[aprssig] New OpenTracker+ features

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Wed Jul 25 13:23:07 EDT 2007

I think the software/support bundle starts at about $2400.  Could be 
worse, but it's enough to scare off a lot of hobbyists.  Wish there was 
a way to get it without the support (never used it), and without the 
stupid 'beans' and processor initialization/code generation garbage, 
which I also don't use.

What exactly is it you want to do?

I try to keep my code as clear and easy to work with as possible, but 
with embedded systems there's always a limit to how nice you can make 
the code without sacrificing efficiency.  Still, it beats working in 


Bill Vodall WA7NWP wrote:
>> > anyway...   I've been looking for a basic embedded processor with two
>> > serial ports.  Given the core APRS (and KISS I hope) to start with
>> > that could be just what I need.
>> Also take a look at the TinyTrak4 project.  They might have two
>> RS-232 ports as well, and there are open-source development tools
>> for the Atmel processors.  I've been using those tools on Linux for
>> a while.
> I can afford to pay for good development tools.  I can't afford the
> endless hours of development to recreate existing but closed routines.
>  There's nothing wrong with a canned and closed application appliance
> but for anything were we're working to do good new magic then we need
> to build on existing blocks and not waste our Amateur Time Units.
> Look at how much time and potential progress we've lost because
> Kantronics and Kenwood are closed to amateur development.
> Bill - WA7NWP
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