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[aprssig] APRS needs...

Chuck Gooden Chuck.Gooden at comcast.net
Mon May 26 21:47:42 UTC 2008


Sorry Scott...I disagree.

If Kenwood, or any other manufacture could build something like this, I 
believe it would be a big boost for amateur radio.  Look at how the 
THD700 and HT has sold, and now we have the thd710.  The market already 
exist!

Let me know when your interface for the nuvi is ready, I'll buy one.

Scott Miller wrote:
> 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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