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Author Topic: Packet Radio - TS-2000  (Read 3467 times)
MOTOR486
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« on: September 01, 2011, 06:30:53 PM »

Hi, all,

   I have recently purchased a Kenwood TS-2000 and, I must say, love the rig. I upgraded from an Icom 718 and really enjoy being able to dig more stations out of the muck than before. It has a built-in TNC, which has piqued my curiosity about packet radio.

   My rig can display DX clusters, but the problem is that I am lost when it comes to packet radio. I am able to connect my rig to my laptop, but that's about it. I have the ARRL VHF Digital manual, but it is short of info when it comes to actually working packet.

   I am sure that I need to install some software to work packet, but have not been able to decipher much beyond that. Does anyone have a link that can lead me in the correct direction???

   Although I have been licensed for fewer than four years, I work CW as my primary mode, and am only nine entities away from DXCC. I think that being able to access DX clusters may help me in my quest for DXCC. I do monitor an on-line cluster, but I would like to combine my interest in packet with my desire for DXCC.

   I'll bet I get a lot of responses, so I'll thank you all in advance.

73,

Rob
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2011, 05:39:29 PM »

I use MixW for all my digital operation including packet.  Yes, I know it does cost a little but, it is reliable.

Go here for some basic packet info: http://www.tapr.org/packetradio.html
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KB6HOH
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2011, 01:50:55 AM »

Rob,

        GM de Steve KB6HOH. MixW is OK but for Packet, it is very limited. We also found out the Hard way that the TS-2000 does not work with the Winlink Airmail program so don't even go there. A basic program like Windows Hyper Terminal works but it too is very limited. If you have Procomm that is a fully Comms program that also has programable MACROS (Meta Keys) which would give you better capabilities. Either way any program that supports a Dumb Terminal emulation would also work.
On my Yahoo USER Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/packet-radio I have a program called XPWIN. Its a Windows based Program that supports AEA and Kantronics TNC's as well as a plain Dumb Terminal Systems.
The program is also available at: http://www.glaswerks.com/xpware
The Software is now freeware. If you do use it please let me know how it works.
FYI - We added a Kantronics KPC-3 to our TS-2000 for our RACES Winlink/Airmail System.

                              73 de Steve KB6HOH
                              kb6hoh@comcast.net
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                              Skype (kb6hoh or email add)
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