|The General configuration dialog is the first dialog that is presented on a clean installation of APRSISCE/32 and collects the basic configuration information necessary to operate an APRS-IS client.
This is actually the only field that you MUST complete to configure a new APRSISCE/32 instance. Enter you amateur radio callsign and an optional -SSID. If you are new to APRS and don't know what an -SSID is, just enter your callsign to get started.
The APRS-IS network requires an authentication passcode before packets will be accepted. This is the same passcode granted your callsign if you have used other APRS-IS clients in the past. If you are new to APRS or do not remember your APRS-IS passcode, send an e-mail to moc.spuorgoohay|renwo-ecsisrpa#tseuqeR edocssaP to request one. Make sure you include your name, callsign, and the fact that you need a passcode for APRSISCE/32. If your beaconed positions are not showing up on APRS Internet sites like aprs.fi or findu.com, an incorrect passcode is the most probable cause (second only to not having an active Internet connection! or having Enables / Internet Access unchecked).
The quiet time is the maximum length of time APRSISCE/32 will allow without receiving any thing from an APRS-IS server before the connection is dropped and re-established. The default of 60 seconds is usually sufficient. This Quiet Time limit allows intermittent Internet connections like Cellular Internet while roaming to recover a dropped connection. APRS-IS servers provide a heartbeat/keepalive packet enabling Quiet Time to work well at detecting a failed connection.
This is the range (in 1/10 miles, so multiply by 10) of the default Range filter for APRS-IS. If you want 50 miles, enter 500. If you are operating an IGate and don't want any unnecessary packets from APRS-IS, you can set this to 0 (zero). APRSISCE/32 uses this value in constructing other components of its automatic-filters.
If you want to supply any additional filter terms, enter them here. Do NOT include anything but actual filter terms as described at Filters In particular do NOT put a "#filter" prefix as required by some other APRS clients. Unless you have something specific you're interested in, the automatic-filters will probably be sufficient and you can leave this blank.
This is the beacon comment sent with APRS position packets. See also Configure Beacon.
You can click on the symbol to choose a different symbol for your station. This symbol is used for local display (unless you override it with a Nickname) as well as being sent with APRS position packets. For a look at all of the available symbols, see symbols
This button provides access to the Configure Genius dialog box.
This button provides access to the NMEA GPS configuration. You can run APRSISCE/32 without a GPS by manually panning and zooming the map and clicking Transmit to confirm your desire to move ME. If you are running APRSISCE on Windows Mobile and have an internal GPS supported by the uSoft GPSapi (most are), you do not need to configure an NMEA GPS.
The PHG button will prompt for Power, Height Above Average Terrain (HAAT), Gain, and directional characteristics of your station. The resultant PHG string will be automatically inserted into your Comment string. If you are running a non-RF station, you don't need to even think about PHG.
This will accept all changes and close the dialog.
This will close the dialog discarding all changes made. (This may eventually disappear and become an X on the title bar)