In January of ’012 I gave Xastir a shot [tech-tut.com/?p=1624], and for the most part I really liked it. The problems that I had included having to run the TNC in KISS mode and then trying to get the TNC out of KISS mode for other packet operations.
Lately I have been running my home server with “remote X” which allows me to use programs with GUIs installed on my server on a remote system. With this visual capability, running packet through Minicom has become a little boring. I have also grown a little tired of chasing the ISS, so I set my radio for 144.390MHz and decided I would use a little packet radio for a little while.
I found a solution to my original problem of getting my KAM TNC out of KISS mode. In order to do this you have to send ALT+192 ALT+255 ALT+192 (which translates into 0xC0 0xFF 0xC0). You can’t send these codes in Minicom or Cutecom as far as I know. I’ve tried, but pressing ALT just makes the horizontal tool bar light up.
The program that I found that could send these hex codes is GTKTERM. Before I couldn’t do this because I wasn’t running X. Now I can and it allows me to send these codes to reset my KAM TNC.
There isn’t much of anything exciting about what I’m doing, but it is neat to see what all is sending position data around me. I am not using a GPS since the position and radio is in my shack. I just transmit my home location. It is just a change of pace to see what’s going on around me (which is something that viewing raw APRS packets in Minicom didn’t really do.)