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[aprssig] New APRS Device, The YagTracker!

Rudy Benner rudy at ve3bdr.com
Wed Aug 17 13:37:02 UTC 2011


A call to dinner is ALWAYS a good excuse, especially when utter by SWMBO

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-----Original Message----- 
From: Jason Rausch
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 9:26 AM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List ; Allan May
Subject: Re: [aprssig] New APRS Device, The YagTracker!

All,

I'm sorry that my initial post was short and not very detailed.  I was being 
called to dinner...if that is an ok excuse!

This project is a collaboration between us (RPC Electronics, LLC) and Remi 
VE2YAG.  He is the master behind the firmware.  We re-designed the hardware 
to a mass-production form factor.  We are also doing most of the on-road 
testing and so far this device is a dream to use.  Remi is very open to 
firmware suggestions and we will eventually have a forum where users can 
make suggestions directly to him.  He asks that people do not directly email 
him with support/firmware requests.

Here are some more details and I will follow up with more, later this week:

- 128x64 Graphical LCD Display
- Built in 1200 baud modem (codec powered)
- Requires external GPS (4800 baud, serial)
- Supports $GPWPL waypoint output string (map stations on GPS)
- Holds a station list of last 50 heard stations in EEPROM
- Main screen can recall back to the last 6 heard stations
- Station list sorting by last heard or distance
- GPS Display shows which sats are heard and signal strength
- Tracking feature to track back to a station/waypoint
- Digipeat histogram shows digipeat "health" of your own station and others
- Map plot screen plots all in station list
- Map plot has "show callsign" feature to see who is who
- Map plot can be oriented "North Up" or auto-rotate in direction of travel
- Full messaging with on-board keyboard-like layout
- Messaging "chat" screen for quick replies
- Stores up to 10 canned messages (can be edited by user)
- Built-in graphical scope helps tune incoming audio for packet modem
- Firmware is not open source, but will be free for upgrading
- Firmware loads through simple terminal XMODEM protocol

Some future features:

- Garmin binary protocol
- Kenwood protocol
- More map display enhancements

More pictures and details to come!

Jason Rausch - KE4NYV
RPC Electronics, LLC
www.rpc-electronics.com


--- On Wed, 8/17/11, Allan May <rxtech_03 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Allan May <rxtech_03 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] New APRS Device, The YagTracker!
> To: jason at ke4nyv.com, "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 9:07 AM
> Good morning,
> The device looks awesome!!! I was wondering if that had an
> internal gps or do you hebe to connect one to it. Any info
> would be.great,
>
>      Allan May, WD4 ITE
>
> Sent from my Samsung Captivate(tm) on AT&T
>
> Jason Rausch <jason at ke4nyv.com>
> wrote:
>
> >Randy,
> >
> >A manual is being worked on.  Right now I only have
> pictures and a short video posted.  More details will be
> coming soon.
> >
> >Jason Rausch - KE4NYV
> >RPC Electronics, LLC
> >www.rpc-electronics.com
> >
> >--- On Wed, 8/17/11, Randy Love <rlove31 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >From: Randy Love <rlove31 at gmail.com>
> >Subject: Re: [aprssig] New APRS Device, The
> YagTracker!
> >To: jason at ke4nyv.com,
> "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> >Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 7:08 AM
> >
> >Didn't see the manual for it in the download link.
> Could you double check to make sure it's out there.
> >I'm wondering about the interface requirements.
> >
> >Randy
> >WF5X
> >
> >On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM, Jason Rausch <jason at ke4nyv.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >Introducing the YagTracker: APRS Tracker and Mobile
> Terminal!
> >
> >
> >
> >This is a brand new device that combines a tracker and
> fully functional display options. We will start taking
> pre-orders soon. We are working with a contract builder to
> produce these units quickly, so the wait should not be long!
> Here is a basic website with pictures, video and other
> details:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >http://www.rpc-electronics.com/yagtracker.php
> >
> >
> >
> >Jason Rausch - KE4NYV
> >
> >RPC Electronics, LLC
> >
> >www.rpc-electronics.com
> >
> >
> >
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