Inspired by the “Micro-Trak AIO” from Byonics I wanted to build my own ruggedized version.
This is the whole thing:
Battery, APRS-Tracker, Receiver and GPS: It's all included within the casing.
- The enclosure is from Peli.
- The tracker itself is a OpenTracker+ from Argent Data Systems.
- The Transceiver is a Yaesu VX-3.
- The GPS Module is taken out of a Sirf-III GPS Dongle by Navilock.
To save battery power, the transceiver is only powered if a position has to be transmitted.
The configuration can be done through a custom made cable. The cable makes the connection between the tracker and a serial interface from a PC.