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[aprssig] Android Tablets

Bradley Haney kc9gqr at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 19:04:59 UTC 2011


To bad some one doesn't come up with a WINLINK  APP  that you can interface
with your TNC via bluetooth..

On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 1:55 PM, Lloyd Mitchell <lloyd at mitchell-web.net>wrote:

> Does anyone on the listserv' have one of these?
>  Wow
>
> 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
> messages
> 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
> "WiFi"
> interfaced serial port devices. If you focus on that style interface,
> then
> 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
> point
> for use in your vehicle, you can even take you APRS device out of your
> vehicle
> and use it remotely.
>
> This is the model of design that I've used on my APRSNow application for
> the
> iPad. I still don't have a WiSnap connected to mine, but as soon as my
> current
> 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
> JavAPRSsrv
> 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
> W5GGW
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