[aprssig] APRSpro iOS app

Scott Miller scott at opentrac.org
Fri Apr 8 10:08:08 EDT 2016

Yeah, and they're also not supporting standard Wi-Fi Direct. Bluetooth 
Low Energy is not so restricted, though.  Maybe we need a KISS-over-BLE 


On 4/7/2016 4:51 PM, Eric Grumling via aprssig wrote:
> Not gonna happen on a non-jailbroken iOS device. Apple’s Bluetooth 
> implementation specifically omits serial port profile (SPP). In 
> addition, any device manufacturer would need to join the Made for 
> Apple (MFI) program, which gets pricy and isn’t going to be suitable 
> for small scale products. The primary driver for MFI is so that they 
> can have sample devices to test in a similar way they test software 
> for the App Store.
> One thing I have done that mostly works is set up a Raspberry Pi 
> running Direwolf sound modem and aprsc. I got 90% of the way there, 
> but had issues getting aprsc running properly, and it fell off the 
> radar. But the plan was to create a WiFi access point for the iOS 
> device to connect to, get Pocket Packet to connect to the aprsc server 
> running on the Pi and allow all traffic to “gate” to and from the iOS 
> device(s). Keeping everything off the Internet of course. Maps would 
> still be an issue, but I was more interested in beacons, messages and 
> bulletins than seeing a map.
> The best solution I’ve found is to buy an old Android phone running 
> APRSDroid or cheap Windows tablet running APRSICE. Use a Pi and 
> Direwolf in the configuration listed above but connect to Direwolf 
> using KISS over IP. Works great and you can do offline maps, messaging 
> etc. And you save the battery in your iOS device.
> 73
> Eric
>> *From: *Jason KG4WSV <kg4wsv at gmail.com <mailto:kg4wsv at gmail.com>>
>> *Subject: **Re: [aprssig] APRSpro iOS app*
>> *Date: *April 7, 2016 at 5:08:08 AM MDT
>> *To: *"wa4tkg at netzero.net <mailto:wa4tkg at netzero.net>" 
>> <wa4tkg at netzero.net <mailto:wa4tkg at netzero.net>>, TAPR APRS Mailing 
>> List <aprssig at tapr.org <mailto:aprssig at tapr.org>>
>> -Jason
>>> On Apr 7, 2016, at 1:11 AM, wa4tkg--- via aprssig <aprssig at tapr.org 
>>> <mailto:aprssig at tapr.org>> wrote:
>>> Don't think I'm going to pay $20 to get it to transmit either.
>> $12.  That's per year. Yet another one you rent, not buy.
>> I don't understand why someone doesn't use Bluetooth / BLE to 
>> interface a real TNC. As many radios as iThings have you'd think 
>> there would be a wireless solution.
>> Online mapping is always a deal breaker for me.
>> -Jason
>> kg4wsv
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