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[aprssig] APRS needs...

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon May 26 22:03:52 UTC 2008


For a mobile, or a handheld?  Kenwood could certainly do it in a mobile 
(I think it'd wind up being a ham MDT), but with the D7 already at $350, 
oversized, and short on battery life... I can't really see them coming 
up with something having a slide-out keyboard and nice screen.

Scott
N1VG

Chuck Gooden wrote:
> 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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