[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Chris Moulding chrism at crosscountrywireless.net
Fri Apr 9 11:12:48 EDT 2010

Hi Jacob,

We looked at using Bluetooth GPS units via an Bluetooth to serial 
adaptor with the APRS TNC Digi Tracker.

In the end we bypassed Bluetooth and fitted a SIRF III GPS module in the 
unit itself. More details at 

I totally agree with your comment about using APRS just on the internet. 
More APRS over radio please...


Chris, G4HYG

Chris Moulding
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Jacob Tennant wrote:
> OK all of you hotshot programmers I have a idea for you,
> I have already started playing around with this idea and think it 
> might really be the way to go in the future of APRS for mobile/portable.
> I have already tested out this idea as I found a Bluetooth GPS for 
> $25.00 at GPSnow.com and after adding a bluetooth adapter to my ACER 
> netbook it works great for the various APRS programs providing GPS 
> data just as good as the wired GPS's I have used.
> My next thought or area of experimentation is:
> 1. Using a bluetooth to serial adapter ,available from I/O Gear thru 
> wallmart.com for $60.00+/-, so as to make the in-car setup as easy as 
> after initial setup just get in the car, turn on the laptop, let the 
> bluetooth find the TNC and GPS and away you go without having to 
> hookup any cables.
> 2. Adding a bluetooth module internally to a current TNC so as to skip 
> the external adapter mentioned above.
> Just some thoughts as I like what I am seeing with the various hand 
> held devices versions of APRS be it iPhone/iPod, Windows Mobile, or 
> Android but we need to maintain the ability to connect a TNC and GPS 
> if not already in the handheld device for mobile operations outside of 
> the normal internet connectivity/ caellular data coverage areas.
> In my own opinion this would be the worse thing we could do to APRS is 
> make it a internet application with a little ham radio mixed in, and I 
> say this even as a operator of a Igate station as my plans for the 
> igate is so as to pass messages over greater distances than the radio 
> coverage permits for ARES & Public Service operations.
> Let the flames begin. . .
> Jacob Tennant - K8JWT
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