggest/recommend using a
> TNC for packet but are there any software TNCs/systems (and
> instructions on setting them up) around that I could pick up to
> try out?
> 
> I did hear the ISS on 145.825Mhz this morning as it went over
> Europe (0840UTC ish.) which is a start.. 
> 
> 
> 73
> 
> Ciaran - M0XTD	

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