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#1 Schmitzi OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:45 AM

Hi,

 

just to have a thread for the Hamsoft & Kantronics´ Radio solution for the TI-99/4A :)

here is a list (of course) :)  and some pics of my stuff.

 

The parts I know about:

 

Attached File  TI-99-4A-HAM-Radio-v1.00-beta.pdf   38.05KB   22 downloads

 

 

Ads from the HAM-Radio Magazine ´84 / ´85:

 

Attached File  HAM-Radio-advert-TI-99-HAM-Radio-Magazine-06-Jun-1984.JPG   152.16KB   8 downloads Attached File  HAM-Radio-advert-TI-99-HAM-Radio-Magazine-10-Oct-1985.JPG   193.29KB   8 downloads

 

The manual:

 

Attached File  hamsoft manual.pdf   1.38MB   14 downloads

 

 

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#2 Opry99er OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:54 AM

Want...

#3 Schmitzi OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:03 AM

Have....

 

:lust:



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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:09 PM

that's so awesome you have one of those!  My grandpa had one in his 'radio room'.



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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:20 PM

Have. . .although I have a different interface. Mine is "The Interface" as described in the Hamsoft manual.



#6 Schmitzi OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:24 PM

I think we need some pics :D



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:22 AM

here

 

http://www.ebay.de/i...EgAAOSwol5YyeEJ



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:45 AM

wow, nice.  I have a spare one of them, mint in the box



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:13 PM

                                                                      

               HAM Radio Is Still Important              

 

(klick da pic for article)

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Backup of the article: Attached File  Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators.pdf   568.15KB   3 downloads

 



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:31 PM

... and when all IP networks will be surveyed, white-/blacklisted, and deepy inspected.



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:00 PM

I've been out of the hobby now for about a decade, but even then much of the hardware based TNC's and multi-mode controllers were giving way to sound card based units and having everything handled by the PC instead.  Winpack was one popular program for packet radio.  I knew quite a few guys who were using the Tigertronics USB soundcard unit.  My TNC was the KPC-9612 and with it I could run two different frequencies at the same time with my V7A.  I even had fun working the ISS in both digital and analog (voice modes).

 

Politics and the Internet helped to send packet to it's near demise.  I'm not sure how much is going on these days other than mostly ARES/RACES activity and APRS.

 

Hobbies change over the years, but it was fun ride at the time.



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:29 PM

hmm, very interesting. I should have known decades before



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:06 PM

G7VFY listening



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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:10 PM

I was AA5KP many years ago. My grandpa was AC5D and my dad was NX5Z.

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Posted Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:23 PM

Had one for my C128D back in the 90's. I was able to connect my SW radio to it and read RTTY transmissions off the air... I did not know there was an interface made for the TI as well!



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Posted Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:25 AM

I was ´TeddyBear14´ on my small(-range), 3-channel "hand-squeezy"  :) :)

 

 

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Posted Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:36 PM

Long time ham here. I have a handful of TNCs but never have hooked any of them to the TI although it'd be easy. I used to create programs to test myself on Morse code competency, and after I got my PEB in '86, the first thing I wrote since I now had "mass storage" was a logger program to keep track of my contacts. It was fun writing search algorithms that would crawl scan the disk for matches. Good times!

 

In '88 I got my first PC which was an 8088, and I made my own memory-mapped interface from which I could read the status of the output pin of an LM567 tone decoder to turn CW (Morse) to text. I'd feed the audio from my transceiver into this circuit and tune the R to be resonant to 800hz or so. Then I remember writing code in GWBASIC that could track the rise/fall of the tone decoder's output pin, convert it to mark/space in memory, then print the text on the screen. I still this interface card.

 

I've done lots with teletypes too, most recently with a Raspberry Pi bit-banging a relay to control a current loop. I also enjoy PSK31 as a low-speed, keyboard-to-keyboard protocol. Lots of operators there.



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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2019 12:14 PM

Does anyone have the manuals and software for this? Looking at possibly hooking that Kantronics RTTY unit up.

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:36 PM

The one I have borrowed has software 2.0 on it.  I see above you guys have 1.2 and 2.2.

 

Here's the 2.0 ROM.  

 

I'm still looking for a manual and PSU specifications for "The Interface" by Kantronics.  The sidecar doesn't need a PSU, but "The Interface" terminal unit does need one.  Also need guidance on hooking it up to my shortwave so I can see if it still decodes RTTY and CW.

 

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