[aprssig] Android Tablets

Lloyd Mitchell lloyd at mitchell-web.net
Tue Aug 23 13:55:37 CDT 2011

Does anyone on the listserv' have one of these?

Lloyd KO4L

Gye Nyame 

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Android Tablets
From: Gregg Wonderly <gregg at wonderly.org>
Date: Tue, August 23, 2011 1:56 pm
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List <aprssig at tapr.org>
Cc: Kevin Sherwood <kshrwood at hotmail.com>

On 8/23/2011 11:06 AM, Kevin Sherwood wrote:
> Has anyone considered anything like this for portable APRS:
> http://www.tradestead.com/wholesale-android-2-2-7-inch-touch-screen-tablet-pc-pda-mid-wide-camera_p12982.html
> 7" screen, 800 mhz processor, 256 mb ram, wifi, limited camera.
> Actually maybe not that one, I don't see a microphone jack, but there are other cheap ones out there.
> Imagine the possibilities though - add a bluetooth serial interface to your APRS-ready rig, or
 > use the audio jacks and a sound modem. Mapping, messaging, on screen 
keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard.
 > Heck the camera's low res is optimized for the small size picutre
that were discussed recently.

I really think that "bluetooth" serial or "direct audio connections"
create a 
lot of limitations on what is achievable. Look at the WiSnap or other
interfaced serial port devices. If you focus on that style interface,
interacting with that device vs an i-Gate is nearly zero. This means
that you 
can decide when you are "on the air". If you carry around a small access
for use in your vehicle, you can even take you APRS device out of your
and use it remotely.

This is the model of design that I've used on my APRSNow application for
iPad. I still don't have a WiSnap connected to mine, but as soon as my
financial situation improves, I will probably put a MacMini in the car
and use 
it's WiFi to connect through to a USB-Serial dongle served by a
instance which will also have my Verizon USB Cellular modem attached
when I need 
a full internet connection. That will let me park near a support event,
get out 
with my iPad, and do APRS and access the internet both.

Gregg Wonderly

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