What can you do on a rainy evening when you go to your hackerspace?
Take a NoteRF V2 PCB, a GPS, a battery, and you can make a LoRaWAN GPS tracker!
Solder the PCB
Hand solder it or for lazy guys like me, order a $5 stencil from
Prepare the rig, apply solder paste, and place components.
Time to reflow in a hot plate, then visual and electrical inspection.
Solder GPS and battery
Solder the GPS, the battery, flash the code and another time: test it!
Make a nice box
We now have a battery-operated GPS tracker… what about putting everything in a box?
As I use upcycled 18650 lithium elements, the battery is by far bigger than the PCB + GPS, so I decided to design two compartments inside the box. Some lasercut after it is all working !!!
Also, it was not planned, the box sound more like a locomotive than a GPS
tracker, so back to the laser cutter to make four little circles and… finished
product with a fun design!
I even had some time left for a beer :p