Ham Radio Nerd
- Apr 14, 2002
I haven't come across anything yet that shows me that it can do crossband repeat. If I do, I'll be sure and post an update.
My first issue is that there is no way to mute the APRS traffic without changing the receiver balance so that all audio is directed to VFO B. The Yaesu radios implement a feature called "APRS MUTE" which does just that when you have the APRS function turned on. There is no such feature on the TH-D72, but there needs to be one. It is a hassle to have to set the audio balance in the menu every time you decide to use APRS and then remember to reset the balance back to normal when you want to use VFO A for voice.
My next issue is with the way the received stations' beacons pop up. I would like to be able to turn the popup off, but there isn't a way to do that. When using APRS, you ALWAYS have to be bothered with the popups, even if you don't want the alerts. In reality, sometimes I want the popups, and sometimes I just don't want to be bothered by them.
Can you set a CTCSS Tone for the APRS VFO to essentially mute the APRS traffic? (This could be set on an APRS memory, so that tuning to other memories on this VFO would automatically "un-mute").
Menu 3 U1 - Interrupt Time sets how long the pop-ups are displayed. Is there any way to set this to zero to disable pop-ups?
There's also, Menu No. 3 U0 - Display Area, and Menu 3 BO - Position Limiter
If you are using the radio in duplex mode, this means that you will want to shift the monitoring frequency on VFO A. However, you must have VFO B selected to transmit. If you have VFO B selected, there is no way to change the frequency on VFO A unless you hit the A/B button, bump the frequency, then hit A/B again to change to VFO B. This operation is a hassle when you've only got a few minutes to work the pass, especially if you're holding some type of hand-held yagi in another hand! What you really need to be able to do is configure the buttons or knobs so that you can change VFO A independent of VFO B to really make effective use of the duplex function while working the satellites. I don't mean to imply that you can't do it this way; it just seems like too much of a hassle to me.
Is there some secret to use the software on the kenwood site to program odd splits into the radio for sats? I tried programming AO-51 freqs into it and when I typed in the RX of 145.92 rx freq and it will default to 410.000. So my temporary work around is to have 5 RX freqs for doppler programmed plus 1 for TX. I haven't tried programming it manually yet.
Hey Moleculo, great job on the review and info.
Can the THD72 be used with UIView just like its big brother the D710?
I use APRSISCE rather than the obsolete UI-View but I just hooked my newly arrived D72 to it using the same configuration I use with my D710 (just changed the com port) and it worked fine.
The D72 has an option that appears to allow the GPS data to appear on the com port as well. I have never used a GPS with APRSISCE since it's a home based IGate so I don't know if it can take advantage of that but if it can't I'm sure it soon will do.
Do you have the time for the GPS to´work when switch on, on new position?