[aprssig] Messaging on the NUVI GPS

Jesse (KC5LOS) kc5los at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 3 10:00:04 CDT 2008

The size is what makes the Nuvi! I looked at the AvMap and its just too 
darn big. I looked at the Nokia and its almost the same size as the 
AvMap. Plus really no way to mount it. I have a Ramline 560 in the truck 
but no place to put it either. But its mounted in the back since I use 
it for work. I use it to load my GPS systems in the field so I had to 
have it with me. Just not able to to put a laptop in the front with all 
the center console and  HF radio in the way. I even tried a laptop mount 
and I couldn't accommodate a passenger in the front. I happen to come 
across the Nuvi which fit my bill as it mounts on the windsheild plus it 
is functional in my work. I just happen to come across the T2 by Scott 
and things just got better. But, i haven't been brave enough to buy one 
yet as I am not sure how it'll work with the D710 in APRS mode. Still 
browsing the manual. If it will connect and use the setup like UI-View 
then all problems solved. I like to keep the APRS functionality of the D710.

Jeff N0JUH wrote:
>> 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.
> I'm not knocking the Nuvi approach - I think it's a brilliant adaptation 
> of existing technology.  But it's a dead end if you need anything except 
> its fixed feature set.
> I picked up a Nokia 770 on ebay for $70.  Very powerful linux-based 
> system.  Could run an xastir-size program with no problems. Has a nice 
> GIS-enabled google-maps type of app (MaemoMapper using open streets.) 
> Has touch screen, usb and bluetooth.
> You can pick up an older tablet pc for $300-$400. Some people pay that 
> much for a dedicated APRS device.
> I guess I need to get off my rear and develop the killer "mobile 
> software APRS on commodity hardware" app :)
>    --Jeff n0juh
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