Goodmans Tracker Mark II
I've had a pair of these for about 2 years now. So far, they have performed flawlessly, although other radios I have used do outperform them in terms of range. Also, in terms of mod-ability, there's not a lot you can play with. Fitting a BNC connector is fairly easy though with some slight attention to the case.
Modulation (mic gain) is a little low. This is adjustable using the pot located at the bottom left of the PCB if you take the back off the radio and face it (diagram shortly to be posted in the mods forum).
The VOX mode is functional but works at its best if you yell into the mic at close range! This makes for quite distorted speech, so, if you need the VOX facility I'd look at other radios first. For the same reason, this radio is not the best for use as an internet link repeater using VOX. It is possible however to interface the PTT for this using the mic socket on the top of the radio (again details shortly to be posted on the mods forum).
Menu navigation is via one button - you keep pressing it until you are at the function you wish to set. This includes changing channels which is not ideal - why can't we have up/down buttons like we have on amateur radios?! The up/down buttons on the front fascia control volume.
Holding down one of the volume buttons sets the unit into scan mode and runs sequentially through each channel until it finds a signal, or you hit the PTT button to stop the scan on the current channel.
Underneath the PTT is a "monitor" button which switches off the squelch circuit (which is set in the menu to a value between 1 and 3) and is useful for picking out low level signals. The squelch is also internally adjustable (see the mods forum).
Power is supplied by 4 AAA cells which is a shame - AA would have offered longer talk times in between charges. These radios are supplied with a charger, however, this is just a charger and will not actually power the radios, supplying only 150ma.
In my view, this radio suffers from the following:-
1. The use of AAA batteries
2. Poor VOX facility
3. Channel changing is not intuitive
4. Squelch factory set too high, modulation too low
That last one is of course remediable if you don't mind taking the back off and adjusting a couple of pots. But only if you know what you're doing.
So, in summary, there's better radios around (Telcom TE150 is a good example and the same price).
But if it's all you can buy, it will do the job. I've also dropped mine a couple of times and they seem quite robust!
Added: Friday, March 14, 2003