Goodmans Tracker Mark 2 Review
By Jason (2G1SM)
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x 3 ½ x 1 inches (handset)
2 ½ inches (antenna)
1 x ¾ inches (display)
Monitor button (opens squelch)
Built in recharge circuitry
Battery level indicator
External Power Jack
External Mic/Speaker connections
Out of range warning
4 x AAA batteries
External 6.0 V DC
Silver / Grey / Blue
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
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.
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 .
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.
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).
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:
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,
26ww375 / Robert
Thanks Robert. I am sure the information will come in very handy !!! - DELBOY
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