[aprssig] Track Garmin Rinos in field, display data on Windows Laptop, hopefully merge with APRS

Lee Bengston lee.bengston at gmail.com
Sun Jan 29 20:59:50 CST 2012

Fyi, I've been in touch with Dr. Mascola directly.  Seeing his message
below made me realize that I hadn't created any virtual machines with
Xastir pre-installed since 2009, so I built a couple of them on
Saturday.  I settled on one built with Debian Squeeze with the XFCE
desktop, and one of Dr. Mascola's friends tried it out today on a
relatively old Pentium 4 machine running Windows XP and Oracle
VirtualBox - gave it a thumbs up.

Now that the folks that requested some help have had a chance to
download it, I'll share where to find it -

Although providing a pre-built virtual machine makes things very easy,
it's really not that difficult any more to install Xastir, whether
it's under Windows or Linux.  Modern Linux distributions such as
Ubuntu are very easy to install - either as the primary OS or in a
virtual machine under Windows.  I have to give some credit to
VirtualBox, too - I find it very easy to use.

I believe Fedora and Ubuntu, for example, have reasonably up to date
Xastir binaries available that are installed via a few mouse clicks by
their package managers.  There are also user contributed binaries that
are even more up to date such as those available at the following

The unofficial binaries above can also be installed with a few mouse
clicks using a graphical installer.

Lee - K5DAT

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)
<ldeffenb at homeside.to> wrote:
> And if so, are there any pointers to how to get the data from the Rinos?
> Even just the name of the source file that handles this.
> He already admitted that getting xastir going was more of a chore than he'd
> like to do, but if the I/F is simple enough, this might be a capability
> worth adding to APRSISCE/32...
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> On 1/26/2012 2:20 PM, Bill Vodall wrote:
> Doesn't Xastir already do this?
> On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM, Anthony Mascola <amascola at stanford.edu>
> wrote:
>> Hi All, I posted this on the Garmin Rino Yahoo Group and Bob Bruninga
>> suggested I also post it here.  Thanks for your help.
>> Anthony Mascola
>> KJ6OKV-7
>> From: garmin-rino at yahoogroups.com [mailto:garmin-rino at yahoogroups.com] On
>> Behalf Of a_mascola
>> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:13 AM
>> To: garmin-rino at yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: [garmin-rino] Track Rinos in field, display data on Windows
>> Laptop, hopefully merge with APRS
>> Hi All,
>> I am a physician and volunteer for the scouts as well as for our
>> neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). I hope to establish a
>> base station on a Windows PC that can receive and display the location and
>> message packets exchanged with Garmin Rino radios deployed in the field and
>> update these on a moving map tactical display as new information is received
>> from the Rinos. Ideally this software program could integrate packets also
>> from Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) enabled amateur radio stations
>> as well. I hope to use the application for coordination of scouting
>> activities in the backcountry as well as CERT search and rescue operations
>> where a cellular grid may not always be available. It would be great to
>> include position data for each party member using whatever hardware is
>> capable of sending this information including cellular data when available
>> given the largest number of users with this hardware. Ideally a user could
>> have an identifier and if the cell grid went down use GMRS or amateur radio
>> as a backup. I would hope to be able to see the position of each member of
>> the party on a more detailed map with better data entry options than the
>> small display of the rino to allow for more efficient communication. I
>> currently own two Rino 530HCx models and two 530's as well as a Kenwood
>> TH-D72A and Kenwood TM-D710 which have terminal node controllers that allow
>> for use with the Automatic Packet Radio System. I have found Bob Bruninga's
>> APRS to be a brilliant example of ingenuity. I am hoping though to include
>> exchange of data with a broader variety of hardware given that I am
>> interfacing with many persons with a variety of technical backgrounds and
>> equipment in these activities.
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