I tried to turn down the power output on the ground side radio but it never made a difference. I dont think it was a power issue as I have been using this setup for a year now with now issues and have always had the ground radio power on the high side... 28 on the RFD modem tools applications. The issue also does not happen with qgroundcontrol. I noticed last night that an update was available (1.3.42 i think?) so I gave it a shot. This seems to have fixed the connection issue as well as the small text/scaling issues I was having on my surface pro 3. I used mission planner for a few hours today with no problems so what ever changed it, if anything, it is working now! @Michael_Oborne , thanks for all your work in mission planner. It has been a great tool and also you support on these forums.
Thanks for all the input everyone!