[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Jacob Tennant k8jwt at comcast.net
Fri Apr 9 13:02:51 EDT 2010

I have downloaded your software and plan on trying them out this weekend. 
But one question, if not in a wifi/cell data capable area what maps can you 
software use? Both the PC and CE versions?

Thank you,
Jacob Tennant - K8JWT
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)" <ldeffenb at homeside.to>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 11:28 AM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

> Been there, done that, and in operation today.  My KJ4ERJ-1 / KJ4ERJ-7
> IGate is Bluetooth connected from the TinyTrak4 to the server running
> APRSIS32 as the IGate software.  I call it my 100 foot air gap lightning
> arrestor.
> APRSISCE running on my Windows Mobile phone can also connect to a
> Bluetooth to serial adapter connected to the T2-135 TNC embedded in the
> Alinco DR-135 mobile in my car.  That gives it a full RF interface and
> mobile IGate capability since my phone also has cellular Internet and
> APRSISCE contains the IGating functionality.  I run it this way on long
> trips.  It's pretty crazy to see 100% coverage of the other RF tracker
> in the van.
> If you haven't checked out APRSISCE for Windows Mobile or Win32,
> download your free copy from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/APRSISCE/ or
> read about it at the Wiki http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/start
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> 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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