Goodmans Tracker Mark 2 Review

By Jason (2G1SM)

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Dimensions:          

2 x 3 ½ x 1 inches (handset)

                        2 ½ inches (antenna)

                        1 x ¾ inches (display)

Other features:

                        Monitor button (opens squelch)

                        Built in recharge circuitry

                        Recharge adaptor

                        Key lock

                        Roger bleep

                        Battery level indicator

                        VOX

                        Channel Scan

                        External Power Jack

                        External Mic/Speaker connections

                        Belt Clip

                        Out of range warning

                        Memory channels

Power Source:

                        4 x AAA batteries

                        External 6.0 V DC

Colour:

                        Silver / Grey / Blue

Impressions of unit:

The GPMR 116 is a compact unit, much smaller the original Tracker model.  This is probably due to the use of AAA batteries instead of AA as the power source.

As the unit is so compact, it doesn’t feel quite as “solid” as the older tracker model, but it does fit very easily into the palm of your hand, making single-handed operation very easy.

The Mic seams to be a little quiet compared to the original Tracker, and other PMR 446 models available, but on opening the unit up, there are 3 pots , and it is probable that one of these will increase the modulation of the unit.

Most function are accessed via the menu button, using the volume up / down buttons and the enter key to confirm the settings.   The front of the unit also has the call button and if the user holds down either the volume up, or volume down button for about 3 seconds, the unit will scan all channels and the memory channels programmed into the unit, pressing the PTT, or enter will stop the unit scanning.  If any channels are active, scanning will be paused for 5 seconds, allowing you to monitor the frequency.

The Monitor button is very useful when speaking to someone at a distance, especially if the auto squelch keeps kicking in, it’s just a shame that the user cannot turn off the squelch altogether (there are 3 squelch settings high, medium & low).

One omission from the unit is a signal strength meter, this would be very useful, and as it is included on the original, so it is a bit of a mystery why Goodmans haven’t included it in the new model.

Many thanks to Jason for that review. I would be most interested to find out what the 3 pots do !!!

I'm sure that one will be for the modulation, one for the squelch and the other . . . Well if anyone cares to find out please let me know !!!!

It should also be noted that the antenna on this unit is held in place with a screw and could easily be removed if, for example, it was damaged and had to be replaced !!!!!

***  UPDATE  ***

E-Mail received on 14/12/00:

Hi there,
I got curious about the pots in the gpmr117 set !!!
Here is what they are for ....

Locations are as seen on the picture on the site:

First one, nearest the bottom left, is for the Mic Gain
Next one up towards the right is for the Squelch sensitivity, turned anti clockwise (about 45 decreases) the squelch is more sensitive so that number 1 on the sensitivity is open squelch :)))
The one above that is the VOX sensitivity, it was hard to tell but there was a small improvement in the sensitivity on this one.

Hope it comes in handy,

73
26ww375 / Robert

Thanks Robert. I am sure the information will come in very handy !!! - DELBOY

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