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[aprssig] APRSPad in the app store

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Sun Apr 4 03:55:13 UTC 2010


Some people have it working on WinMo 5 and one person has reported that 
the latest release of APRSISCE doesn't come up.  I'm still trying to 
figure out how to diagnose that without actually having access to the 
platform that doesn't work. 

A data plan is not required, but you'll need some form of Internet 
connection (like the WiFi) to preload maps using the program itself.  It 
uses OpenStreetMap.org maps which it caches locally in multiple zoom 
levels so you always have a clear view zoomed in or out. When out of 
Internet coverage, if a tile is needed that isn't present, it will 
stretch a lower zoom level to fill the void.

With a suitable TNC connection, either direct serial or Bluetooth 
serial, or however you can get a TNC connected, you'll have APRS RF 
coverage.  The program supports KISS TNCs.

Join the group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aprsisce/ and download a 
copy from the Files section (it's free).  Then see what works or doesn't 
work for you and let me know!

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32


Greg D. wrote:
> Hi Lynn,
>
> Will it run on a WinMobile 5 phone with Wi-FI but otherwise no data 
> plan? 
>
> I have an iPaq  HW6945, but no SIM for it.  The GPS works with Pocket 
> Streets, if you happen to be within the very limited set of maps that 
> I can find for it.  (The free offer to download maps from Microsoft's 
> site apparently has expired, and HP is no help since it's out of 
> warranty.)  I'd love to have access to real maps, with APRS, and all 
> that, even if just when in range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, because otherwise 
> this thing is pretty much useless.  aprs.fi won't load, for example, 
> as IE is too old.
>
> Greg  KO6TH
>
>
> > Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2010 18:05:16 -0400
> > From: ldeffenb at homeside.to
> > To: aprssig at tapr.org
> > Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRSPad in the app store
> >
> > I couldn't agree more. If you use APRSIS32, you probably don't even
> > need a newer, faster tablet. It's the same base code that runs on my
> > 400Mhz Windows Mobile phone. Check it out at
> > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aprsisce/
> >
> > Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> >
> > Michael Carey wrote:
> > > I think it does but I've had less than enthusiastic results using
> > > Bluetooth GPS in a real life, RF noisy (ham radio vehicle)
> > > environment, give me a wire anyday for reliability and repeatability.
> > > Now that the iPad has hit the street, hopefully hams out there will
> > > explore the possibilities. Personally, I'm leaning toward some of the
> > > newer Atom powered tablets running Win7 for my mobile APRS 
> requirements.
> > >
> > > Michael.
> > > VK5ZEA
> > >
> > > Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
> > >> Does the iPad do Bluetooth? Could you use a BT to Serial adapter to
> > >> get to the TNC?
> > >>
> > >> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ
> > >>
> > >> Michael Carey wrote:
> > >>> And one glaring hole is the iPad hardware... no ability for
> > >>> interfacing to radio hardware, no built in USB!!
> > >>>
> > >>> You need another adapter hanging off your sleek new Apple 
> product to
> > >>> provide that... and even then, it's not a designed as a normal host
> > >>> USB socket, it's for camera users so if you were thinking of
> > >>> plugging in a USB GPS, serial interface or memory stick, you might
> > >>> be outta luck.
> > >>>
> > >>> No SD card socket either, so you can't buy the cheaper 16 gb model
> > >>> and add your own storage. Good thinking there apple!!
> > >>>
> > >>> Michael.
> > >>> Vk5ZEA
> > >>>> This is one glaring hole in the iPad OS - no multitasking.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> -Jason
> > >>>> kg4wsv




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