The first production run of Tracker2 boards arrived in late September, and they're now shipping. The preliminary user's manual is now available. The Tracker2 uses the same configuration program as the OpenTracker and OpenTracker+.
Successor to the OpenTracker, the Tracker2 bridges the gap between APRS tracker and TNC. It retains all of the APRS functions of the original OpenTracker, and adds far more:
- Plots received positions as waypoints - APRS stations, objects, and items received over the air can be passed to a GPS receiver to be plotted on its map display. When used with a supported Garmin or Magellan GPS receiver, waypoints will be created with appropriate map symbols, comment text, and elevations.
- KISS support - Use with any packet program that supports the standard KISS interface protocol.
- APRS Digipeater - Supports multiple aliases, WIDEn-n and TRACEn-n style callsign substitution with dupe checking, hop count limiting, and optional preemption. May be used simultaneously with tracking and KISS functions.
- Command console - A traditional TNC2-style serial console provides a simple, platform-independent configuration interface. Additionally, APRS station-to-station messages may be sent and received from the command line.
- Remote control via APRS - Most of the commands available at the console may also be issued through APRS station-to-station text messages. This allows the unit to be reconfigured from anywhere in the world with APRS access.
- Upgradeable - Like the OpenTracker, firmware updates are free and easy to install. Firmware images can be downloaded directly from the website with the Windows-based configuration utility, or they can be transferred to the unit from any XMODEM-capable terminal program for cross-platform compatibility.
- Flexible and Expandable - Extra analog inputs and digital I/O lines, plus a Dallas 1-wire bus, allow connection of a wide variety of devices.