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[aprssig] New APRS Device, The YagTracker!

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Aug 17 18:12:50 UTC 2011


So the YagTracker is functionally equivalent to the Kenwood RCD-710 
(control-head of the TM-D710 sold separately)?
      I.e. all-in-one APRS modem/terminal minus the GPS that you connect to the 
TX audio/RX audio/PTT of an existing radio.  (But hopefully minus the screwball 
8 VDC power requirement of the Kenwood head!)

Will TX tone levels be high enough (i.e. capable of line level output) to drive 
a 6-pin mini-DIN data port, rather than just millivolt mic jack level?


Since the YagTracker would probably be used on top of the dash as a sort of 
"heads-up" display with a clear view of the sky (but does NOT include an 
internal GPS receiver), it would be a natural for the Green Light Labs compact 
GPS add-on for the D710 head.
      Could suitable connector position/pinout be provided to make adding the 
Green Light GPS a plug-and-play proposition; i.e. provide an RJ-45 jack with 
same pinout as Kenwood mic jack to provide power for the GPS?




You mention the following bullet-list features:

- 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


Does this mean the device has some sort of internal mapping capability, or does 
this mean when used with an external display GPS with GPWPL capability?


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