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Mon May 26 22:44:51 UTC 2008


I don't think the D7A is oversized.  The battery is a little thick, but the 
buttons are comfortable and it seems to have a good front end.  Not all of 
us like little tiny buttons or radios.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Miller" <scott at opentrac.org>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS needs...


> 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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