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Author Topic: APRS Software question  (Read 12092 times)
KD6DCK
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« on: December 30, 2013, 05:03:12 AM »

I need an APRS application that does NOT use a map!  I am working in a mobile environement and my first attemt at Xastir while on the move proved rather difficult and dangerous.  My hope was to use the 7" display already installed in my dash to display APRS information.  Trying to display an entire desktop display on a monitor that small made the text unreadable and just too much information to attempt to comprehend in a compressed format.

If someone has a photo of Xastir running "full screen" and can post a picture I would appreciate it and would give it a second look

I would like to use Linux, but willing to use Windows or Android if the software will perform the task.  This is NOT just a beacon system, I want a complete 2-way messaging system. 

What other options are out there? 
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KF7CG
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 10:17:06 AM »

Built-in on the Yaesu FT1D. The radio even comes with a radio to computer adapter. You can message radio to radio if you don't mind a clunky input interface.

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K0JEG
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2014, 07:37:44 PM »


If someone has a photo of Xastir running "full screen" and can post a picture I would appreciate it and would give it a second look
 

Here's a screenshot of Xastir on my Mac:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8dALljET_kMQkthU1BwY0pYTjA/

That's on a 15" Macbook Pro, non Retina. You can see the buttons are very small and I think would be unreadable on a 7" display. That, along with most people having a difficult time getting decent off-line maps, would make it a deal breaker to me.

I've used APRS Droid (Android) for messaging using the APRS-IS interface and it performs very well. Now that they have options for Bluetooth TNCs and AFSK encode/decoding, it might do what you want. Downside is it uses Google maps, which come in over your cellular data. I know that Google maps has a way to download sections of maps for offline use, but I don't know if they carry over to APRS Droid and other applications.
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KC9ZGM
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2014, 10:28:16 AM »

aprsdroid has a downloadable map.
I don't know how good it is.
haven't tried at all.
http://aprsdroid.org/osm/
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KD6DCK
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2014, 09:30:12 PM »

I have looked at APRSdroid.  The limitations of Android are causing difficulty in the layout of my system.  I do not want to need an internet connection for any operation of this system - so all maps and interface need to be internal. 

Thanks for the replies. 
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K0GDI
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 06:47:42 PM »

Have you looked at APRSISMO?
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KD6DCK
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2014, 05:16:33 AM »

After much searching, I found an APRS application that may be what I have been looking for.

Here is a quick video of the applications in action.

http://youtu.be/HMsYk5gaoNs

And versions 2 has messaging and a different display interface

http://youtu.be/Pg-buSHbZVc

These run in Linux, and I am OK with that. 
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