RV-M7-VB-GX-WX
M7 GX Transponder
VHF Tracking Radio Modem
Raveon’s RV-M7-VB-GX-WX is a ½ - 5 watt VHF
wireless modem with built-in GPS and NMEA
input/output. It’s IP65-rated “weatherproof” enclosure
and rugged design makes it especially suitable for
tracking solutions in harsh environments.
P r o d u c t O ve r v i e w
This GPS Transponder lets you quickly locate: your co-workers, your trucks that break-down, your rented
watercraft, your stolen vehicle, a drowsy driver, nearest help, lost people, and slow-moving golfers.
It is the fastest real-time GPS tracking transponder available. It uses commercial UHF radio channels
without service fees or monthly charges, and it works virtually anywhere.
Public Safety:
Know where your first-responders and officers are, and who is closest to the scene. See the
tactical situation in real-time, so you can respond instead of reacting.
Vehicle Monitor:
Track vehicles in real-time, monitor speed, door sensors, voltage, and operator behavior. Use
the M7 GX for tracking, emergency location, and theft recovery.
Mining:
Watch your machinery at work, monitoring for improper speed, location, and usage.
Off-road Racing:
Quickly know where your chase truck and race-car are. Find it fast if it breaks or is stolen.
Parks and Golf:
Easily locate all other vehicles in the park or golf-course. The location display may be in any
vehicle, at the ranger-station, or even with a hand-held GPS.
Marine:
Track all the vessels in your rental fleet, and ensure they are not abused, stolen, or misplaced.
RADAR display can be used to display M7 position AND status.
Construction:
Know where all your equipment is, and how it is being used. Quickly locate anyone, as soon
as you drive onto the site.
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Technical Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Features
Long-Range Operation
Over-The-Air Diagnostics
Operating in the VHF 150-174 MHz frequency
band, the M7 GX Transponder can communicate as
far as 50 miles (depending upon terrain). All M7
GX Transponders also can store-and-forward repeat
for wide-area coverage.
The configuration and operation of a M7 GX may be
remotely tested using over-the-air commands from any
other M7 in the system.
Real-time.
Position and status updates are available as
quickly as every second. No other tracking system
has as fast an update rate as RavTrack.
Secure
All position reports are 128-bit AES encrypted for secure
communications. No other radio modem, Raveon’s or
otherwise, will be able to listen in or monitor positions
without knowing the security key.
Very Low Power Consumption
Complete.
Everything needed to track a vehicle or asset is
provided. No secondary services like Internet,
cell-service, GPRS, Edge, SMS, or satellite service
is needed. Raveon is your one-stop-shop for a
complete Tracking system.
The M7 GX Transponder has some of the lowest powerconsumption numbers in the industry.
A remotely
controlled sleep mode allows it to be active and consume
almost no power at all and an external “Ignition Sense”
input is provided to remotely turn on/off the product and
not lose GPS ephemeral data.
Flexible Reporting
Rugged and Weather Proof
The M7 GX may be configured to transmit
position and status reports at pre-set time
intervals(programmable), when it has moved a
certain distance(programmable), when an I/O
changes, or a combination of these.
The IP65-rated enclosure and
connectors protect the radio
against damage from water, dust,
over-temperature, high VSWR,
and reverse voltage.
No monthly charges.
High Speed and High
Efficiency
Because no external services are required, there
are no recurring costs for a RavTrack system.
Works Everywhere.
RavTrack does not rely upon public wireless
services, so RavTrack systems work in rural areas,
mines, mountains, deserts and foreign countries.
Simple to Interface
The M7 GX Transponder is very simple to use and
works with a multitude of other software, plotters,
and GPS displays including:
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Lowrance GPS displays and navigation
Garmin hand-held GPSs
Any GPS with an RS-232 NMEA interface
RavTrack PC software by Raveon
Marine Radar Displays
Your own custom application.
The M7 GX Transponder operates with fast over the air data
rates of 4800 to 19200bps. Its fast-switching radio enables
it to send up to 20 position-transmissions per second.
Proximity Alerts
Each M7 GX may be configured to transmit an alert, as well
as signal an output circuit whenever it is in proximity of
another M7 GX. Used for collision avoidance or theft
security.
For More Information
For more information about this or any other Raveon
product, call in the U.S.A. 1-760-444-5995 or visit us a
www.raveon.com.
For details on all of Raveon’s AVL and Tracking products,
please visit our RavTrack web site at www.ravtrack.com.
Rav eon T echno lo g ies Co rpo ra t ion
2461 Impala Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone: +1-760-444-5995
Fax: +1-760-444-5997
Copyright Raveon Technologies Corp, 2012
All rights reserved
Email: sales@raveon.com
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Technical Specifications are subject to change without notice.
How It Works
Fastest real-time location updates in the industry.
The M7 GX Transponder has many technological advantages over conventional tracking radios.
These include:
Advanced modulation:
Most tracking radios operate at 1200 or 2400 baud over the air. The M7
series operate at 4-10X that speed using CPFSK2/4 modulation for data rates
as high as 19.2K over the air.
TDMA Channel Access:
TDMA (Time-Division Multiplexing) is built in every M7 GX radio modem.
With TDMA, 100 vehicles may be tracked with 10-second updates, and no
RF interference. Even when using a repeater!
Data Compression:
All location transmissions are compressed, allowing not only location to be
sent, but also voltage, temperature, input status, speed, direction, and time
– and do this with less air-time than most radios use to simply transmit
their location.
