36Re: RTrak Update
- Nov 17, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jason" <lists@...> wrote:
> Please check the "Photos" section of the group. There is a new
> folder called "RTrak V 1.6" and it contains pictures of the latest
> RTrak board, including the first case that I hand milled for
> testing. Be gentle, that milling was done with a hand drill and it
> was a bit off. The milled end plates will be done by a professional
> shop and will fit just right.
>good idea, price?
> This version contains a not-yet available, enhanced version of the
> SMT OpenTracker 1+. This version is 28 pins and contains SPI lines
> to control the MX-146 transmitter. Scott had the foresight to "add"
> the additonal pins to the bottom of the pin rows, on the module,
> allowing for the original 24 pin module to still be used. All RTraks
> will ship with this new 28 pin version.
> You will also see a 16 position HEX rotary switch in the top right
> corner of the board. This will be used for frequency selection. The
> proposed method is to have a frequency table in the OpenTracker
> config software that can hold up to eight frequencies. Any of these
> eight will be selectable by choosing between positions 0 and 8. This
> will be used for single frequency beaconing. When selecting
> positions 9 through F, you can select one of the first eight, as well
> as a pre-determined secondary frequency for dual frequency
> beaconing. Using this method will allow you to switch between these
> two modes easily, without the need of a computer to change. Please,
> share your comments on this.
> Last, there is a 5th picture in the folder that shows a Pelican case
> that has been "plucked" to hold a RTrak, GPS antenna, power cable and
> programming cable. I would like to hear if there is any interest in
> these cases. If there is enough demand, I will offer these as an
> extra accessory to the RTrak package, pre "plucked" of course!
> Now, to answer the main question! "How much is it?" We have settledPrice sounds good to me, when will it be available?
> on a price of $250 per unit. This will include, the RTrak (with
> case), GPS patch antenna, lighter power cable, programming cable and
> manual. After much comparison with other similar devices and number
> crunching, this is the price that we have decided on. We compared
> mostly with the frequency agile MicroTrak, which is $220. The
> MicroTrak is nice, but it does not include a built-in GPS, case,
> cables or even the DB9 to connect a GPS. We feel that with our
> price, you are getting much more for the dollar.
> Comments? Suggestions? Complaints?
> Thank you very much for all of the input on and off of this SIG!Trevor
> Jason KE4NYV
> RPC Electronics
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