Re: [tracker2] T2 tracker package
- Sorry for answering messages out of order, my inbox is a bit of a mess!
I got through about 150 messages on the plane, but got 400 new ones
between the time I got on the plane and when I got home.
The first 4 beta units shipped already. I've got to get some new PCBs
made before I do any more, though. Those required way too much manual
assembly. I should have some more units ready in time for Dayton,
though. I hope. (If anyone knows where I can get 1/16" black Garolite
G10 cut to size, that'd save me some time - the standard sizes are too
small to be useful, or too big to fit into my CNC milling machine and
cutting them down is a pain.)
You might have already said, but I missed it - what made the GPS mic
attempt a failure?
Kevin Ratcliff wrote:
> It's been a while since I've heard an update about your SAR tracker
> package project. My SAR team is currently looking into APRS options
> again after a failed attempt to use a commercial proprietary GPS
> speaker-mic system for tracking.
> Any additional information you can provide about estimated pricing and
> timeframe for availability would be helpful to us. If you don't have
> this info ready yet that's totally understandable, just let me know. I
> understand that you have a lot of projects going on at once!
> On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 4:07 PM, Scott Miller <scott@...
> <mailto:scott%40opentrac.org>> wrote:
> > I've been working on my Tracker2 SAR package again:
> > http://n1vg.net/images/sar_tracker.jpg
> > It includes a 5-watt transceiver with integrated Tracker2
> > (tracker/digipeater/etc), a SiRFstar III GPS receiver with patch
> > antenna, and an 8xAA battery pack. The whole thing is surrounded by
> > about 1/4" of rubber padding on the inside, and when you close the latch
> > it forms a snug fit that keeps everything in place with a good deal of
> > shock resistance. With some RTV around the base of the antenna, it
> > should be submersible.
> > The pictured unit is mostly a mock-up at the moment, though. All of
> > those pieces are there, but (aside from the T2 and radio) nothing's
> > connected. That antenna is a perfect fit, but it happens to have an SMA
> > connector and not the BNC it needs. The GPS receiver is just dropped in
> > to test the fit.
> > When I'm done, there should be a small control panel with a power LED,
> > on/off/configuration switch, and a programming/external GPS jack. I'm
> > still working on how that's going to be laid out.
> > I wish the loops were on the sides, to make it easier to strap to a pack
> > with webbing, but I'm sure I can still work out some kind of mounting
> > system.
> > Scott
> > N1VG