[aprssig] Messaging on the NUVI GPS

Patrick winston at winston1.net
Wed Sep 3 10:49:06 CDT 2008

This was pretty much the only way I could argue the Nuvi in my case.  I'd previously
tried the setup along the lines that Kevin proposed (I work at a tablet PC company so I
had lots of old stock to play with), and while it worked for me, it wasn't quite user
friendly enough that the XYL could work it 100% of the time which for us was the
requirement.  I still don't have the tracker2 install completely working as I'm tracing
receive issues, but as a GPS for navigation and APRS it works way better then the GPS +
PDA + Destinator + APRS + GPS Gate install I had previously.  There's definitely
something to the KISS idea.


On Wed, 03 Sep 2008 07:22:18 -0700, The Bland Ranch wrote
> I think we should have software for all these platforms.
> What hasn't been mentioned about this is that the NUVI approach will enable 
> hams to use a gismo they already have AND the XYL will allow in a car.
> Momma won't want to be displaced by a computer in the front seat, but she would
> allow a NUVI navigator that has "additional features".
> For a guy like me that travels frequently, the idea of being able to use my
> NUVI, which I take anyway, to look at local APRS traffic is appealing. I would
> not go to the extra trouble to haul a pC to do this on a biz trip.
> Scott, I've been following this. Nice job. Making one of these setups may just
> move up my priority list after I finish the Fender Bassman rebuild......
> Chuck Bland
> Quoting Kevin Sherwood <kshrwood at hotmail.com>:
> > 
> > New touchscreen hardware for small laptops is expensive, but there's a lot of
> > inexpensive old hardware available that still works great.  Panasonic
> > Toughbooks from the Pentium 3 era with daylight-visible touchscreens are in
> > the $2-300 range (CF-M34), and tablet/notebook hybrids with Pentium M
> > processors (CF-18) go for $700-1000.  Given that 99% of what people do will
> > run on even the earlier machines, and it's only really games that demand the
> > latest hardware, these are a cheap option.
> > 
> > They're also great b/c the fully rugged models don't have fans or vents,
> > meaning they emphasize low power use over performance, so 6-7 hours on a
> > battery is normal.  I bought them primarily for sailing, where power is a
> > valuable commodity.  Finally they're light, with the models I have both being
> > around 4.5 pounds.
> > 
> > Kevin
> > KB3PLX
> > 
> > 
> > --Forwarded Message Attachment--
> > From: scott at opentrac.org
> > To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> > Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 09:37:55 -0700
> > Subject: Re: [aprssig] Messaging on the NUVI GPS
> > 
> > Once you get to a certain level of features, then yeah, you need to 
> > start considering commodity hardware.
> >  
> > On the other hand, there's something to be said for the KISS principle. 
> >   My Windows Mobile smart phone is an absolute piece of garbage.  If I 
> > use the camera, I've got a 50% chance of the phone crashing in the next 
> > six hours.  The interface is sluggish, with enough of a delay on almost 
> > everything (and no feedback) that you're constantly hitting buttons 
> > twice because it didn't seem to take.  Leave it in the text message 
> > screen and it freaks out every hour or so about server certificates.  I 
> > would not use this device for anything important, and it's barely usable 
> > as a phone.  (The old unlocked Motorola quad-band GSM phone I use while 
> > out of the country - $20 on eBay - is vastly better at just being a phone.)
> >  
> > And as for the nuvi, the alternative would be to go with a small touch 
> > screen PC, which isn't cheap, and you'd have a hard time getting it to 
> > match the nuvi for plain old navigation use.
> >  
> > Scott
> > N1VG
> >
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