[aprssig] Generic Smartphone APRS aps!

Aaron Wolfe aaron at aaronwolfe.com
Mon Jan 24 23:40:12 EST 2011

In the meantime there is quite a bit of ham software available for
Android.  APRSDroid, https://github.com/ge0rg/aprsdroid/wiki/  is a
nice aprs app that is getting better all the time.

As a fellow programmer, I agree that http://tinyurl.com/G4ILO-Advice
is good advice to anyone thinking about writing any software, the
complaints he has apply to anyone writing free software, ham or
otherwise.  The phrase "no good deed goes unpunished" is proven almost
every time I open my email :)

On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)
<ldeffenb at homeside.to> wrote:
> 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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