[aprssig] "Smart" vs. "dumb" trackers
root at blandranch.net
Mon Jun 23 12:39:44 EDT 2014
Use have used the Byonics MT-AIOs with great success. But we put just as
much effort into choice of frequency and the supporting ad hoc network to
make sure EVERYTHING is working like it should.
I would not EVEN want to think about sending-out higher tier portable or
mobile radios to do the job of a tracker. In the case of the MT-AIOs, we
turn them on, mag-mount them to the top of the vehicle with their antenna,
and turn them loose. They are always configured and ready, not at the whims
of how portable/mobile owners may change them over time and then forget how
to return their APRS configuration to usable settings.
On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 8:11 AM, SARTrack Admin <info at sartrack.co.nz> wrote:
> On 23/06/2014 17:03, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
>> On 6/23/2014 10:03 AM, SARTrack Admin wrote:
>>> The tinytrak-3 connected to a (cheap) handheld radio will check for an
>>> squelch (any noise) before transmitting.
>> Except that this is not a positive carrier detect; i.e COR. All it does
>> is sense audio energy coming from the radio's audio-out. It gets
>> fooled by dead carriers or under-deviated voice signals on the channel
>> into thinking the channel is clear.
> Correct, but how often do you have 'dead carriers' of voice data on the
> APRS frequency? It basically always is a APRS signal, so it works quite
>>> The TinyTrak-4 has even a full decoding capability.
>> But you still need (in addition to the handheld and TT4) :
> The original question was about Trackers. Not a full two-way messaging
> Have a look at my original design, using a VX-170 (or Type Approved radio
> in my final design), GPS chip and TinyTrak3 in a small box, and powered
> from the radio. This setup runs for 12 hours, every 30 seconds TX (used on
> a special VHF frequency). You can also use a very cheap Chinese radio on
> the HAM frequencies.
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