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1802Re: [tracker2] T2-135 lessons being learned

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  • Bruce W. Martin, KQ4TV
    Jun 4, 2007
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      Well it would seem that there is something wrong with the "GPS"
      serial port that is connected to the front of the DR-135.
      I can hook up a GPS to the console (back) serial port and get the
      tracker to work.
      Any suggestions for what to check?
      Scott, can you post a schematic and/or board layouts to assist
      troubleshooting this problem?

      Bruce, KQ4TV

      On May 24, 2007, at 9:35 AM, Bruce W. Martin, KQ4TV wrote:

      > Ok I confirmed that the T2-135 will transmit if you tell it a
      > specific location and to transmit with out a good gps lock. but it
      > never seems to get a GPS lock. I have used the Deluo GPS direct to
      > the laptop using the USB adapter and it seems o get lock just fine.
      > It is acting like the T2-135 is never seeing any GPS data. Is there
      > documentation for where the test points are to test for continuity
      > from the front GPS port to the T2-135?
      > Bruce
      > On May 16, 2007, at 10:25 AM, Scott Miller wrote:
      >> The noise is apparently a design flaw in the DR-135 - it gets
      >> crosstalk from the data input to the speaker, regardless of the
      >> volume setting. You can stop it by installing a 3.5mm plug in the
      >> speaker jack to disable the internal speaker entirely.
      >> Scott
      >> From: tracker2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:tracker2@yahoogroups.com] On
      >> Behalf Of Bruce W. Martin
      >> Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:43 AM
      >> To: tracker2@yahoogroups.com
      >> Subject: Re: [tracker2] T2-135 lessons being learned
      >> Update.
      >> I finally got around and put the radio back in the truck to test it
      >> out.
      >> NoGo
      >> It powers up and I know the GPS is working and getting lock but the
      >> tracker never transmits. It seems to be receiving.
      >> Also, I notice that when the GPS is connected to the front GPS port
      >> that there is a rhythmic noise coming from the speaker. If I disable
      >> data or unplug the GPS it goes away. A different GPS plugged into the
      >> DB9 on the back does not produce the noise.
      >> I am heading for Dayton tomorrow morning and will bring it along.
      >> Bruce
      >> On May 2, 2007, at 6:04 PM, Bruce W. Martin wrote:
      >>> When I start it up I get both the red and green LEDs alternately
      >>> flashing. If I start the config program and restart the radio/T2
      >>> the Green LED is constant on and the program says:
      >>> "Unsupported firmware version. Please upgrade configuration program.
      >>> (ver 255 build 65535 target AP64-H)"
      >>> I ran the downloaded the OT2.s19 firmware and ran the config
      >>> program again replacing the firmware and it came right up.
      >>> Mostly just reporting this so others can benefit from what I
      >> learned.
      >>> thanks for your assistance.
      >>> See you in Dayton.
      >>> Bruce, KQ4TV
      >>> On May 2, 2007, at 3:11 PM, scott@... wrote:
      >>>> If you open it up, you should see the LEDs blink at power-up.
      >>>> They may be blinking constantly if the firmware is corrupted. As
      >>>> long as it's still blinking, the config program should be able to
      >>>> catch the bootloader and let you reload the firmware. You could
      >>>> probably do it without the config program, too, but you'd probably
      >>>> need to come up with a way to send the right byte sequence to
      >>>> start the XMODEM download mode.
      >>>> If it's not blinking at all, then it's possible the firmware got
      >>>> wiped out completely. As far as I can remember, I've only had
      >>>> that happen with overvoltage conditions, like 9 volts on the IRQ
      >>>> pin. If it is totally blank, then you'll need to send it back for
      >>>> reprogramming.
      >>>> I'll see if I can duplicate the problem myself. I might need to
      >>>> set up the low-voltage inhibit on the processor.
      >>>> Scott
      >>>> From: Bruce W. Martin [mailto:yahoo@...]
      >>>> To: OT2 [mailto:tracker2@yahoogroups.com]
      >>>> Sent: Wed, 02 May 2007 12:52:15 -0700
      >>>> Subject: [tracker2] T2-135 lessons being learned
      >>>> So, I got my T2-135 and installed it. Easy.
      >>>> After a few hours of trying different serial cables and different
      >>>> computers realized I needed to put the DR-135 in data mode to
      >> talk to
      >>>> the T2.
      >>>> Great! I can make changes with my Mac using Zterm or use the
      >>>> latest OT
      >>>> configuration program on Windows. I need to find something other
      >> than
      >>>> minicom for Linux.
      >>>> Hooked up the GPS and an antenna and it tracked great.
      >>>> Wanted to see how long the tracker would last on low power with a
      >>>> 3 year
      >>>> old UPS 7AH battery. Not as long as I hoped. Set it up in the
      >>>> truck as I
      >>>> went to work. Left it running with smart beaconing at about 90
      >>>> minutes
      >>>> while moving slow. After work I found the radio power cycling.
      >> While
      >>>> under load the battery would drop below some voltage threshold and
      >>>> the
      >>>> radio would turn off. Immediately the voltage would go up some now
      >>>> that
      >>>> there was no load and the radio would turn on. This cycle went
      >> on for
      >>>> who knows how long. Probably a few hours.
      >>>> Now I can't communicate with the T2-135. Have I killed it? Is
      >> there a
      >>>> way I can get it back to default condition?
      >>>> Bruce, KQ4TV

      Bruce W. Martin, KQ4TV
      8749 Lebanon Rd.
      Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
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