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[aprssig] Portable APRS

Eric Hansen skyssx at gmail.com
Fri Dec 31 16:35:19 UTC 2010

I saw that one. I doubt the efficacy, but it's worth a try. It reads like it
is a general purpose TNC, for all bands, not something APRS specific. I have
iAPRS on my phone right now, it allows access to the APRS-IS as a viewer,
and if you have an OpenAPRS account, you can post your position to the IS.
Planned future improvements are smart beaconing and full two way APRS
support through the IS gated to RF. With AT&T's coverage and reliability
though, only using the IS relegates it to toy status.

On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 11:21 AM, Phil N6TCT <phil_aprssig at lapsley.org>wrote:

>  There is an actual APRS app for the iphone called "PocketPacket".  By
> "actual" I mean one that actually squawks and decodes audio packets: the TNC
> and modem are done in software on the iphone, so no external TNC hardware is
> needed.  It's $4.99.  So to my mind, PocketPacket plus a cable between your
> iphone and a small 2-meter HT and you've got the smallest, cheapest portable
> APRS station with a smartphone UI.  Disclaimer: I have not used PocketPacket
> (hope to play with it this weekend, in fact); reviews on the apple store
> indicate that it's still in development and has bugs and missing features,
> blah blah.
> http://www.appstorehq.com/pocketpacket-iphone-94648/app
> Phil, N6TCT
> Eric Hansen wrote:
> 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.
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