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[aprssig] APRS needs...

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon May 26 21:29:03 UTC 2008


It's a nice thought, but it's not entirely true.  Just building a better 
product has never been enough to be commercially successful.

Marketing issues aside, the potential market is only so big, and 
developing anything like this as a completely custom product is *expensive*.

If we were just talking about the electronics, it wouldn't be so bad. 
Component obsolescence is a constant problem of course, and getting good 
prices on LCD screens usually means buying large numbers, but it could 
be done.  But with the design and tooling costs of a completely custom 
solution like this... I just don't think it can be justified.

Scott
N1VG

Chuck Gooden wrote:
> Build it and they will come....
> 
> Tom Hayward wrote:
>> The APRS market is too small to sell enough devices to pay for the 
>> engineering required to produce such a device.
>>
>> Tom KD7LXL
>>
>> On Mon, May 26, 2008 at 10:53 AM, Ev Tupis <w2ev at yahoo.com 
>> <mailto:w2ev at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>>
>>     ... a hand-held transceiver with a clamshell qwerty
>>     keyboard, color LCD screen and an open OS.
>>
>>     Ev, W2EV
>>
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