[aprssig] Android HUD Development

Tim N9PUZ tim.n9puz at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 08:58:03 EDT 2011

I may be in the minority here but I would like to see an application 
that works with a radio that is focused on good tactical messaging.

I don't need a new feature added every week. I don't want something that 
isn't actively developed. I don't care if it can be an iGate. I don't 
care if the application talks directly to the Internet or the APRS 
servers. I'd like to be able to load all the maps I want ahead of time 
just by specifying a State and County.

It'd be nice to have a series of messages logged to a file so you had a 
"paper trail" of what transpired that was easily parse-able (XML?)

Personally I think a tablet or laptop/netbook version would be much more 
useful than a smart phone version unless I can plug my TNC/radio into 
the smart phone.


On 6/5/2011 7:24 PM, Rud Merriam wrote:
> I am thinking of working on an Android based APRS HUD. Originally it
> will be for phones but later be put on tablets. I know there are a
> couple of other Android APRS's. I think a focus on messaging HUD is a
> different approach. I haven't myself seen any HUDs or displays on APRS
> capable radios so am asking for advice and suggestions. My approach is
> to keep it simple and functional.
> I have looked at Bob's web page about messaging and HUD.
> My first thoughts are not to do a moving map display, at least not on
> the cell phone version, since that is readily available with Google Maps
> and GPS navigators. The question is whether having a map with nearby
> APRS units is sufficiently important to include a map capability on a
> tablet version.
> Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
> --
> - 73 -
> *Rud Merriam K5RUD
> Emergency Coordinator
> /Montgomery County ARES® <http://www.wa5eoc.org/> /
> * /Mystic Lake Software <http://mysticlakesoftware.com/>

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