[aprssig] OpenTracker USB released

Eric "Skyssx" Hansen skyssx at gmail.com
Wed Dec 15 16:25:53 CST 2010

That is most excellent!

On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM, Scott Miller <scott at opentrac.org> wrote:

> I'm pleased to announce that the new OpenTracker USB is now shipping!
> https://www.argentdata.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=148
> http://wiki.argentdata.com/index.php/OpenTracker_USB
> The new tracker is basically a Tracker2 without the digipeater and Garmin
> protocol functions, but with a full-speed USB port that can be used for
> configuration, command prompt access, and KISS mode, independent of the two
> regular serial ports.
> This means you get remote control capability, a TNC2-style command prompt,
> scripting, weather station support, KISS mode, and the ability to do all of
> this simultaneously without reloading the firmware.
> There's also space inside for a GT-525 GPS receiver module, and we'll be
> offering that with the appropriate jumper a little later as an option.
> Demodulation is software-based, and significantly improved over the
> OpenTracker+ - in our testing, it's been very close to MX614-based TNCs in
> decode performance.
> Because of the surface mount construction we won't be offering this one as
> a kit.  We'll still be offering the OpenTracker+ as a kit as long as we're
> able to get the parts, but the assembled version will be phased out in favor
> of the new design.
> USB support has been tested with Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.
> We'll be adding INF files for Vista and Windows 7 shortly, but it shows up
> as a generic USB CDC device so drivers are included with the operating
> system.
> Documentation is still sparse, but the wiki has the critical information.
>  Nearly all of the information in the Tracker2 manual applies, with the
> exception of the digipeater and Garmin sections.  The OTUSB manual should be
> published by this weekend.
> We've got units ready to ship now, and more on the way, so there's still
> time to put it on your Christmas list!
> 73,
> Scott
> N1VG
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