Re: [tracker2] T3-135 success!
- The pinout is backwards on the 135 because I stuck with what Alinco had
already done on their EJ-41U - which makes it the reverse of every other
tracker we sell.
On 4/4/2013 5:58 PM, w9bu_lists wrote:
> Well, it works!
> I ordered a T3-135 from Argent Data's store last Friday and it arrived
> yesterday. I installed it in an Alinco DR-135T MkIII that I had left
> over from a previous T2-135 installation. I'm not real crazy about the
> installation using the supplied mini-USB to USB cable. I don't think
> it's long enough to attach the board to the VCO can and get the USB
> cable routed out past external speaker connector as described in the
> manual. I just have the radio sitting on the bench with cover off until
> I figure this out.
> I installed the USB driver as explained in the manual on a Lenovo X230i
> computer running Win7 Pro 64-bit. It came up on COM9 (I use this
> computer with a 4-port RS-232-to-USB adapter so several COM ports are
> already spoken for). I tried connecting with a new copy of OTWINCFG that
> I downloaded from Argent's web site last night. For some reason, it
> wouldn't connect. I bailed out of that and fired up TeraTerm, told it to
> connect to COM9, and it connected. With the radio connected to a roll-up
> J-pole antenna, I was soon seeing received packets scrolling down my
> screen. I reassigned the Open Tracker USB driver to COM10 and tried
> again with OTWINCFG, but still no dice though TeraTerm would connect.
> So, I decided to reboot the computer. That did the trick as OTWINCFG
> would now connect with the T3 using COM10. At that point, I decided to
> set the project aside for the evening.
> This evening, I put the proper connectors on a Garmin FMI 15 cable that
> I purchased (sorry, Scott, I found another source that had them in
> stock, though without connectors pre-installed). One thing about this
> had me confused. The bag that the FMI cable came in says that the white
> wire is data to GPS and should be connected to pin 3 while the yellow
> wire is data from the GPS and should be connected to pin 2. I compared
> this to the pin-outs shown in the T3 manual which has these pins
> reversed, i.e. data from tracker to GPS is on pin 2 and data to tracker
> from GPS is on pin 3. I sided with Scott and wired the connector as
> shown in the T3 manual.
> I connected the FMI 15 cable to the T3, to power, and to my Garmin nuvi
> 1450LM. I launched OTWINCFG to set Port A to Garmin and set up my
> callsign and beaconing parameters. After the Garmin booted up, I started
> getting a flashing green LED on the T3 board and started sending
> beacons. Cool! I went into the message menu on the Garmin and sent
> "--version". Sure enough, I got a reply.
> After letting the T3 run for a while, I looked through the waypoints
> list and found several received APRS reports. The only thing I don't
> like about that is the lack of detail in the waypoints.
> So, I'm fairly happy with this set-up for the short time I've used it. I
> will have to play with it some more, but it looks promising.
- At 08:58 PM 4/4/2013, w9bu_lists wrote:
>I'm not real crazy about the installation using the suppliedFollow-up...I bought a cable from NewEgg that has a right angle
>mini-USB to USB cable. I don't think it's long enough to attach the
>board to the VCO can and get the USB cable routed out past external
>speaker connector as described in the manual.
mini-USB on one end and a straight USB-A connector on the other end.
The cable is 3 feet long so I'll be able to run the cable out of the
DR-135 case and plug directly into a computer or a USB extension cable.
The cable made by StarTech and the part number is USB2HABM3RA. Price was $4.99.
When I get the T3 installed with its velcro pads, I'll take a photo.