[sarex] Updated AMSAT LVB Tracker to be Shown at Dayton (Revised)
wa4sca at gmail.com
Fri May 10 11:24:39 PDT 2013
Due to a hurried edit, an important contributor was inadvertently left off the credits list. My
apologies to Mike, WD8CXO!
Updated AMSAT LVB Tracker to be Shown at Dayton
AMSAT has sold the popular G6LVB Tracker for several years. This year we will have a new version
which replaces the amber LCD display with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. The new
display offers a high visibility contrast with a wide angle of view. It will be available in blue,
green and amber. LVB Trackers will be available with the recommended serial (RS-232) I/O. The
recommended minimum donation will remain $200. An FTDI USB/Serial module is available as an option
for an additional $25. A picture showing the old and new displays may be found on amsat.org.
Current LVB Tracker owners may update their own units. The OLED displays used are manufactured by
Newhaven, NHD-0216KZW series, and are available from Mouser and other online parts suppliers. The
OLED displays have less depth so the PEM fasteners need to be shortened for correct fit and viewing
thru the front of the case. The LVB Tracker firmware will also require updating. Current owners may
send their LVB Tracker to WB8CXO for retrofit if they don't wish to do the modifications themselves.
Upgrading existing trackers will be $50 + shipping. Contact WB8CXO at AMSAT.ORG for details.
AMSAT would like to acknowledge the many contributors to this effort. Mike Young, WB8CXO who has
supported the Tracker and whose initiative was essential to this development. John Drago, W8FAA
modified the LVB Tracker firmware to support the OLED display. Ken Baker from Ridge Machine
manufactured the PEM fastener cutting jig. Steve Belter, N9IP, Mark Hammond, N8MH and John Papay,
K8YSE did beta testing. And finally Gould Smith, WA4SXM, LVB Tracker project manager for his
continuous guidance and support.
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