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  • 17 Nov 2014 10:33 AM
    Reply # 3152880 on 3630319
    Jim Biram (Administrator)

    Since I use an Android tablet for my navigation, I also run APRSDroid on it.  It took awhile to get it set up with a downloaded map, but it does a good job.  I connect it with a Bluetooth TNC by Mobilinkd.  The software does the work and shares the gps location that is also used for my Backcountry Navigator software for the navigation.  I can switch back and forth between apps.  I know there are other devices made just for APRS use, and I've seen one over at Ham Radio Outlet, but it's a little pricey. 

    Moved reply from Offroad Vehicles: 27 Jun 2017 9:49 PM
  • 18 Nov 2014 6:18 PM
    Reply # 3153943 on 3630319
    Anonymous
    Jim Biram wrote:

    Since I use an Android tablet for my navigation, I also run APRSDroid on it.  It took awhile to get it set up with a downloaded map, but it does a good job.  I connect it with a Bluetooth TNC by Mobilinkd.  The software does the work and shares the gps location that is also used for my Backcountry Navigator software for the navigation.  I can switch back and forth between apps.  I know there are other devices made just for APRS use, and I've seen one over at Ham Radio Outlet, but it's a little pricey. 


    Jim,

    I had someone hand me a 500T, so I'm going with a full blown Windows 8 setup.  I'm going to load APRSIS32 and Dire Wolf on it so it will monitor (receive only) APRS traffic.  The Blazer still has the Garmin Nuvi 350 setup for transmitting APRS data, but the 500T will give me much better visibility and mapping capabilities (hopefully).  And, since it has one USB port, I got a USB GPSr to send the NMEA packets to the tablet.   I don't think I'll have it totally up and running by go-time (going to pace you Friday @0600), so maybe I'll pack it along in case there is any down time.

    Should be a hoot!

    -Ed- 

    Moved reply from Offroad Vehicles: 27 Jun 2017 9:53 PM
  • 12 Nov 2015 8:15 AM
    Message # 3630319
    Chris Doering (Administrator)

    Many people have been asking me what kind of GPS system I run inside the truck.

    I am currently using a first generation iPad with a blue tooth GPS on the dash. The iPad is mounted on an old, oversized Ram mount I used to use when I ran the laptop in the Jeep (long time ago).

    When I place caches I simply use a Magellan handheld Triton.

  • 13 Nov 2015 11:28 AM
    Reply # 3632489 on 3630319
    Jim Biram (Administrator)

    The Ipads do work well, but for an alternative, the Android based tablets also have some good navigation apps available, too.  I use a Samsung Tab 7 ( I wish I had a Tab 8) with Backcountry Navigator and an external Dual XGPS150 Bluetooth gps receiver.  Quite often, the internal GPS in tablets isn't as accurate or sensitive as an external receiver. 

  • 13 Dec 2015 4:01 PM
    Reply # 3696987 on 3630319

    I run an iPad 4 (wifi only) with the Dual 150 gps.  The apps I use are Motion X and Gaia. With those two apps you won't miss a road or a trail.  I download the topo map of the area of operation prior to the operation.

  • 15 Sep 2017 7:55 AM
    Reply # 5262256 on 3630319
    Chris Doering (Administrator)

    I've had intermittant trouble with my Ipad 1 and the Bluetooth GPS running GAIA. But the trouble has only been very intermittant. All in all the old setup is very reliable for the amount of use over the years. I guess about 8 years at least.

  • 16 Sep 2017 3:31 AM
    Reply # 5263387 on 3630319
    Jim Biram (Administrator)

    The most recent version of Backcountry Navigator for Android now interfaces with APRSDroid, which I can interface with my radio to display APRS on the same Topo map displayed.  It works pretty well so that I now have mobile APRS display without changing apps.

    Also, Backcountry Navigator is running a special Kickstarter campaign to produce a cross platform version, which will be available for IOS, Windows, Android, with even more options.  Link to Kickstarter

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