[aprssig] Generic Smartphone APRS aps!

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Mon Jan 24 23:28:12 EST 2011

My publicly stated direction is whenever I am unable to buy a new or 
used Windows Mobile 5 or 6 phone (Windows Phone 7 doesn't count), then 
the Android port will begin.  Not until then.

However, if there's an Andoid developer out there with too much time on 
his/her hands, you're welcome to mirror everything you can find in 
APRSISCE/32!  But read Julian's article 
(http://tinyurl.com/G4ILO-Advice) before you start!

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

Eric Lorenz K9LGE wrote:
> Hi Lynn:
> Your program sounds great. Any chance that there will be an Android 
> version in the future? :-)
> Thanks,
> Eric K9LGE
> On 01/24/2011 09:35 PM, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
>> First, there is no such thing as a "Generic SmartPhone" platform.  
>> Every phone O/S has a different development environment, language, 
>> licensing, and distribution model.  Even a "web application" may or 
>> may not work on any given SmartPhone browser...
>> And these recommendations ignore the RF aspect of APRS!  Just because 
>> it's a SmartPhone, doesn't mean that Internet access will always be 
>> available.
>> APRSISCE/32 already runs on Windows Mobile SmartPhones (as well as 
>> Windows desktops)
>> Includes an offline-capable mapping interface using cached 
>> OpenStreetMap.org maps
>> Supports connections to numerous TNCs the most handy method of which 
>> is via a Bluetooth to serial link attached to your TNC/radio so that 
>> your phone can connect on demand.
>> And when you DO happen to have mobile Internet, you can be a mobile 
>> IGate, bi-directional if you know you won't be interfering in the 
>> local infrastructure.
>> So, your advice is well intentioned, and focuses on one set of 
>> priorities and necessities (like messaging IMHO), but let's not leave 
>> the RF out of Ham radio, even if it is running on a phone.
>> <snip>
>> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

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