[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .
gregg at wonderly.org
Mon Apr 12 09:57:19 CDT 2010
Several things Wes. The iPhone 4.0 OS announcement has been made and includes
multi-tasking, out this summer. There are some smaller wifi capable boxes
available. One, that is packaged, read to go, of course would be the Mac-Mini.
It's still a bit pricey for me, but it really is a complete computer. There
will continue to be some more developments I am sure.
I too am wondering what the deal is about the blue tooth stacks not being
completely in place for data in and data out.
Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:
> 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.
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:53, Jacob Tennant <k8jwt at comcast.net
> <mailto: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.
> 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 <http://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
> aprssig mailing list
> aprssig at tapr.org <mailto:aprssig at tapr.org>
> God help those who do not help themselves.
> aprssig mailing list
> aprssig at tapr.org
More information about the aprssig