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[aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Wed Apr 6 05:38:27 UTC 2005


vk4tec at tech-software.net wrote:

>What are the ins and outs of running a PDA for APRS ?
>
>What can u run on them ?
>
>UI-VIEW ?
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>  
>
Are you serious????

1)    PDAs are not PC devices powered by Intel X-86 type processors.

2)   So-called "Pocket PCs" run two or three different types of non-X86 
processors.  The operating system on Pocket PCs looks vaguely like 
Windows, but is totally different. For starters, apps are stored and run 
from main memory -- there is normally no equivalent of a hard disk 
loading into RAM. 

3)   Palm devices have yet another totally different architecture and 
operating system. 

4)  There are only two APRS apps that run on PDAs:


"Pocket APRS" for Palm devices
            http://www.pocketaprs.com/      Now discontinued


"APRSce" for Pocket PC devices
            http://www.geocities.com/gw0tqm/aprs/aprsce.htm       and
            http://www.tapr.org/~aprsce/


Both can use most of the same database of rather dated maps.

Neither has seen any development for two years or so.   



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