[aprssig] APRS left in the dust

Neil Johnson Neil.Johnson at erudicon.com
Sat Jan 7 10:22:35 EST 2006

So just Garmin and Uniden.. Why not Motorola or any of the other FRS 
radio vendors (Note that Garmin's implementation is proprietary to their
radios only).

Still smelling a patent issue here.

I'd go search the patent office database, but the patent probably has 
some intentionally vague and broad description so they can potentially 
force  it down anyone's throat that comes up with something even 
remotely close.

Some of the cellular/PCS providers are now advertising "GPS" and 
tracking options, but that is based on using GPS to provide precise 
timing to cell sites to allow them to calculate position by differences 
in signal arrival times different towers.

Neil Johnson

Joe Della Barba wrote:
> And this 
> http://www.uniden.com/products/productdetail.cfm?product=MYSTIC&filter=Handheld 
> Robert Kirk wrote:
>> At 09:16 PM 1/5/06 -0600, Neil Johnson wrote:
>>> Face it. If Kenwood, Icom, and Yaesu were really serious about 
>>> supporting APRS, they would be introducing mobiles and handhelds with 
>>> built in GPS and TT/Opentrac capabilities.
>>> Or..they might be afraid to sell a device that can both determine a 
>>> position and then transmit it (in one device). Someone probably has a 
>>> patent on it.
>> Also,
>> At 04:45 AM 5/5/06 Joe Della Barba wrote:
>>> This brings up a question - Why has the commercial market abandoned 
>>> APRS? For awhile I thought I was going to see an APRS h/t with a 
>>> built in GPS and map screen, but now it looks like that will never 
>>> happen.
>>> 73 de N3HGB
>> Well... look at  http://www.garmin.com/products/rino530/    The world 
>> does move on.
>> Bob Kirk
>> N3OZB
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