[aprssig] serial to Bluetooth adapter recommendations

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Tue Dec 2 12:03:08 CST 2008


Just google "bluetooth serial adapter".  IOGear has one that I believe 
my son (KJ4DXK) has used for several applications.  I've used one for 
years as a remote serial extension for a FIRST (usfirst.org) robot, but 
I don't remember it's (generic) brand.

Have you considered just buying a new Bluetooth GPS?  I've seen them for 
$40 generic and DeLorme sells a BT-20 for $99.99 that is both BT and USB 
and comes with their latest Street Atlas software.  You'll pay almost 
that much for a BT serial device in my experience.

I just found http://www.buygpsnow.com/ by googling "Bluetooth GPS".  
Amazing prices and some for a limited time.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Not associated with either IOGear nor DeLorme.  Just 
a happy customer of both.


Mark Conner wrote:
> I am looking for a serial to Bluetooth adapter so I can interface my Garmin Street Pilot III to my smartphone while in the car.  The Garmin's primary use is for APRS, but I'd also like to have the data piped to the smartphone too.  Modules are fine, but complete units are OK as long as they can be powered externally by 5 or 13.8 volts (I don't need a fully-portable solution).  Cheap is always good.  Any recommendations from others who might have done this already?
> My phone already has a GPS in it, but Verizon has locked it in firmware to only their VZ Navigator service.  However, it will take Bluetooth serial GPS data from an external source.
> 73 de Mark N9XTN
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