[aprssig] Mic encoders

Wes Johnston aprs at kd4rdb.com
Sun Oct 2 20:37:13 CDT 2005

Absolutely there are mic-e repeaters... one in my town.

scott at opentrac.org wrote:
> As those of you who hang out in the OpenTracker group know, I'm working on a
> new OpenTracker board that'll include a lot of things that have until now
> been add-ons left to the end user.  It'll be larger, and will come in an
> aluminum case.
> I still haven't decided if I want to include connectors so it can be used
> like a Mic-E.  Does anyone still want or use such a beast any more?  Are
> there many Mic-E gateways left?
> I may add it just so Search and Rescue users have a nice integrated option,
> but I'd prefer not to have to deal with lots of pinouts and mic connectors.
> I'd likely just set it up with the Kenwood RJ-45 mic pinout.
> If there's really a market for it, I'd consider adding the 8-pin circular
> connector and jumper matrix like the Mic-E had.  I just don't want to make
> it more expensive than necessary if not many people want that.
> The box WILL have radio power control built in.  Most likely it'll have a
> couple of 14 ga wire leads for power input (fused), and another pair for the
> switched load.  I'm aiming for a 30 amp switching capability.  I thought
> about giving it chassis-mount Powerpoles, but I think wire leads will be
> easier and more flexible.
> It'll also have an RJ11 jack for 1-wire bus hookup, a coaxial power jack for
> use with a wall transformer, and a regulator big enough to provide plenty of
> extra 5V power.  The enclosure will have mounting flanges on the bottom to
> make it easy to secure.  If there's anything else you'd like to see on it
> (hardware changes only, not firmware) let me know.
> Scott, N1VG
> http://n1vg.net/opentracker
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