[aprssig] APRS software capability ideas. . .

Gregory A. Carter gcarter at openaprs.net
Tue Apr 13 16:43:11 EDT 2010

I wonder if a hacked up Linksys WRT54G running a modified linux kernel would
be useful in this type of application.  I image you could code a simple
telnet server to receive data/transmit data to the iphone.  I've also seen
articles on adding a serial port to these goodies.


OpenAPRS iPhone Edition

On Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 9:02 AM, Wes Johnston, AI4PX <wes at ai4px.com> 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> 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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