Originally Posted by pa38112
Allen - for clarification (because there seemed to be some back-and-forth) is this configuration the same as your recommendation, and is it how a new tracker will come configured for use in an airplane ?
No, your settings are very different. To start, you are using the mobile Digipath, of Wide1-1,Wide2-1, which I actually prefer since it works better on the ground. The default for an Aircraft would probably be set by Byon as WIDE2-1.
MIC-E should not really effect ground stations receiving you, but turning it off is a great way to debug the problems. One of the most Common TNC (Digipeater Controllers) has a known bug of delaying packets, and without a human readable time stamp, your ship may appear to be doing things that are physically impossible. Having a time stamp may not fix that, but it will clear up the problem.
Your Fast and Slow Smart Beaconing times are the same, so you may as well use just a timed transmission rate. Given your very wide digipath, once per minute is a bit fast to be considered polite for extended use, so we would set it at 120 second transmission intervals. Since you are selecting your config on the fly, so to speak, it would be more polite to switch to the narrower Digipath at altitude, and go wider at low altitude. This is actually a function we hope to make automatic in the next generation of software for the frequency agile products.
Setting the Twist Enabled will always improve the transmission, although you may need to recalibrate the deviation control if you swap settings. Its designed to work with the Twist Enabled.