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[aprssig] Help for course/speed/altitude etc HF APRS

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Mon Apr 30 15:13:06 UTC 2007


OpenTracker+, not the OpenTracker 1x.  Close!  The number at the end indicates the case style.  The original OpenTracker was the OT1, the metal case is the OT1m, and the longer, opaque plastic case is the OT1x.  The new case style is an 'r' suffix in my own drawings and documentation, but it's the only one so far so I didn't want to confuse things further.

The important thing is that all OpenTracker 1 series kits take the same processor and the same firmware.  The plus kits have a new processor and new firmware.

Scott
N1VG
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From: Curt Mills [mailto:archer at eskimo.com]
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List [mailto:aprssig at lists.tapr.org]
Sent: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 23:53:05 -0700
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Help for course/speed/altitude etc HF APRS

On Sun, 29 Apr 2007, Jack Chomley wrote:

> I should have looked in the manual further :-) Looks like I can run the TM1+
> in NMEA mode and simply select a transmit timer value, so it does not continue
> to broadcast EVERY sentence the TM1+ gets from the GPS.

Yea but:  Check out the length of a GPRMC or GPGGA sentence compared
to the length of a normal APRS sentence.  Now check any of those
against Base-91 Compressed or Mic-E Compressed sentences.

FWIW:  The success rate of your packets getting decoded by other
stations depends greatly on the length of those packets.  The
shorter your packets are, the more will be received correctly.

NMEA sentences over the air are nearly the worst packets you can
send, length-wise.  I think the only ones that are worse are nice
long weather packets, or any packet with extensive comments at the
end.

If the TM1+ can do Base-91 Compressed or Mic-E packets, select that
instead.  If they can do Standard APRS packets instead of GPGGA or
GPRMC packets, you still win.

You might investigate getting an Opentracker 0T1x or Tracker2 to do
this instead, and use it in Base-91 mode.  OT1x kits are quite
inexpensive, and the latest OT1x version added receive capability.
I hope I got that model number right!

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