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[aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Wed Apr 6 05:47:08 UTC 2005

Well, you could always buy a small tablet PC and call it a PDA!  =]

What about the one that runs on the Cybiko?  What happened to that?  What's
it actually do?


-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Stephen H. Smith
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 10:38 PM
To: vk4tec at tech-software.net; TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

vk4tec at tech-software.net wrote:

>What are the ins and outs of running a PDA for APRS ?
>What can u run on them ?
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

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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