[amsat-bb] Re: LVB Tracker Questions

Gould Smith gouldsmi at bellsouth.net
Mon Feb 25 12:33:03 PST 2008

Hello Sion Chow,

I have placed information on LCD selection for the LVB Tracker on  the 
LVBTracker.com .  These were generated from problems we experienced in 
selecting LCDs for the complete tracker box.

The ethernet interface has only been tested by building a handmade interface 
board between the Lantronix part and the 28 pin Tracker box socket.  The 
Lantronix software driver does essentially what the FTDI software does for 
the USB module - it converts the serial data between the LVB processor and 
computer serial port (real or redirected) to either USB or ethernet 
communication.  The computer tracking software thinks it is taking out a 
standard serial port and the LVB Tracker processor thinks it is taking 
through a RS232 serial port.

If you have a special program on the computer to generate rotor data into a 
USB port or Ethernet port you can use the modules.  Essentialy you are just 
faking the computer tracking software into thinking it is still talking 
through a serial port and using a USB or Ethernet connection between the 

Gould, WA4SXM

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <9w2qc at 9w2qc.net>
To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 2:53 PM
Subject: [amsat-bb] LVB Tracker Questions

> Dear All,
> Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
> I have built one LVB Tracker complete kit from AMSAT-UK, and am
> extremely pleased with it. Now I would like to build another unit, but
> this time from scratch.  I have two questions about this tracker,
> which I hope someone can help me clarify.
> 1. Can someone kindly advice a suitable LCD panel for this tracker?
> Would the Powertip PC1602ARU-HWB-G be compatible with this tracker?
> (RS Part Number 466-6452)
> 2. I am also very interested into the Ethernet interface, but have no
> clue on how this works.  I know a suitable unit is produced by
> Lantronix but that is about it.  Could someone kindly advice what do I
> need to get the Ethernet interface going?  Is there an evaluation kit
> readily available like the one from FTDI for the USB interface?
> Any help and advice is really appreciated.  Thank you very much in 
> advance.
> 73,
> Sion Chow Q. C.,
> 9W2QC.
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