Got a dilemna that's probably a no-brainer once solved, but after two weeks of re-reading manuals, trying two different PCs, different radios, different OS's and different APRS programs, I'm still stumped!
Here's the problem: In APRS, I am tranmitting my location (and verifying I'm heard by others since I then show up on www.aprs.net
, even verified by friends on different computers/connections), but I am not displaying any others I hear in APRS locally. My TNC does show status of having heard several around me and I frequently see the receive light indicating I'm hearing others. I've seen the call signs in the TNC mheard status.
Here's what I'm running - as mentioned, I've verified the same problem in two different configurations and have figured I've got some sort of TNC configuration or APRS software configuration problem. I'll detail both setups:
Setup A. WinAPRS (v2.4.6), Win2K Professional, Kantronics KPC-3+ TNC, Icom IC-T81A with Icom TNC cable. Connecting thru COM2 and works outgoing. Have WinAPRS set to a Kan TNC for the special settings needed. TNC is set to 4800 bps and software is config'ed for serial port and same baud rate. I set to 4800 since the Garmin says it wants 4800 to communicate, even though I'm not seeing it.
I've tried this both with a HSP cable (sharing a Garmin GPS 12 XL, which is also not communicating - I've got the Kantronics HSP cable and the Garmin cable, Garmin brown to Kantronics red, Garmin black to Kantronics black, and cannot receive data from it) and a non-HSP cable which bypasses connecting the GPS altogether (e.g. manually inputting my location data to see if I have a problem on the receive). Same problem in both cases. I'm not using KISS or any special mode (not TNC's APRS mode either) - I am in terminal mode on the TNC.
Setup B. XASTIR (current rev), Redhat Linux 6.2, Kantronics KPC-3+ (same one), ICOM IC-2800H, same Garmin GPS-12XL and cables except for mini-din cable from TNC to radio.
What's odd is that both transmit my data and are heard by the digis, but even though the TNC is hearing others, it's not getting the data into the APRS program - on either setup!
I'd be happy at solving this input problem on neighboring APRS nodes, and would be totally overjoyed at resolving the GPS communication matter too. I have a hunch that since both have to do with the APRS app not receiving incoming data, they might be related...
Any ideas? Much appreciated!
Jamie Saker / Omaha NE