[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Jacob Tennant k8jwt at comcast.net
Fri Apr 9 13:04:49 EDT 2010

Your in luck as according to hwat I have seen about the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 it will now be able to do multitasking activities.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Wes Johnston, AI4PX 
  To: TAPR APRS Mailing List 
  Sent: Friday, April 09, 2010 12:02 PM
  Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

  One of my (growing list of) gripes about the iphone is that it's weak in bluetooth dept.  I just thought this morning about using bluetooth SPP but iphone doesn't support it.  Looks like android doesn't either, although they both seem to support the underlying RFCOMM protocol.

  Don't get me wrong, I do _like_ my iphone, but I find myself wanting just one more thing... like avrcp over bluetooth, or to send SMS messages w/o interrupting pandora. Or  to run IBCNU (aprs app) at the same time as pandora.

  The only other way I can think of to get serial data in/out of these devices is a wifi telnet server.  I have two ethernet servers at home but they are certainly not suitable for automotive use and would require a wifi access point in addition.  bummer.


  On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:53, Jacob Tennant <k8jwt at comcast.net> 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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