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8730RE: [tracker2] LCD & cable length question

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  • Fred Hillhouse
    Oct 1, 2009
      Hi Jason,
      I have wondered myself if adding a 74LS244 (octal driver) would help get the distance. Is the RF affecting the LCD or getting back into the TNC? If it is the TNC, the buffer should work.
      Best regards,

      From: tracker2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:tracker2@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of lists@...
      Sent: Thursday, October 01, 2009 14:30
      To: tracker2@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [tracker2] LCD & cable length question



      When I was developing a similar setup for the new HamHUD, I was playing with this very thing. I was looking for a way to create a data "box" and then remote the LCD to a easy to view spot on the dash or overhead. I found that I could make it work at 3-5 feet MOST of the time. It required well shielded cable and a couple of RF chokes on each end to keep out any stray RF out. This might have also been eliminated by having the antenna spaced further from it, but this was a test bench kind of setup and I really did'nt have a good way to simulate an in-car environment.

      In the end, I decided to place the whole thing inside the box with the LCD. By going all SMT, I effectively "thinned" the whole package to where it is thin enough to mount on a dash flat or even mount overhead (my future plan).

      Jason KE4NYV
      RPC Electronics
      www.rpc-electronics .com

      --- On Thu, 10/1/09, Tanner Lovelace <kb4tye@arrl. net> wrote:

      From: Tanner Lovelace <kb4tye@arrl. net>
      Subject: Re: [tracker2] LCD & cable length question
      To: tracker2@yahoogroup s.com
      Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009, 1:51 PM


      On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 12:25 PM, Jason KG4WSV <kg4wsv@gmail. com> wrote:

      > On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 10:59 AM, Tanner Lovelace <kb4tye@arrl. net> wrote:

      >> Does anyone have an idea what kind of cable length limitations there are on

      >> connecting an LCD to the tracker2?  If I put the tracker 2 in my trunk and want

      >> to have an LCD in the front of the car will that work?


      > IIRC, the LCD interface is operating at TTL levels.  I don't know the

      > specs, but if you start measuring cables in feet instead of inches

      > you're looking for trouble.

      That's what I was afraid of. Ok, good to have confirmation of that.

      Thanks much!

      How about from the T2 to the radio? What's the best approximation

      of how long is too long for that?




      Tanner Lovelace

      http://wtl.wayfarer .org/

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