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Reviews Summary for FoxTrak: APRS Tracker Kit
FoxTrak: APRS Tracker Kit Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $22.00
Description: FoxTrak is a PIC16F84A APRS tracker. Uses R/A D9M/F Connectors and 1Amp regulator to power your GPS. Now available in kits with metal case.
Product is in production.
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VE7JWS Rating: 2/5 Mar 6, 2011 13:17 Send this review to a friend
Frustrating  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Easy to build, frustrating to get working. Documentation for adjustment and interface cabling lacking, I had to go to the Byonics website to get any useful information, as this is merely a clone of that unit. Have only gotten a few useful location packets while on the bench, none while moving.
G4ILO has a blog entry documenting his frustration with his unit, and the difficulties in getting a FoxTrac working.
So far; thumbs down.
KC0WIF Rating: 4/5 Jun 21, 2009 22:01 Send this review to a friend
Good basic circuit board  Time owned: more than 12 months
I constructed two of these boards for APRS tracking. It is essentially similar circuit as TinyTrak3. I had problems with RF feedback with TinyTrak3 (with Icom IC-V8) and found the problem cleared with FoxTrak. Foxtrak has a larger ground foil area, the circuit elements are flat to the foil giving it a smaller chance of RF feedback (compared to TinyTrak perpendicular elements) and several extra capacitors across the power supply and ground to minimize noise. I also tried the Foxtrak-m which gave me RF problems.

Where Foxtrak lacks is the supplied main chip programmed with less features. I simply substituted a TinyTrak chip. If you set the jumpers right you can run it as a TinyTrak3.

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