[aprssig] Txt messaging

Ray Rischpater kf6gpe at gmail.com
Thu Aug 31 17:39:22 EDT 2017

This works very well with APRSdroid on Android and Bluetooth to a Mobilinkd
or a Kenwood TH-D74A. You can even use Android's text to speech to dictate
short messages as well. I've used it frequently when driving on my commute,
because there's no cell service for half of it, either to other APRS users
or through SMSGTE to my wife (which K2DCD also mentioned).

73 de KF6GPE

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> Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:28:44 -0500
> From: chiefsfan2 at cox.net
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> Subject: [aprssig] Txt messaging
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> I seen a post the other day asking "has ham radio missed out on the
> texting craze" which got me wondering how we could take more advantage of
> txt in ham radio especially in the aprs world. Txt has been pretty much
> limited to a station with a computer or one of the aprs equipped radio.
> Texting with one of the aprs ready radios is clunky at best with the built
> in keyboard. So I was thinking that if it was possible to interface a smart
> phone via Bluetooth to a radio and a ham txt app was written for such
> messaging on aprs would be as easy as texting over the cellular network
> which a lot of do everyday already. Just a quick search of the internet
> came up with small tnc's such as the tinytrak 4and it looked like it had a
> Bluetooth adapter available? Any radio could be made into a aprs txt radio
> and with the digipeater function in the tinytrak a mesh network could be
> established with other mobile stations at a special event or with igate's
> on the aprs network. Or you could set at home and
> txt others via your radio and smartphone. There maybe other technicalities
> I'm missing but it sounds like a inexpensive way to start. You could also
> attach this to any band radio, 6m, 220 ect for more flexibility. I know
> there is a aprs app for android I think that does this but it maybe more
> aimed at position reporting where my thought are more towards messaging. We
> have a pretty decent igate network where this would work well and maybe it
> would increase the use of texting on our ham network.
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