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[aprssig] APRS needs...

Chuck Gooden Chuck.Gooden at comcast.net
Mon May 26 22:46:38 UTC 2008


Ahh... A man with no vision.

How about adding a USB port for keyboard then. Or  maybe we should look 
for a way to interface a cell phone keyboard.  The technology is already 
there we just need to assimilate it.

You seem to be a developer, so why the negative attitude?  We can if we 
want to.

Scott Miller wrote:
> 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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