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[aprssig] Commercial integrated APRS/GPS handhelds?

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Sun Dec 31 17:36:49 UTC 2006


All of the commercial offerings I've seen have been very pricey, and they're
all proprietary.  A GPS speaker mic I found was about $550/unit (not
counting the radio), plus several grand for the base unit.  A commercial
tracking program like Fugawi Tracker will cost you about $700 to track 5
units on 1 PC.

The stuff's there, but the market is relatively small (the cellular services
are going to keep 2-way radio AVL a specialized niche, I think) and you're
not likely to see much priced for amateurs. 

Scott
N1VG

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Kauto Huopio
> Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2006 3:30 AM
> To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Subject: [aprssig] Commercial integrated APRS/GPS handhelds?
> 
> Greetings from OH land,
> 
> Just wondering: the market of APRS-capable commercial rigs has
> been extremely quiet. With the introduction of GPS modules,
> integration of GPS to a VHF/UHF handheld should not be a major
> task. OK, APRS users are a niche market inside a niche market
> of amateur radio to equipment manufacturers, but still..not a
> single integrated 2m/70cm APRS-capable GPS-equipped handheld?
> 
> Reasonably priced, that would be a hit among the ham emergency
> rescue service community, worldwide..
> 
> --Kauto OH2LFM
> 
> Kauto Huopio - oh2lfm at sral.fi
> Kolmas linja 31 A 1, FI-00530 Helsinki, Finland
> Tel. +358-40-5008774
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