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[aprssig] NEW laptop for APRS with a Serial Port?

KENT HUFFORD khufford at comcast.net
Sun Apr 13 21:22:45 UTC 2008


I've used a couple of laptops with USB/serial adapters... Some work, some
work some of the time, some work/but change com ports when they want to,
some set com ports above 4, etc. 

Ham radio is a hobby.... I don't want usb/serial to be a hobby<g>.

Thanks,
Kent

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Alan P. Biddle
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 4:36 PM
To: 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
Subject: RE: [aprssig] NEW laptop for APRS with a Serial Port?


Hi,

I am interested in why you are excluding USB adapters?  They are available
for south of $30, and sometimes $20, and if you shop wisely they will
support everything a real port will.  Some are clunky, most are not.  My
Dell Vista supports CAT control, keying, serial GPS, rig programming, etc
that way.  They are well behaved in that the assignments don't jump around
between uses.  This is one of those issues which doesn't have a unique right
or wrong answer, so I am just curious.

Alan
WA4SCA




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