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RE: [tracker2] OT2m not functioning as digi

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  • Greg Becker
    I understand, Scott - and I m sure that all your potential buyers at Dayton would like to know that the units actually work as advertised, not that there is an
    Message 1 of 40 , May 1, 2008
      I understand, Scott - and I'm sure that all your potential buyers at Dayton
      would like to know that the units actually work as advertised, not that
      there is an unsolved digipeating problem among a large number of users with
      disparate setups...

      Elmer has posted all the audio samples, etc. to the FTP site. There is
      nothing in common on our end among the units or the sites that fail to
      decode, fixed or mobile. Conventional, switcher and battery power have all
      been tried. The different sites don't have any spurious signals on .39 .
      There has really been an EXTENSIVE troubleshooting effort on our part here,
      and absolutely zero success aside from the belief that we have eliminated
      every other variable but the OT2m itself.

      We will all be interested to see the results of your look at the audio


      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: tracker2@yahoogroups.com [mailto:tracker2@yahoogroups.com] On
      > Behalf Of Scott Miller
      > Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 3:04 PM
      > To: tracker2@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [tracker2] OT2m not functioning as digi
      > Hi Greg,
      > I'm sorry I haven't got a definitive answer for you yet. Dayton
      > preparations are consuming a lot of time, and I'm afraid I haven't been
      > able to devote as much time to analysis as I'd like.
      > Please post any audio samples you get to the FTP site - I can give you
      > the login details if you didn't get that before. Also, can you capture
      > the configuration from both the working unit and at least one other? I
      > want to make sure there's not some software glitch that's causing a
      > problem with some unforeseen combination of options enabled.
      > Have you confirmed that the units that aren't working right aren't
      > decoding the packets at all? I want to confirm that it's a reception
      > problem and not a problem with the digipeater code.
      > About the one unit that seems to be working - is it working fully, or
      > is
      > it just marginally better than the others?
      > If you've got a good audio recording of some local traffic, I'd be very
      > interested in seeing how many packets the working unit decodes vs. the
      > non-working units, and I can try the same sample here in see how the
      > returned unit compares and try to isolate the problem.
      > I hate to take such a shotgun approach, but for at least one unit what
      > I
      > may do is replace all of the critical passive components by hand and
      > send it back to you for testing. I'm worried that the contract
      > manufacturer might have made a mistake with capacitor values, possibly
      > in the input filter, such that it works OK on my bench but not with
      > your
      > radios. I'd really like to be able to duplicate the problem first,
      > though.
      > Thanks,
      > Scott
      > Greg Becker wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Good afternoon, Scott -
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Since we've not heard from you in a while, I want to update on where
      > the
      > > Dutchess Red Cross tech crew is with our efforts to make the OT2s
      > > function as digipeaters.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Basically, we only have one OT2m out of 8 that will reliably function
      > as
      > > a digipeater. Other TNCs work flawlessly in the same locations, with
      > the
      > > same radios. It does not matter if we're coming from a discriminator
      > > pick-off or speaker audio. We have eliminated radios, antennas, etc.
      > as
      > > issues. Now we're down to recording audio segments from different
      > sites
      > > and radios and looking at signals in order to try to figure this out.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > You say that the one OT2m we sent back to you as almost totally deaf
      > > works fine with your recorded signals in a controlled environment.
      > That
      > > is great, but the fact really is that this TNC was tried on four
      > > different radios, in different locations, before being returned to
      > you.
      > > If the units don't work in the real-world application, then it's a
      > > problem. My guys have well over 100 man-hours so far into trying to
      > > figure out what really is a manufacturer's issue.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Have you made any progress on your end? I know that with Dayton
      > coming
      > > up this is something you don't want either hanging over your head OR
      > > sitting on your plate.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Thanks!
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Greg Becker NA2N
      > >
      > >
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    • Keith VE7GDH
      Greg NA2N wrote... ... We wouldn t want to accuse you or Elmer of being jerks. Your collective postings speak for you. ... If you are confident that you have
      Message 40 of 40 , May 6, 2008
        Greg NA2N wrote...

        > OK - NOT trying to be a jerk here.

        We wouldn't want to accuse you or Elmer of being jerks. Your collective
        postings speak for you.

        > We are all VERY grateful for the input and attempts to be of
        > assistance, but please trust me on this - we are HIGHLY confident that
        > we've looked at the easy stuff.

        If you are confident that you have looked at the easy stuff, perhaps
        it's time to look at the more difficult stuff. You could breadboard the
        2211 circuit and see if you can duplicate the OT2M performance you are
        seeing or improve upon it. The subject is "not functioning as a digi"
        but I take it you have a problem with decoding signals rather than a
        problem with the digi settings. However, at risk of being told that it's
        "easy stuff" what settings do you have in...

        SMARTBCON (I know... it's supposed to be a digi)
        WAYPOINTS (I know... you probably don't have a GPS connected)

        What do these have to do with decoding? Probably nothing. Heck... you
        could do a DISPlay and post all of your settings.

        > PLEASE - no more well-meaning but un-informed comments from the peanut

        Perhaps I should have just deleted this instead of clicking on send...
        sigh. What an attitude! It's insulting to the other people on this list.

        73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
        "I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"
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