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Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by K3WDT, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. K3WDT

    K3WDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    What is a good TNC for a packet beginner? i am looking for something that will last, but is affordable. i need something that i can connect to my Yaesu radio with an 8pin packet port.
  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    ?? which Yaesu radio, HF, VHF/UHF, DC-Daylight ...

    Do you mean the 6-pin mini-DIN -- the standard ISO connection?
  3. K3WDT

    K3WDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FTM350AR. and it is an 8pin DIN. i believe it is the only Yaesu radio with this connection
  4. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your Yaesu FTM-350AR already has an internal 1200 bps TNC (usually used for APRS as mobile),
    and this unit was Yaesu's response to the Kenwood TM-D710.

    Yaesu sells an appropriate adapter cable for your mini-DIN 8-pin connector.

    Hal Mueller's explanation of FTM-350AR Packet usage (using TNC built into radio)

    APRSISCE/32 -
    This needs the Yaesu CT-142 cable (8-pin miniDIN to DE-9, serial)
    Kantronics KPC-3+ is popular and new/used units readily available.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2012
  5. K3WDT

    K3WDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    the built in TNC is not accessible from an outside source (ie a computer). basically all you can do is send aprs packets from the radio itself, and display these packets on a computer. what i would like to do is to be able to send messages through APRS from my laptop to the radio then to RF-land. as well as other forms of packet radio.
  6. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    OK, the Kantronics KPC-3+ or any APRS compatible TNC (latest firmware) should work.

    The Yaesu CT-142 data cable has an 8-pin mini-DIN to connect to the Yaesu radio and
    a 9-pin DE-9 (serial) to connecting to the PC.
    The Yaesu CT-140 data cable is like the CT-142, but includes an extra lead for connecting
    to an external TNC (6-pin miniDIN)

    For programming this Yaesu radio these cables must use a USB/serial converter that contains an FTDI USB chip; Prolific USB chips do not work at the non-standard cloning baud rate of 48000 baud used in this Yaesu configuration. -- Yaesu/Vertex Support.
  7. K3WDT

    K3WDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    thanks for the help. hopefully i can find a TNC that can connect to my laptop by usb because it has no serial ports.
  8. W9GB

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