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[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Fri Apr 9 16:02:40 UTC 2010


One of my (growing list of) gripes about the iphone is that it's weak in
bluetooth dept.  I just thought this morning about using bluetooth SPP but
iphone doesn't support it.  Looks like android doesn't either, although they
both seem to support the underlying RFCOMM protocol.

Don't get me wrong, I do _like_ my iphone, but I find myself wanting just
one more thing... like avrcp over bluetooth, or to send SMS messages w/o
interrupting pandora. Or  to run IBCNU (aprs app) at the same time as
pandora.

The only other way I can think of to get serial data in/out of these devices
is a wifi telnet server.  I have two ethernet servers at home but they are
certainly not suitable for automotive use and would require a wifi access
point in addition.  bummer.

Wes

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:53, Jacob Tennant <k8jwt at comcast.net> wrote:

>  OK all of you hotshot programmers I have a idea for you,
>
> I have already started playing around with this idea and think it might
> really be the way to go in the future of APRS for mobile/portable.
>
> BLUETOOTH
>
> I have already tested out this idea as I found a Bluetooth GPS for $25.00
> at GPSnow.com and after adding a bluetooth adapter to my ACER netbook it
> works great for the various APRS programs providing GPS data just as good as
> the wired GPS's I have used.
>
> My next thought or area of experimentation is:
>
> 1. Using a bluetooth to serial adapter ,available from I/O Gear thru
> wallmart.com for $60.00+/-, so as to make the in-car setup as easy as
> after initial setup just get in the car, turn on the laptop, let the
> bluetooth find the TNC and GPS and away you go without having to hookup any
> cables.
>
> 2. Adding a bluetooth module internally to a current TNC so as to skip the
> external adapter mentioned above.
>
> Just some thoughts as I like what I am seeing with the various hand held
> devices versions of APRS be it iPhone/iPod, Windows Mobile, or Android but
> we need to maintain the ability to connect a TNC and GPS if not already in
> the handheld device for mobile operations outside of the normal internet
> connectivity/ caellular data coverage areas.
>
> In my own opinion this would be the worse thing we could do to APRS is make
> it a internet application with a little ham radio mixed in, and I say this
> even as a operator of a Igate station as my plans for the igate is so as to
> pass messages over greater distances than the radio coverage permits for
> ARES & Public Service operations.
>
> Let the flames begin. . .
>
> Jacob Tennant - K8JWT
>
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Wes
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