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[aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

Ken Linder kc7rad at radstream.com
Wed Apr 6 06:57:58 UTC 2005

Is he 'serious'?  Heck, I would LOVE to see a decent APRS on a PDA.  No, it
isn't x-86 architecture but anymore, who cares?  If it is written in Java,
you could run it on most any architecture.  Who cares if they have no
differentiation between HD and RAM.  Storage is storage.

The Cybiko?  That brings back memories!  I had 3 at one point in time.  You
could write code in C or a form of BASIC.  They had a form of serial port
that might work well but the map porting would be a LARGE pain.  The Cybiko
had a unique form of wireless messaging. I even experimented with running a
Cybiko 'grid' where one was the internet gateway and the others operated as
nodes/digipeaters.  Problem with this was that it was slow, cumbersome and

I personally think a small hardware footprint palm-type APRS system would be

Unfortunately, I have no time to work on it, but WOW would it be great!


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <scott at opentrac.org>
To: "'TAPR APRS Mailing List'" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2005 10:47 PM
Subject: RE: [aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

> 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?
> it actually do?
> Scott
> N1VG
> -----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 ?
> >
> >UI-VIEW ?
> >
> >
> >
> 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.
> Stephen H. Smith             wa8lmf (at) aol.com
> Home Page:                   http://wa8lmf.com
> New/Updated "Rev G" APRS     http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/aprs
> Symbols Set for UI-View,
> UIpoint and APRSplus:

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