Fast Switching:
The M7 transceiver has a fast-lock PLL with a lock-time of only 1mS, and a
T-R turn-around time of less than 3mS. This enables the radio to make realtime transmissions in TDMA or conventional modes.
Easy to use, and the M7 GX does it all.
The M7 GX Transponder may be user-configured for a variety of applications. One simple
command is used to program it to work in any of these configurations:
Transponder:
The M7 GX will periodically transmit its location, along with voltage, temperature,
input status, speed, direction, and UTC time. It powers-down the radio and GPS
when not in use, reducing its average current draw to less than 30mA.
GPS Display:
The M7 GX will periodically transmit its location, along with voltage, temperature,
input status, speed, direction, and UTC time. It will also receive the location of other
M7 GX radios in its radio range for display on a GPS plotter or hand-held GPS
connected to the M7 GX’s NMEA RS-232 interface.
RavTrack PC:
The RV-M7 will periodically transmit its location. It will also output the location of
other RV-M7 radios in its radio range for display on the RavTrack PC software
program.
Plotter Display: If you already have a gps plotter, you may connect it to the RV-M7 with the –LX
option. This gives the unit all the features of the –GX version with the GPS, but uses
your GPS NMEA data feed as the source for its GPS signal. It will output the location
of other M7 GX radios in its radio range for display on a GPS plotter or hand-held
GPS connected to the RV-M7’s NMEA RS-232 interface.
Repeater:
Any M7 GX may also be a store-and-forward repeater. With a 3mS attack time, the
repeated signal has only milliseconds of latency, and coverage can be 10s of miles.
Rav eon T echno lo g ies Co rpo ra t ion
2461 Impala Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone: +1-760-444-5995
Fax: +1-760-444-5997
Copyright Raveon Technologies Corp, 2012
All rights reserved
Email: sales@raveon.com
Version A3. Printed in the USA
Technical Specifications are subject to change without notice.
General Specifications
Transmitter Specifications
Model:
RV-M7-VB-GX-WX
Size:
4.60” X 2.60” X .956 (11.7cm X 6.6cm X 2.43cm)
Weight:
6 oz
Input Voltage:
9.5 – 16 VDC
Current draw:
GPS tracking, 2min updates: <25mA
GPS tracking, 10sec updates: <80mA
GPS and radio receiving data: <120mA
Transmitting data:
(2.7A @ 5w, 1.2A @ 2W typical)
Sleep (<25mA), Ignition off: ( <10mA)
Frequency Band:
150-174MHz (other bands available)
Serial Port Baud Rates (programmable)
1.2k, 2.4k, 4.8k, 9.6k, 19.2k, 38.4k, 57.6k, 115.2k
Over-the-air baud rates (programmable)
-N 4.8k, 5142, 8K,9.6k
-W 4.8k, 8k, 9.6k, 14.4k, 19.2k
Operating Mode
Simplex or Half-duplex
Full Spec Operating Temperature range
-30°C to +60°C
TX-RX and RX-TX turn-around time
<3mS
Wake-up time
<500mS from OFF
<5mS from Sleep
Front Panel LEDs
Power
Status (Carr Det, TX, mode…)
RF I/O Connector
BNC (Female) (TNC on –WX version)
Power Cable
Raveon P/N: 1C738-1
Addressing
Individual address:
65,536
RF Power Output .............................500mW – 5.0 W
programmable
Maximum Duty Cycle ................ 100% @ 2W to 40C, 25%
@5W
(100% w/ optional
heat sink)
RF Bandwidth .......................................20MHz no-tune
TX Spurious outputs ............................ < -70dBc
Occupied Bandwidth ........................... Per FCC
FCC Emissions Designator................. 11K0F1D (-N)
Frequency Stability .............................. Better than ±1.5ppm
Receiver Specifications
RX sensitivity (.1% BER) ..................... 9600bps < -108dBm
4800bps < -116dB
RF No-tune bandwidth ....................... 20MHz
Alternate Channel Selectivity ............ -65dB
Blocking and spurious rejection ........-75dB
Interface Specifications
S e r ia l I n te r fa ce Por t
Connector Type
IO Voltage Levels
RX and TX data
Word length
Format
Modem handshake signals
NMEA messages:
DB-9
RS-232
Transparent Async
7 or 8 bits
N, O, or E
RTS, CTS, CD
TTL, GLL, GGA, WPT
U se r Con f ig ur a b le P ar am e ter s (o ve rv ie w)
Channel Number and Operating Frequency
Unit Address:
0001 thru 9999
Baud Rate, parity, stop bits
GPS Update Rate:
1 – 9999 Seconds
GPS report on movement:
0 – 9999 Meters
GPS report on digital in
Enable/disable
Digital Inputs (Gen Purpose or alarm) 3
Digital Outputs
1
Store-and-forward Repeating configuration
Encryption:
128 bit AES
LEDs operation or disabled
Auto Status report on/off and interval.
Read DC voltage, current, forward RF power, VSWR
Remote PING
Serial Port Format: (NMEA, RavTrack PC, RADAR TLL,
or Lowrance Plotter)
Rav eon T echno lo g ies Co rpo ra t ion
2461 Impala Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone: +1-760-444-5995
Fax: +1-760-444-5997
Copyright Raveon Technologies Corp, 2012
All rights reserved
Email: sales@raveon.com
Version A3. Printed in the USA