[aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja

Kent Olsen ridgerunner at dslextreme.com
Tue Oct 27 22:52:29 EDT 2009

My jeep goes very slow up or down the rocky trails. I think the standard 
HDS-5 Baja will do just fine. Another thing is the inside of my Jeep gets 
wet from time to time and a laptop will not stand up to that.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Mandera" <tsm1 at tmcom.com>
To: <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Lowrance HDS-5 Baja

>> Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:09:40 -0000
>> From: "Dave Baxter" <dave at uk-ar.co.uk>
>> I'd have thought a laptop on a RAM mount, would have been less cost,
>> more flexible, and with a solid state disk, rugged too.
>> Dave G0WBX.
> I don't know exactly what Ken's after, but there are companies
> (pciraceradios.com in particular) that sell ruggedized versions of the
> HDS-5 BAJA and similar units.
> They are intended for use in off-road vehicles, and in the case of many of
> PCI's offerings, particularly in high-speed off-road race vehicles ($1M
> USD Trophy Trucks down to open-cockpit buggies).  They need something that
> will survive landing a jump at 120mph, dirt and dust and silt galore, and
> be readable by the driver or navigator at 120mph on a bumpy road.
> That said, my race truck is now where near competitive with a Trophy
> Truck, and my budget is significantly less as well.
> I've considered taking a used laptop (sub-Ghz even), replacing the hard
> drive with a 4 or 8GB CF chip and CFtoIDE adapter to eliminate the moving
> parts, add in a Bluetooth GPS receiver mounted somewhere in the clear, and
> build my own 10-12" LCD "navigation system."
> Might work great in the race truck, though probably too big for my trail
> 4x4 since I wouldn't build the truck around the laptop like I might in the
> race truck.
> Goofy things like a heater, doors, windshield and so on get in the way.
> I wouldn't mind one of the Lowrance Bajas and their ilk.  I just haven't
> made it a spending priority yet.
> -Tom Mandera
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