[aprssig] Re: WinAPRS mobile

Curt, WE7U archer at eskimo.com
Thu Jun 2 16:06:05 CDT 2005

On Thu, 2 Jun 2005, Chris Kantarjiev wrote:

> I don't have an answer for the original poster, but will take the
> opportunity to pile on: for some time now I've been wanting a
> PDA-sized APRS client to use in my various vehicles. I'd be more
> than happy for it to be receive only - I have a tracker that
> I move around already - but I'd really like to be able to see
> a map with APRS activity around me. I don't think that the D7/D700/HamHUD
> are really sufficient for my interest.

It's the reason I (can) run a truck-mount touch-screen PC running
Linux/Xastir in my Jeep...  Laptops or PDA's are too fragile, take
special mounting and several cables.  Wasn't what I was looking for.
A D700A or a HamHud don't give me mapping.

> The Compaq/HP units are pretty cheap, pretty powerful, and have
> a decent display. Does WinAPRS or Xastir run on them? Do they
> have enough audio capability to run a "audio card TNC"?  I don't
> have religious issues about if the unit is running PocketPC or Linux.

APRSce.  Go to the APRS Client Comparisons link listed below (it's
on the left of the page).  At the bottom of the comparisons page are
links to each of the major APRS software homepages.

Xastir doesn't run on this class of machine (PDA) to date.  You
_can_ replace the WinCE OS with Linux, but I don't know if you can
install full X-windows and a window manager and all too.  If so,
there's certainly a chance that Xastir could run on that machine.

Curt, WE7U.   APRS Client Comparisons: http://www.eskimo.com/~archer
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