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[aprssig] Sharp Zaurus ZR-5000 for APRS messaging

k4rjj at bellsouth.net k4rjj at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 17 22:14:33 UTC 2008


 I need to look around a bit more.  I seem to remember there was a modem to mount on the side.  What I need is the plain serial cable that plugs in the same port.
  -------------- Original message from "J. Gary Bender, WS5N" <ws5n at wildblue.net>: --------------

I have a Zaurus ZR-5000 sitting in a box somewhere.  (Not sure which box, though.)  I know I bought the cables originally, but I don't know if I can find them now.  Been a while!  I have toyed with the idea of using it for the smarts 
> of an APRS Weather station.  Have not gotten serious about trying it though.
> IIRR, Sharp did not make it easy to program.  The developer's kit was outrageously expensive.  If I find anything promising, I'll post something here.  I am a retired programmer (assembly language to C), so I have a decent shot at 
> making it work, if the tools are available.
>   --  73  --
>   J. Gary Bender, WS5N
>   Fence Lake, New Mexico USA
> 
> On Wed, 17 Sep 2008 19:17:56 +0000, k4rjj at bellsouth.net wrote:> Anyone ever used one of these for packet/APRS?  I wanted to use it for APRS messaging only.  I know it will never be good for mapping.  Mainly what I'm trying to find is how the serial port was wired.  I did not get a serial cable 
> with it but I'm sure there are a few still in the world.
> >
> > Ronny K4RJJ
> 
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