[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Gregg Wonderly gregg at wonderly.org
Mon Apr 12 10:57:19 EDT 2010

Several things Wes.  The iPhone 4.0 OS announcement has been made and includes 
multi-tasking, out this summer.  There are some smaller wifi capable boxes 
available.  One, that is packaged, read to go, of course would be the Mac-Mini. 
  It's still a bit pricey for me, but it really is a complete computer.  There 
will continue to be some more developments I am sure.

I too am wondering what the deal is about the blue tooth stacks not being 
completely in place for data in and data out.

Gregg Wonderly

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:
> 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.
> Wes
> On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 10:53, Jacob Tennant <k8jwt at comcast.net 
> <mailto: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 <http://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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