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Old 04-25-2013, 08:52 AM
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Anyone have experience with this thing? I was looking at the manual for the FT-2900R and saw it can do packet operation. I've been wanting something that does that and APRS and it looks like this could do both. I'm hoping to eventually hook up with some ARES stuff & be able to offer that ability to the team.
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I have a TT4. It does what it says. I forget if I have the kit one or not, but I also have a little LCD display that I can tinker with. Where there any questions specifically you have about it? I run a Garmin GPS 18x LVC puck with it. I used it with a FT-8800, so I built a 8-pin DIN plug harness to use with it, pigbacked power from the radio itself. You'd have to built a mic & speaker interface for your FT-2900, but it would work fine.
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so I built a 8-pin DIN plug harness to use with it
dude, seriously, is there anything you don't know how to do?
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dude, seriously, is there anything you don't know how to do?
There is a diagram in the manual and there are 8 wires in the pigtail. Five minutes with a soldering iron and you're done, it ain't rocket surgery. The hardest part is knowing which is pin 1 and figuring out which 1 of 9 pins you don't use in the DB9 plug.

Some things I don't know:
  • Morse Code
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • How not to get my tractor stuck in the mud
  • C#
  • All of Shakespeare's work
But I wanna know, so I'm working on them.

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Some things I don't know:
  • Morse Code
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • How not to get my tractor stuck in the mud
  • C#
  • All of Shakespeare's work
But I wanna know, so I'm working on them.


i can help with the C# if you need it but i was never a ground fighting fan. you're on your own for the other items.
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Cool, I saw Byonics has cables pre-made too for $19. Can you use APRS and Packet Radio simultaneously? I think I would just get their GPS2 module. I saw they have a BlueTooth module, but the GPS on my phone kinda sucks.

TT4 w/ GPS $140 + Display $45 + USB Cable $20 + Interface Cable $19 - $224
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APRS is packet radio, one major use of it anyway. General use APRS activity sits at 144.390MHz, so position reporting, messaging, any other APRS stuff will be there most of the time.

Winlink is really the only other major thing packet-wise you need to configure on VHF. Your emcomm frequencies might be different, that depends on the coordination and scenario.

On HF you'll need to get Paclink and PSK31 going. Also there's JT65 that's used on VHF and HF, although not much for emcomm.
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I think I'm going to order it...sure I'll have some questions when it arrives.
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The little display is nothing fancy, you'll have to build a housing for it BTW and a longer cable. Turned out to be a PITA finding a PS2 keyboard to use with it. LOL! Anyway, if the budget allows it's fun but it's not necessary strictly speaking since it does not completely eliminate the need to use a computer. It just displays decoded packets and lets you send APRS messages with the keyboard, so basic functionality.
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I have a Monoprice flexible keyboard that rolls up. It's USB, but I have a USB to PS/2 adapter...waterproof & all that...

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

So...is there like a switch box or something that you could plug the mic & TT4 into and switch back and forth or do you have to unplug one & plug in the other? Do you have a radio dedicated just for the TT4?

(On another note, my LMR400 & Palomar Engineering balun kit showed up today...c'mon KB9VR Slim Jim!!!)
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