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[aprssig] Google APRS

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Wed Feb 4 21:26:47 UTC 2009


The definition of "mobile" changes with the tides of technology.  
Consider the Osborne 1 "portable" computer 
(http://oldcomputers.net/osborne.html).  Granted it pre-dates Windoze 
(and even GUIs for that matter), but if RS-232 TNCs were around back 
then, I'm sure that SOMEBODY would have hooked one up with a terminal 
program and gone "mobile' with the whole setup.

Besides, the original message alluded to mobile text messaging in 
general (I thought), not specifically related to the SIZE of the 
equipment that was necessary.

I'm treating APRS as a method of melding of RF and Internet technologies 
to enable a whole passel of interesting possibilities.  My son's  
Parallax Propellor-based 
(http://www.parallax.com/tabid/407/Default.aspx), home-brew APRS via 
KISS TNC client in his car control system (MiLog) (tracking as KJ4DXK-9) 
fires out an APRS text message to my APRS-IS linked Windows Mobile 
client (tracking as KJ4ERJ-12) every time it starts up.  That let's me 
know that he's about to go mobile so I can either track him, call him 
via voice, or just be aware.  He, along with KJ4HPQ and W4SGC, have even 
grander ideas developing for APRS-type usage over RF.

I can't wait to see what the newest generation of Hams come up with that 
will shadow the current cell phone capabilities until those ideas get 
popularized and commercialized opening the way for yet another 
generation to do even more experimentation and invention.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ

Rich Mulvey wrote:
> Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
>   
>> UI-View on a laptop connected to a TNC comes immediately to mind.
>>
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>>     
>
>    I think there's more than a little difference between a device that
> can get lost in your pocket, and an early-mid-1990's laptop + radio +
> antenna combination.  ;-)
>
> - Rich
>
>
>   
>> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ
>>
>> Arno Verhoeven (PE1ICQ) wrote:
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>>> Phil - AD6NH wrote the following on 2009-02-04 7:39 PM:
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>>>> Hams were text messaging via 
>>>> APRS long before cell phones were available that had that capability. 
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>>>>         
>>> Really? When did we start text messaging via _mobile_ APRS terminals?
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