[aprssig] Mobile APRS

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Tue Nov 26 22:15:38 EST 2019

I'm using YAAC + Direwolf on a Raspberry Pi 3B in my car.  I don't have
space for a 7 inch display anywhere I can see it (it's a sports car), so
I wired the Pi's VGA output into the in-dash AV / Nav unit where the
back-up camera goes, via a switch so I can pick either one.  A small USB
touch pad for navigation mounts flat on the center console, within easy

My display is kind of crude because of the VGA resolution, but it
works.  If you can use the 7-inch display via HDMI, you should have
plenty of real estate and resolution.  The small touch pad might still
be useful (instead of tapping on the display), because it can be hard to
use a touch display while driving unless it's Tesla-sized.  I tried a
5-inch display temporarily, and it was impossible to use.  The pad is
much easier.

Good luck!

Greg  KO6TH

wa7skg wrote:
> I'm thinking again about mobile APRS. I'll be using a Raspberry Pi
> with the TNC-Pi and 7 inch RPi touchscreen display. I had initially
> planned on using Xastir, but now that I have that running on my home
> station, I see it is not going to be practical for that small mobile
> screen. I want to be able to see other stations close to me and be
> able to do messaging. Any suggestions for good mobile APRS clients for
> Linux?
> tnx es 73,
> Michael WA7SKG
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