[aprssig] OpenTracker news

Mark Earle wa2mct at mearle.com
Sat Aug 27 08:42:06 EDT 2005

 >Also, I'm working on a tracker board that'll plug in to the Alinco DR-135T
 >in place of the optional TNC.  Initially it'll at least do all the normal
 >tracking stuff, including SmartBeaconing, but it's also going to be receive
 >capable and will eventually be capable of sending station locations as
 >waypoints to an external GPS.  Alinco sells their TNC for over $100 (the

I'd be interested.. something 'all in one' but way less pricey than the 
D700. Would it be possible that your proposed board would/ could do KISS 
"right" with enough buffer to be useful?

IE "normal":
         Radio/your board/gps, feed posits as weighpoints.
PC in vehicle:
         Radio/your board/   tnc goes to laptop, gps goes to laptop, put 
tnc in KISS mode for max compatability with all the aprs apps.

3rd mode: Digi? Smart digi? Support widen-n by default, let user add others 
for special events? But if I put it in DIGI mode instant fill in digi and 
it works for all the trackers runing wide2-2 ??

 >radio itself sells for about $169), and it only functions as a dumb tracker.
 >Granted, it's also a 9600 baud TNC, but for those who don't need high speed
 >data, I think a smarter tracker for somewhere around half the price would be
 >If you're interested in such a device, please let me know off-list.  I'm
 >just trying to get a feel for how many people might be able to use it, and
 >what volume I need to produce.
 >Scott, N1VG
 >aprssig mailing list
 >aprssig at lists.tapr.org

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