[aprssig] EF Johnson Offering Mike With Built-In Display GPS And APRS-like Functions

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Jan 27 16:32:21 EST 2009

APRS entirely inside a hand mic?

New product announcement in the publication formerly known as "MRT" 
(Mobile Radio Technology) and now as "Urgent Communications". This 
sounds like the ultimate Mic-E setup -- inside the mic. Photo makes it 
look like a basic eTrex or even a HamHud (it does test messaging) 
stuffed inside a hand mic, From Johnson's website at:


"The new Discover™ GPS Speaker Microphone is excellent for coordinating 
field operations and seeing the location of group members in real time. 
A large, backlit LCD screen provides an easy to use icon-based operation 
and allows for graphic representation of relative distance and direction 
to other team members. Send text messages and waypoints to groups, 
individuals or dispatch. Transmit highly accurate location data in a 
variety of ways: over analog or digital channels, clear or encrypted, 
with every push-to-talk or at pre-determined time or distance intervals."

A bit pricey at $500 a pop though. Perhaps Scott or Byon could cram 
their respective two-way trackers and a GPS module into a similar mic 
case. Maybe even with a POCSAG decoder in firmware..........



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