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Re: [tracker2] Re: how to beacon one last time.

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  • VE3ID
    Occam s razor applies. Use the simplest solution. As a young engineer, my chief engineer asked me to design a system to give a secondary request-to-send pulse
    Message 1 of 9 , Jun 15, 2011
      Occam's razor applies.  Use the simplest solution.

      As a young engineer, my chief engineer asked me to design a system to give a secondary request-to-send pulse for 300 mS over a com line to trigger a cash register tape to rewind and send its data.

      I used a crystal oscillator, and a count-down set of flip-flops, to arrive at the 300 mS, Heath Robinson (Rube Goldberg for you Americans) would have been proud of my effort.  I proudly showed it to the chief engineer and he laughed, replacing it with a simple RC network.

      Nowadays we have supercaps, I would go with the idea of using one to keep the radio and tracker up for one last beacon.


      On 15/06/11 19:08, Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:  

      I had drawn up a circuit that used two 555 timers, 1 fires 5 minutes after shutdown, the other fires one second after that to break a latched relay.  It just got to a point where the parts count and complexity was/is just too high.  It could easily be done with a small pic processor clocked at 32khz or so....  I do like the idea of a relay staying on until PTT gets asserted one last time.

      but, since the ATV is confined to the area right around my house, I decided it would just be easier to set it at a fixed beacon rate of once a minute and a minimal path and the timer can then be a RC network on the base of a darlington pair that drives the relay.  Moderately sized eletrolytics can hold that up for 3 or 4 minutes before releasing the relay. 

      The world needs more geniuses with humility because there are so few of us left.

      On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 18:16, ac2ev <ac2ev@...> wrote:
      What about a "Super capacitor" or small secondary power source that can survive a full discharge? You would want to size it so that it could power the radio for a short time before it is discharged. Then when the ATV is started back up it would charge again.

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      --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com, "Wes Johnston, AI4PX" <johnstonwes@...> wrote:
      > I have an ATV that I only use on the weekends sometimes not for 2 or 3 weeks
      > at a time.  I'd like to put a tracker on it that has absolutely 0 current
      > draw when off.  Yes, I know I could program the T2 to not transmit if the
      > voltage is below 13.0, but it still has to draw power to check the battery.
      > What I'd like to do is have it automatically come on and after the ATV is
      > parked tx one last time and go to a zero power state.
      > To this end, I've thought about a latched relay that gets interupted by the
      > PTT, but it would just stay on until the moment PTT was asserted and turn
      > off just as the packet started to tx.  Probably the best solution is to have
      > a relay unlatch on the rising edge of PTT.
      > I've also thought about putting the GPS on switched power (ignition switch)
      > and the T2 tied to the battery and just telling it to not tx on no fix....


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