Packet on a Palmtop Computer

Packet on a Palmtop Computer

Post by Radimu » Sun, 26 Apr 1998 04:00:00

I am seeking advice on how I might use my Sharp Zaurus ZR5800 as a VHF/UHF
packet terminal.  The Zaurus has an RS232 compaitble serial port and a
terminal emulator program the can handle TTY and VT100 emulations.  I don't
know very much about TNC's.  Would it be possible to use a TNC or Baypac
modem with the terminal emulator in my Zaurus?  Thanks for you time.

Conrad Weiser
N3XNV

 
 
 

Packet on a Palmtop Computer

Post by Kf4f » Sun, 26 Apr 1998 04:00:00


Check in QST around a year ago, there was an article in which someone had a
mobile packet station using a palm top.

Brian, kf4frp

 
 
 

Packet on a Palmtop Computer

Post by Neuralmanc » Mon, 27 Apr 1998 04:00:00


Quote:>Check in QST around a year ago, there was an article in which someone had a
>mobile packet station using a palm top.

>Brian, kf4frp

Perhaps this is another good use for a PalmPilot.  To my knowledge the
3Com/USR PalmPilot does not have a conventional, PC like, serial port.
How would a TNC/GPS combination be interfaced to the PalmPilot? I do
not presently own a PalmPilot, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy one for
such a setup for mobile APRS.

Lee
KG9NC

 
 
 

Packet on a Palmtop Computer

Post by Ric » Mon, 27 Apr 1998 04:00:00


>Perhaps this is another good use for a PalmPilot.  To my knowledge the
>3Com/USR PalmPilot does not have a conventional, PC like, serial port.
>How would a TNC/GPS combination be interfaced to the PalmPilot? I do
>not presently own a PalmPilot, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy one for
>such a setup for mobile APRS.

   My wife just got a Palm III.  There is a DB-9 serial port adapter available
for the Palmpilot ( At an ungodly price, of course, but I've yet to be able
to find a connector that will work with the PalmPilot so that I can
hack my own. )  

   There is also software available to upload and download tracks, routes,
waypoints, etc. from a Garmin GPS to/from the palmpilot.  You could
easily adapt it for use to capture APRS data and to handle APRS
broadcasts.

   Personally, I would go for a used HP-200xl for a portable packet station.
The keyboard is MUCH quicker to use than the Graffiti software used on the
Palm, and the HP had the added advantage of being able to run lots of DOS
software.

- Rich

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