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[aprssig] APRS in Garmin

Jeff King king.robert.j at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 02:00:30 UTC 2009


FYI, Garmin already has the VHF side done:

http://www8.garmin.com/astro/

This device uses MURS (151mhz) radios for a hunting dog tracking system.

One of Garmin VP's attended a DCC in Chicago, I think it was in 2000 or
there abouts. Attended all the APRS functions. I guess they figured that dog
didn't hunt...  (sorry couldn't resist  ;-).



On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 9:00 PM, Jason Rausch <jason at ke4nyv.com> wrote:

>
> > If they did produce such a device, it would be priced like
> > the
> > low-production volume professional surveying and GIS
> > devices -- no ham would buy one.
>
> I beg to differ with this statement.
>
> First off, the APRS community, worldwide, is looking for a D7 replacement.
>  In all honestly, the VX-8R is a big letdown in many ways and does not fill
> the D7's shoes.
>
> Second, the Garmin Rino is already a proven design.  If Garmin took the
> time to develop the UHF side, I think they could easily devote the time to
> developing the VHF side.  They already have modem design.  If the modem was
> done in software, I'm sure that it can do AX.25 packet.  A Rino like device
> with VHF only or VHF/UHF and 1200/9600 AX.25 support was to come to market,
> I think it would sell like crazy.
>
> Third, less than a year ago, hams were regularly giving $300 for a D7 with
> out a GPS or mapping.  A rino with GPS and color mapping would sell, even at
> a $500 price tag.  I would buy one.  Of course I am taking into account the
> fact that everything is coming in a single unit.
>
> I can't be the only one that thinks this way :o)
>
> Jason KE4NYV
> RPC Electronics
> www.rpc-electronics.com
>
>
> --- On Tue, 6/30/09, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
>
> > From: Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com>
> > Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS in Garmin
> > To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
> > Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 6:46 PM
>  >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Andrew Rich wrote:
> > Why doesnt garmin just make an aprs
> > terminal and be done
> > with it
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -
> > Because APRS is a niche activity of a niche activity
> > (Amateur
> > Radio).       A minor
> > (inexpensive) software tweak to units produced by
> > the 10's of thousands is one thing.
> > Creating a dedicated device
> > selling in the hundreds (or units of thousands) could never
> > be
> > justified by a mass mfr like Garmin.
> >
> >
> >
> > If they did produce such a device, it would be priced like
> > the
> > low-production volume professional surveying and GIS
> > devices -- no ham
> > would buy one.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> >
> >
> > Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
> >
> > EchoLink Node:      WA8LMF
> > or 14400    [Think bottom of the 2M band]
> >
> > Skype:        WA8LMF
> >
> > Home
> > Page:
> > http://wa8lmf.net
> >
> >
> >
> > JavAPRS Filter Port 14580 Guide
> >
> >   http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/JAVaprsFilters.htm
> >
> >
> >
> > "APRS 101"  Explanation of APRS Path
> > Selection & Digipeating
> >
> >   http://wa8lmf.net/DigiPaths
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Updated "Rev H"
> > APRS
> > http://wa8lmf.net/aprs
> >
> > Symbols Set for UI-View,
> >
> > UIpoint and APRSplus:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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