[aprssig] GPS for D-700

Herb Gerhardt hgerhardt at wavecable.com
Thu Aug 30 16:03:39 EDT 2012

Now I don't have a fancy cell phone but I do have a 5" Samsung Galaxy Player which is basically the same as an android phone but without the phone capability.  Now what I would love to see is an APRS Android program that would use the internal GPS of the player and connect to my Kenwood radios via Bluetooth.  That way all I would need is a Bluetooth device form one of my Kenwoods (D7, D72 or D700).  As I understand it, the Bluetooth device is already available, so all I need is a working APRS software program that will run on an Android device.......

I do use my Samsung Galaxy Player right now with the BackCounty Navigator Pro Android GPS program which allows me to use the internal GPS with previously satellite maps without a need for an internet connection.  Really makes a nice backup for my Garmin 60CSx when I need some aerial maps while in the backcountry to get a better feel for the terrain.

So, I will be waiting with baited breath for someone to release such an APRS program.

Herb, KB7UVC
NW APRS Group, West Sound Coordinator
Our WEB Site:  http://www.nwaprs.info

> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf Of
> Georg Lukas
> Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:27 AM
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] GPS for D-700
> Hello,
> * Joel I.  Kandel <kandelj at bellsouth.net> [2012-08-30 15:41]:
> > My GARMIN V finally gave up the ghost. Any recommendations for a new GPS
> for APRS?
> If you have an Android phone, there will be soon a new operating mode for
> APRSdroid where you can use a bluetooth-serial adapter (e.g. BTM222) to
> connect to the GPS port of a D700/D710, so the Android device can be used as a
> GPS source and for map display.
> Currently, parsing of Kenwood PKWDWPL waypoints
> (http://www.kh-gps.de/wpl2kiss.htm) is implemented, sending of the current GPS
> position is still due. Of course, full APRS operation won't be possible on the
> Android in this mode.
> Early beta for download (set "Bluetooth TNC" mode for Kenwood):
> http://aprsdroid.org/download/builds/APRSdroid-gl-2012-08-29_kwd.apk
> Screenshots:
> http://op-co.de/tmp/kenwoodroid.png
> http://op-co.de/tmp/kenwoodroid2.png
> 73 from Germany,
> Georg DO1GL
> --
> APRSdroid - Open Source APRS Client for Android ++ http://aprsdroid.org/m
>      ++ https://market.android.com/details?id=org.aprsdroid.app ++

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