Thought I’d share what those PCBs we ordered turned into… Simon VK4TSC has been busy building the boards up, and last night/tonight, we (Simon, Gary VK4ZGB, David @vk4mdl and myself) tested the 5 PCBs that were ordered through this thread.
These AX.25 RFID terminals basically mount to the back of a UHF RFID reader and connect to an AX.25 terminal node controller (TNC) to report card reads over an amateur radio network back to base.
The system will be used to track horses in endurance ride events in the Imbil State Forest in the coming months. We did a trial run with a single unit in May, and that looked pretty promising.
The Tom Quilty 2019 will be our first large-scale test of the system, we’ll have 5 units with a 6th in reserve, hopefully we’ll have enough operators to man the check-points where they’ll be used. Once that event is over with, I’ll be putting a full write-up for those interested.