[aprssig] Portable APRS

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 30 17:43:42 CST 2010

  Did you put a call in there?  
While you can't do all the things an outboard client can do with a bare D710, if someone has any info on the D710 CAT commands (I have everything for the D700 & D7) I'll adapt my D700 software to a D710 version (as best I can without owning a D710 - at least not right now) .  This should be able to do all memories and menus as well as send messages and stuff like that.
  I wrote VAB behind Excel to do this for the D700. See my site below.
  I'm currently looking into doing some 'special' telemetry with the D700/D7 radios using only the CAT commands.

73, Steve, K9DCI USN (Vet) MOT (Ret) Ham (Yet)

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--- On Thu, 12/30/10, Eric Hansen <skyssx at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Eric Hansen <skyssx at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Portable APRS
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Date: Thursday, December 30, 2010, 12:46 PM

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 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> 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!


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