[aprssig] Is Open Tracker abandonware?
scott at opentrac.org
Mon Mar 14 18:41:04 EDT 2022
The Tracker4 was introduced a while back but we had to take it off the
market because the WiFi modules and microcontrollers are unobtanium.
We're not expecting to be able to get more of the MCUs until summer of
The SiLabs WiFi modules were also a huge pain in the butt. Hard to
inspect and prone to soldering problems, and SiLabs never got the
firmware totally stable. They got the design in the acquisition of
BlueGiga (which they wanted more for their BLE product line, I
understand) and then dropped it in favor of a product line they got
somewhere else, so it's an orphan and getting them to fix anything is
like pulling teeth. So I'm not too broken up about those going away, but
replacing all of the code that was written specifically for it is going
to take a while.
So the old stuff is still available as long as we're still able to get
parts. Some of the other items like the SSTVCAM also have supply issues,
so our radio-related offerings are slim right now. We've just about got
mass production squared away for the ADS-SR1 simplex repeater again (we
got really lucky and snagged 3,000 MCUs that unexpectedly popped up) and
we can probably get the ADS-WS1 weather station back into limited
production before long. We're also working on an air quality monitor
The new forum system was thrown up quickly when Yahoo Groups shut down
and I never found a good way to import all of the old messages, and the
new forum didn't really catch on. We're planning a total replacement of
the website in the coming months so it may get converted into something
On 3/14/2022 7:27 AM, Rich Osman wrote:
> I've been out of the loop for a while and I'm looking at building a
> few new trackers. Started looking at options and the Open tracker
> family from Argent. I noticed that all the tracker support forum
> links off the Argent Data site to to n longer existing Yahoo fora. I
> found the Argent hosted fora another way and find most of the
> discussions are over 6 months old. Most of the product dates are 10 ±
> years old.
> Am I missing something, or is this no longer really an option? What is?
> It's looking like my options are a Tinytracker or roll my own (which
> I'm loath to take the time to do.)
> Rich, N1OZ
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