FOXVIEW was the first amateur radio project ever
built for radio amateurs to view APRS packets without a PC or
expensive APRS Enabled Radio Equipment.
FoxView2 is called an APRS Terminal. Intended for
Base Station use, FoxView2 will do following for you:
1. Its an LCD APRS Viewer with
2. A Tracker with GPS#
3. A GPS-less APRS Position
4. A stand-alone (No PC)
5. An advanced tracker with
FD-OT+ tracker module*
6. A Kiss TNC and 1 Wire APRS WX
Designed with a large 4x20 Characters Back-lite
LCD Display, FoxView2 includes a Modem/TNC, an analog switch and a
plug-in tracker module.
FoxView2 requires an
audio input from your receiver or transceiver and a DC 12V supply.
FoxView2 is basically designed as an APRS Terminal for your ham shack.
In addition to monitor APRS activities, it may be
used as a kiss TNC or a home 1Wire APRS Weather Station. In either case, you
can view data coming from your radio as well as coming from installed tracker, on
large 4x20 LCD.
FoxView2 includes an effective active
audio filter, an MX614 Modem Chip, an analog switch 74HC4053 and a PIC16F628A micro-controller.
All chips are in DIP packages.
After all these goodies, it should not cost a
fortune. In fact, with few components from here & there, you will
be able to build this APRS Terminal yourself & enjoy APRS activities.
FoxView2 will be available in kits with a choice
of a FoxTrak or VixenTrak module.
Additional option of FD-OT+ type of module may
be available to those looking for better tracker functionality and
1Wire WX support.
However, it should be kept in mind that FoxView2
is designed for home use and not for moving/portable use. Basic concept
of providing a GPS-Less module which also works as a Digipeater, is to
use this unit in an Amateur Base Station to monitor APRS activities
all the day without a PC.