Coastal ChipWorks will be closed between January 23rd and January 30th. The entire company will taking our annual
retreat from the cold and snow of Western New York to the beach in Jamaica. Orders received by noon January 22nd
will be shipped before we leave. Orders that are received after that will be shipped in the order in which they were
received starting January 31st. We appreciate your patience!
The First TNC to Offer Both USB and Bluetooth
TNC-Pi and TNC-Pi9K6 are versions of TNC-X that have been adapted specifically for the Raspberry Pi!. See below.
TNC-X with USB option installed
Daughter Boards for TNC-X:
X-BT2: Bluetooth for the TNC-X.
APRS on Your Android Smart Phone!
X-Digi: Add A Digipeater to TNC-X!
X-Track: Make your TNC-X a Tracker!
Connectors (Left to Right): Auxilliary Serial port, Serial Port, USB Port, External Power, Radio Connector
TNC-X is a Terminal Node Controller (kit) design based on the Chepponis/Karn KISS protocol. It is implemented using a Microchip PIC 16F628A microcontroller, a CML MX614 Bell 202 (1200 baud AX.25) modem chip, an 8K Ramtron FRAM, a MAX232A level converter chip, and an op-amp which provides active audio filtering for the modem. From the beginning, this TNC was designed to be small, inexpensive, have low power consumption, and expandable.
TNC-X features an 8 pin expansion header that allows the addition of "daughter boards". Power is provided to the daughter board through the expansion header. In addition, signals that would otherwise go to or from a host PC can be intercepted by the daughter board at the TTL level and processed. The I/O on the expansion header speaks "KISS" so that any daughter board only has to send and receive data packaged in KISS format to access the core module. This makes the development of daughter boards fairly simple and inexpensive. For example, daughterboards are now available that can turn TNC-X into a digitpeters (see a X-Digi) or into a stand alone Tracker (see X-Track). In addition, the expansion header provides access to a second on-board serial port. The X-Track daughterboard, for example, uses this port to receive data from a GPS receiver. The data is then processed and formed into packets and an APRS beacon is sent.
TNC-X is available in two versions: with and without a USB port. Both versions contain a standard serial port, but the USB version also allows the TNC to be connected to a computer via it's USB port as well. Drivers that are shipped with the module make it appear to the host PC as a standard serial port. Thus PC software that expects to see a serial port on the computer will interpret the TNC-X as being connected to such a port, even when the PC has no serial ports, or they are all used by other applications. In addition, when the USB option is used, the TNC can be powered from the USB port of the computer; no other power supply is needed.
Even without daughter
boards (or the USB option) the device works as a fully functional stand
alone KISS mode TNC. The idea behind the expansion options was to provide
a platform that would allow additional functionality to be added to the
unit with the investment of very little design time and very few parts.
Any questions concerning TNC-X can be directed to the developer, John Hansen, W2FS.
Are you planning to use TNC-X with a Baofeng HT (UV-5R or similar)? Read this for a discussion on connecting the Baofeng to the TNC-X.
Here are some common configurations you can order with one button press:
Or customize your own TNC-X by ordering just the features you need:
Note: The radio connector on the back of TNC-X is designed to work with pre-wired MFJ and BuxComm TNC to Radio cables. Or you can build one of your own. This plug, which used to be available at every Radio Shack store, is no longer carried there. For your convenience, you can order one here if you need it.
TNC to Radio Cables
We generally do not sell TNC to Radio cables because there are so many different radios available. There are, however, other companies that sell these cables including BuxComm and MFJ. In addition , there is one packet connector that is used on a lot of radios (for example: ICOM IC-207, IC-208, IC-2720, IC-2800, IC-9100, IC-880H, Kenwood D-710, TM-255, TM-455, TM-733, TM-833, TM-G707, TM-V7A, TX-480, TM-V71, Yaesu FT-100, FT-1500, FT-300, FT-450, FT-7100, FT-7800, FT-7900, FT-8000, FT-8100, FT-817, FT-8500, FT-857, FT-8800, FT-8900, FT-897, FT-90, FT-950. The radio jack for this connection is a 6 pin mini-DIN jack (like you used to see on PS/2 keyboards and mice.). For these radios only, we do sell the following pre-wired cable: 5 Pin DIN to 6 Pin mini-DIN pre-wired cable. ($20).
NEW!! TNC-Pi9K6: Finally a Low Cost 9600 Baud TNC!
TNC-Pi9K6 is a special version of TNC-X designed to interface directly with the Raspberry Pi computer. It supports 1200 baud, 2400 baud and 9600 baud packet. In addition to standard packet, this board will also support the ARDOP protocol for HF operation.
TNC-Pi A Specialized Version of TNC-X For the Raspberry Pi
TNC-Pi is a special version of TNC-X designed to interface directly with the Raspberry Pi computer. It can connect to the Pi either via the Pi's serial port, or via the I2C protocol. In the latter case, a single Pi can support multiple TNC-Pi's at the same time, since each TNC-Pi can be given a unique I2C address.
TNC-Black A Specialized Version of TNC-X For the Beaglebone Black
Like the TNC-Pi, the TNC-Black is a specialized version of TNC-X. It is designed to stack on top of the Beaglebone Black. Like the Raspberry Pi, the Beaglebone Black is an inexpensive single board computer. But the BBB has a beefer processor with better graphics and MUCH more I/O.