[aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS

Geoffrey Dick wa4ikq at nevets.oau.org
Wed Apr 6 22:22:25 CDT 2005


You just gave me a hint for another PSR Article.
I actually ran a PalmIIIXE on long trips powered 
by a pair of D-Cells, wired in parallel to a set of 
AAA batteries inside.  Later I wired to the PDA
direct and installed side connectors for reliability.
It could then withstand vibration on a bicycle.

With the D-cells, I never worried about using the
backlight feature.  It ran continuous for several days.  

I learned the hard way about using internal AAA's.  
When the 3 vdc fell below a certain level, the PDA 
would lose the program, maps, and applications.

At DCC 2000, Mike Musick sold me a pair of interface
connectors that I used successfully for a year, but
they did not do well on a bicycle, so I installed
a side serial connector.

Geoffrey Dick, wa4ikq
Winter Park, FL

> Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2005 08:13:23 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
> From: stanzepa at earthlink.net
> To: vk4tec at tech-software.net, TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS
> For long road trips, I use pocketAPRS on an old Palm PDA. 
> The only gotcha is that on real long trips, I have to 
> replace the batteries in the PDA every 8 hours/600 miles (your mileage may vary).
> Stan, WA1LOU 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Rich <vk4tec at tech-software.net>
> Sent: Apr 6, 2005 12:57 AM
> To: TAPR APRS Special Interest Group <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
> Subject: [aprssig] Anyone using PDA's for APRS
> What are the ins and outs of running a PDA for APRS ?
> What can u run on them ?
> Cheers Andy VK4TEC

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