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RE: TrakBox question?


Sure, ... but it all depends on someone coming forward. It would be
great to have a suite of drivers for the following units.

Kansas City Tracker
SASI Tracker

The others are OK as they are controlled via the COM port, so no problem

If anyone could come forward with an NT driver shell, and instructions
on where to mod, then I'd gladly do the rest. I just don't know where to
start. I tried reading the DDK manual, but it was over a foot high when
printed, and I ran out of time. I have all the tools and the device
driver development kit here at work, but I need to know where to start.

But if anyone comes forward then I'll let you know.

Paul, VP9MU

-----Original Message-----
From: al lawler [mailto:alawler@us.oracle.com]
Sent: Monday, April 20, 1998 2:30 PM
To: Willmott, Paul
Subject: Re: TrakBox question?


  If somebody jumps up and offers to write an NT device
driver,  I'd be interested in getting a copy of the
sources myself to make my prairie stuff work on NT.  
(I've been meaning to do it myself for years, but never
get around to it...)



Willmott, Paul wrote:
> John,
> I can't help on the radio support for TrakBox, TrakBox was designed
> digital work and hence has no support for reading from the radios. I
> therefore only use the tracking bit, and do all radio control myself
> the COM ports. So I've never researched the firmware on the box,
> As for the tracking stuff and the 32bit versions, they will be
> developed, and I've no problem giving out the interface info to
> non-commercial operations. I have an extensive list of controllers, if
> can help with any info just ask. Most of them are real simple.
> The radio control bits in Station 2 will not be in a DLL, it will be
> integrated with the main application. The only stuff that will be in
> DLLs will be support for low level hardware, i.e. anything apart from
> COM port operation. I can supply info on the radio control if you
> as you'll have to roll your own.
> On another note, we (I mean AMSAT), really need a writer of a shell
> Windows NT device driver. Joe was working on one, but I haven't seen
> anything in over a year. The rr.dll won't work on NT, and we need a
> shell driver so that we can add SASI and the like. Otherwise
> we will have to throw away the KCT boards etc.
> Cheers
> Paul, VP9MU
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Melton - Sun UK - ENS [mailto:johnmel@plage.uk.Sun.COM]
> Sent: Monday, April 20, 1998 5:15 AM
> To: vp9mu@amsat.org
> Subject: TrakBox question?
> Paul,
> I wondered if you could help me with the TrakBox.
> As you have probably seen,  I have released my Java software for the
> digital
> satellites.  The problems now begin with trying to support all the
> different
> radio/rotor interfaces!   I have support for the KCT/T under
> by
> providing a Java Native Interface to the the RR.DLL provided by Joe
> Holman.
> I have been loaned a TrakBox,  and have been trying to get it working
> with my
> Icom-821H without much success.  Are you aware of a version of the
> firmware that
> was changed to support the Icom 820/821?  When I monitor the TrakBox
> serial
> output to the Icom,  it is not putting the correct address of the
> in
> packets that it sends to the radio.  It also looks like there is no
> pacing
> between the packets.
> A second question - I beleive you are working on a 32 bit version of
> your
> windows dll that provide the interface to the different radio/rotor
> controllers.
> What is/will be the availability of that for other software to use?
> Thanks,
> -- John Melton n6lyt/g0orx