[aprssig] Perfect Building Block for Full-Function Mobile APRS, Igate or Smart Digi !
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Tue Feb 15 04:34:26 EST 2011
I just received an email flyer from NewEgg.com . They are currently blowing
out a Foxconn Netbook for $199 with free shipping.
This is a 10.1" display ultra-lightweight (2 lbs) mini-laptop with a 1.6 GHz
processor, B/G/N WiFi, 1GB RAM, 160 GB hard disk and 100MB/s Ethernet. The
display has white LED (not fluorescent ) backlight for the 600 x 1024 pixel
screen, so power consumption is really low. This full PC is barely larger
than an AVmap5 with twice as large a screen at one third the price. With a
cheap USB GPS puck and the APRS app of your choice, this would make a nice
full-function mobile APRS display and messaging terminal.
It would also be an ideal mate for the USB port on the new TH-D72 Kenwood handheld.
This unit comes WITHOUT an OS (so you are not paying the Microsoft tax if you
decide to load it with Linux instead).
Details here -- warning very long link may break:
I have successfully run UIview, APRSpoint, MapPoint, Precision Mapping 8.1, and
Delorme TopoUSA 8 on the direct predecessor of this unit successfully. I also
also used it, connected to a TH-D7AG with a USB<-->serial dongle,as a temporary
igate via it's built-in WiFi very successfully.
The chassis of this unit uses the typical laptop-style 19 VDC input from a
mini-sized 30W brick. An oversized lighter-plug adapter with a 12-->19 VDC
up-converter inside is available for mobile operations. My earlier unit,
branded as an Acer ZG5, drew a measured 1.5A at 12 VDC on the input side.
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
EchoLink Node: WA8LMF or 14400 [Think bottom of the 2M band]
Home Page: http://wa8lmf.net
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