Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS

Dear OMs,

First, i may introduce myself.
My name is Horst and i am quite new to HAM radio and just got my licence a 4 month ago.

For APRS i use a Yaesu VX-8GE, usually tuned to 144,800Mhz. I am a bit familiar with the Digipath settings
and use either WIDE 1-1 (as Homestation) or WIDE 1-1 and WIDE 2-1 (as portable).

On 145,825MHz i am not sure about the Digipath i have to use, as there are plenty of options mentioned on the internet.

I have also read the thread about settings on FT1DX (which seems similar to VX-8, except of the C4FM option), but again not sure which path is correct and will work.

I have tried following path w/o success

a.) 1.) RS0ISS

b.) 1.) ARISS

c.) 1.) ARISS
2.) WIDE 1-1

Means, i can hear other stations digipeated by the ISS and also received APRS Messages - But my callsign is not displayed on ariss.net

Any suggestions for digipath settings ?
Anyone already experience with VX-8GE and APRS via ISS ?

Many thanks for your efforts !


oe8hxk – Tue, 2016 – 07 – 05 07:45

Re: Yaesu VX-8GE / Digipath / APRS via ISS


I use the path for both ISS and PSAT as follows. ARISS,WIDE1-1

I can easily work ISS/PSAT with Kenwood TH-D72E HT handi with 1/2 wave telescopic antenna walking mobile.

See here worked PSAT digipeater on 145.825 today as ISS is currently switched off. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/4b80iiskojpksla/PSAT.png?dl=0

Submitted by G7HCE on Tue, 2016-07-05 08:22.

Hi, many thx for confirming


many thx for confirming path and info, that iss digipeater is currently down !


Submitted by oe8hxk on Tue, 2016-07-05 09:35.


Your welcome. Make sure you have GPS switched on for position report.
Don't forget the comma to separate in the full path as shown below.


Here is the correct link when PSAT was on a 40 deg pass over Exeter/UK IO80GR with the handie today. https://dl.dropbox.com/s/had9g321kkymj5z/PSAT.png?dl=0

Submitted by G7HCE on Tue, 2016-07-05 10:03.

Dear OM G7HCE,I have checked

Dear OM G7HCE,

I have checked now the synatx required by the VX-8 Digipath

The paths which i can configure, have following opportunities

1st part of path : XXXXXX -Y
2nd part of path : XXXXXX -Y (optional)

XXXXXX = Here i have 6 digits, possible is A-Z and 0-9
-Y = only selection between -1 to -15

Definition (pregiven)
Non = Home Station
-1 to -3 = "Digipeater"
-4 = "HF to VHF Gateway"
-5 = "IGate"
-6 = Operation via Satellite
-7 = Handheld
-8 = Maritime Mobile
-9 = Mobile
-10 = Operation via Internet
-11 = APRS Touch Tone Use
-12 = Portable Units
-13 = Not used
-14 = Trackers
-15 = HF Operation

So, i think i shall try "ARISS-6" or "ARISS-1" and in 2nd part "WIDE1-1".

Other suggestions ? Ideas ?

THX & 73

With the programmer i saw that there is also another (last) option in the menu, where no "syntax" seems to be needed.

I tried now to enter "ARISS, WIDE1-1" ... Radio was takeing config. I will try now several options and report what works - nevertheless, suggestions welcome.

Submitted by oe8hxk on Tue, 2016-07-05 13:33.



I only use the Kenwood THD72 and not familiar with Yaesu VX-8 settings. Use the -7 for SSID and manual beacon for position report only don't use automatic beaconing when working satellites.

I use MFJ-1714 Long Ranger Telescopic End fed Halfwave 2 Meter HT Antenna for mobile use and can digipeat both the PSAT (U0-84) and ISS out walking when the pass is above 28 deg.

So you should get much better results if you are going to use a yagi antenna but directional antennas is not really needed if you just want to send report position beacon or short messages as seen the 2Mtr telescopic works well for handhelds.

Submitted by G7HCE on Wed, 2016-09-28 04:49.

ARISS in path for ISS and NO-84


You do not need the "WIDE1-1" in the path when working the ISS or the NO-84 satellite. Only "ARISS" is needed, as both will respond to that. As was mentioned previously, the ISS digipeater has been off for 3 days, and will most likely remain off until after the new ISS crew - scheduled to be launched early tomorrow - arrives at the ISS. The ISS digipeater may not be activatied immediately after their arrival, but keep an eye on this site and http://ariss.net to see if anything has been heard from the ISS digipeater.

You can use NO-84 to test your configuration. Make sure the GPS is on, so that your radio knows your location when transmitting packets. NO-84's downlink is much weaker than the ISS (300mW vs. 5-10 watts), so you will probably need to use a directional antenna like a Yagi or LPDA to help with that. If you work NO-84, you can use the http://pcsat.aprs.org web site to see packets that were retransmitted by NO-84 and picked up by an Internet gateway station.

Good luck, and 73!

Twitter: @WD9EWK

Submitted by WD9EWK on Tue, 2016-07-05 13:45.

Hi, O.k. - THX for


O.k. - THX for recommendation !

Think i have now some settings for testing.
Thank you also for your hint on PSAT (NO-84) - Had been able to receive signals from that bird earlier today.

Thank you & 73

Submitted by oe8hxk on Tue, 2016-07-05 14:44.

Any success


Did you have any success? I am trying to get my VX 8R to work but just not working.

The path settings are for the first two places set to WIDEx-x and so for the 3rd I have ARISS. when trying to work PSAT or ISS I select the ARISS path but no joy.

Think you have the newer version but they should work the same way.


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