PACKET RADIO: K-Node Information

Steve Wolf, W8IZ@W8IZ

(This text from the W8IZ packet radio bulletin

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Kantronics began building nodes right into their TNCs.

The idea that everyone could be a node was novel. With the

addition of an additional port, nodes could be used to

cross-band signal onto other VHF/UHF bands or even HF.

The operation of NET/ROM nodes was explained in the file

about Network Nodes. K Nodes operation is quite similar except

that the nodes do not currently learn more efficient

routes from one another. They do announce their presence

and log each other's information. To find a route past

the node is your challenge.


Kantronics nodes come in two flavors. Single port

jobs will allow you in band communications. Dual ports

will allow you to expand onto other bands, even HF.

As always, and "H" will let you know what you can

try. A "N" will get you the list of nodes that are

heard. Because a node hears two ports does not mean

that you can use two ports. You may find the second

port active but unwilling to accept connects.

A "C" command is used for connects on the same band.

A "X" allows connects to stations on the other port.

This is the primary difference between a KA Node and a

K Node.


K Nodes are emulations of the Kantronics KA Node.

However, they may allow connects over a much broader

range of ports.

The MSYS PBBS software used by the NCARC PBBS allows

for up to six ports; six different frequencies. The

K Node software in the MSYS package allows the user

to make connects to these other ports, if they are


At present, we have two ports. Port 0 (zero) is on

145.09. Port one is on 223.7. The "X" command is NOT

used by MSYS. Instead, you use a "C" and a port number.

"C0" allows a connect on 145.09. "C1" allows a connect on


You can connect to another node, NET/ROM or K Node,

or to another station. You can see what nodes and what

stations the node has heard since it was last booted or

cleared. Under MSYS there are a number of commands that

will allow you to see what is being heard on the channel.

To use this feature, first use "?J".

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