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[aprssig] APRS needs...

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Mon May 26 22:50:31 UTC 2008


I guess it's a matter of personal preference, but I'd consider the D7 to 
be the least ergonomic radio I've used in a long time.  My old Yaesu 
FT-203R fits in the hand better than the D7 does.  It can also be used 
as a bludgeon, if necessary.  =]

Scott
N1VG

K7FTP wrote:
> 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...
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> 
>> 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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