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[aprssig] APRS Clients Blackberry

Matthew Asham/BCWNS matthewa at bcwireless.net
Sun Jun 28 19:47:00 UTC 2009


Having had time to think about this some more, and having chatted with a
local ham who's also working on a desktop APRS client I'd like to get
started on this in the next few weeks.  

Our thoughts thus far are to build a server side gateway that handles
offline message storage et al, along with an open JSON/XML/REST protocol
for mobile clients such as a BB app to speak with.  We've discussed
using the OpenAPRS DCC gateway but wonder if it would be prudent to
build a gateway that any club or group can run for themselves so that
the application isn't reliant on any one gateway provider.

As for a client my initial thoughts are to build the client in the same
fashion as Live Messenger, integrating messaging into the standard
blackberry Inbox and adding beaconing abilities for those with reliable
GPS service.  What other features would you want in a mobile app?

Anyone who's interested in using or developing the Blackberry App and/or
an XML/Json gateway to APRS-IS please drop me a note off list so we can
get a group up and running to work on this project.

'73 Matthew - VE7UDP




 On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 15:44 -0700, Matthew Asham/BCWNS wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-06-23 at 11:43 -0700, Tom Hayward wrote:
> > > There is a problem with cell phone implementation of a traditional APRS
> > > client. You need to stay connected in order to continuously parse the
> > > incoming data.
> > 
> > This problem could be mitigated by the application connecting to a
> > history feed. I'm not aware of a bi-directional history feed though,
> > so it would need to connect to a normal port for posting posits.
> > 
> > I have some friends who would be interested in a Blackberry APRS
> > client (don't have one myself). Any Blackberry programmers on the
> > list?
> 
> It's been on the edge of my radar for a while now.  What I had in mind
> was a service monitoring aprs-is and collecting information that the BB
> would periodically poll.  This is more or less how the web aprs app I
> wrote for bcwireless.net works and allows for "offline" message
> reception.
> 
> I could be convinced to spare some cycles on such a project provided
> there's sufficient interest and little duplication of effort (time's is
> precious).  My general BB target is OS 4.5 and not the fancy touch
> features of the Storm.
> 
> '73 Matthew VE7UDP
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