[aprssig] barcodes, etc.
kc9umr at freqradio.com
Tue Feb 27 19:21:22 CST 2007
ok, heres a response to what ive gotten so far...
"I hesitate to enter a shameless plug for my eBay item, but..."
Don't hesitate too much, but i'm not smart enough to make it work (well,
maybe i am, but i'm a little too busy right now)... I'm looking for
something fairly simple that will work immediately with a TNC and radio or
D700. I'm not overly concerned with a "you need a TNC2 or better" type
caveat, so long as it's not "you need a D700, period" - now i will say,
having a bunch of tracker type devices might not be a bad thing, the problem
is getting enough of them on a budget...
I AM looking for something that can show the data at a glance... so i will
most likely need a custom GUI...
AT A GLANCE, I want to be able to tell:
"I have 4 competitors on stage 1 (checked in, not checked out)"
"I have 12 competitors in transit between stage 1 and stage 2"
"I have 7 competitors on stage 2"
"I have 20 competitors in transit to service from stage 2"
"I lost 2 competitors in service (they're still there after a long time)"
I really don't need it to be REAL TIME, and the clocks that we use don't put
out data (that i know), so it's more of a crude tracking system.
the problem with "retries" might be an issue. As far as "connected" mode,
we would need to be able to connect 6 - 8 stations to net control.... though
this might allow stations to connect through other stations within range,
and might eliminate the need for digipeaters, so long as we had 50W
I was considering using a PIC or similar microcontroller to conver the
barcode scanner data (usually PS/2 type data) to a packet, adding stuff
(callsign, tactical call, etc.) and sending it.... the nice thing about
this would be that i could have a set of interfaces or trackers for the
entire event, give a crew (we worked stage 9 and 14, so i would have start 9
and finish 14 in my kit) both units, and swap them out per the stage i'm
so many ideas... so little expertise in my head....
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