[aprssig] Portable APRS
Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)
ldeffenb at homeside.to
Thu Dec 30 12:59:23 CST 2010
Or you can get a Windows Mobile cellphone with internal GPS and
Bluetooth and add a bluetooth to serial connection to your external TNC
(or the RC-D710) and run APRSISCE on the phone. If you've got a valid
SIM card and data plan, you can even be a mobile, bi-directional IGate
or without the data connection or SIM, just have a much nicer map-based
interface to APRS, including full-up messaging. All available today!
See http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/start for more details.
Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
Eric Hansen wrote:
> I follow your line of thought because i've gone down roughly the same
> line. One development interesting to me is the ability for the iPad to
> operate as a USB or RS232 host. The USB is already on the market as a
> digital camera interface. The same company is making an official DB9
> and RJ11 serial output dongle. I would like my APRS to be something
> the size of a tablet, or smaller, and offer the ability to do anything
> that an old dekstop computer with TNC and radio could do. The iPad has
> a GPS chipset inside already, so there is really nothing stopping
> someone with enough know-how from making a two piece solution.
> www.byonics.com <http://www.byonics.com> makes the Tiny Trak series of
> TNCs. They have several dumb tracker solutions on various PCBs. The
> radio from the 10w AIO, a TT3 or 4 TNC, and someone to write an apple
> store app would make the smallest solution i've been able to think of.
> On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM, John Davis <john.r.davis.jr at gmail.com
> <mailto:john.r.davis.jr at gmail.com>> wrote:
> I am a new to the HAM community, so please excuse my ignorance in
> advance. I have been involved in technology for a long time until
> a friend of mine, Mike (KN8J) peaked my interest in APRS. I
> purchased an RC-D710 with the intentions of creating an HT setup
> similar to what Bob did. With that said, I am realizing there is a
> problem with input, it is a slow and tedious process and a
> limitation to APRS.
> What I mean is that using the keypad is fine, but long and kind
> of unnecessary. I am starting to feel the need for a keyboard on
> an HT or something more than a keypad. Pardon my reference, but
> similar to the need for them on smartphones and cellphones. If we
> are to get a mass adaptation there needs to be an easy way to
> utilize all of its features.
> I am contemplating hacking away at my RC-D710 to use the keyboard
> over serial(if possible), but I think that if we
> can incorporate Bluetooth with a VX-8DR/R we should be able to
> make or allow a keyboard to be connected to an HT/mobile unit to
> allow better data input.
> Another idea I have is to create a device with a
> dedicated transceiver(Micro-Trak TinyTrak4) in the same case as a
> picoITX motherboard(EPIA-P820) using either an SSD or CF card as a
> hdd in a fanless case, and mount some form of 7in
> monitor(touchscreen or not) and keyboard on this device. This
> device should be light and self contained, with a battery life of
> 5 hours on transmit/receive. I think I could make it work.
> My question is this: Why are we still so limited to computers for
> data input and monitoring with APRS when we have so many great
> technologies at our fingertips for pretty cheap.
> If anyone is interested in my ideas please let me know and I can
> discuss them with you, on or off the thread. Thank you everyone!
> John R Davis Jr
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