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Re: [tracker2] Re: Consumer "GPS tracker and PTT Microphone for FRS/GMRS" from GiSTEQ?

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  • Scott Miller
    When I inquired about it some time back, the Pryme mic (with no screen or anything) was over $500/unit, and the base station was something like $4,000. I
    Message 1 of 9 , Sep 25, 2008
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      When I inquired about it some time back, the Pryme mic (with no screen
      or anything) was over $500/unit, and the base station was something like
      $4,000. I suspect they're going to want to maintain their vendor lock-in.

      Scott

      ve7mdt wrote:
      >
      >
      > I also read it on the GPSpassion website and forum. I sent an email
      > inquiring about APRS etc from the address provided by GiSTeQ website
      > and so far have not heard from them. I guess they are not interested
      > in selling this to hams, but rather to land mobile or consumer users.
      >
      > It looks quite nice, has a professional look from the picture.
      >
      > David
      > VE7MDT
      >
      > --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com <mailto:tracker2%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > "Garrett Sloan" <spam1@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > From the patents it looks like the Mic/GPS was originally invented by
      > > Henry Liou, whos the president of Pryme Radio Products in Brea,
      > > California. They have the device listed on their site as the EZTraQ-
      > > V. Looks like it supports USB as well, and the nav button can act as
      > > a mouse, and it supports USB upgrading of its firmware. Also seems to
      > > support NEMA data output as well they list:
      > > PC Software for parameters setting, read GIS and log data, support
      > > different formats like Google Earth KMZ, GPX up to 40 types of
      > > navigating software.
      > > So if its data format could be identified, perhaps it could function
      > > as a simple APRS display device if hooked to a OT2, kinda like the
      > > Garmins.
      > >
      > > Garrett
      > > VE6RKY
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com <mailto:tracker2%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > Scott Miller <scott@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I did a mockup with an old Radio Shack speaker mic. The biggest
      > > problem
      > > > is power - you need a battery in there, and that's probably going
      > > to
      > > > mean a custom mic housing. I was hoping to be able to get empty
      > > > housings from Pryme, but no luck so far.
      > > >
      > > > If I can find out who makes this one with the display, I'll find
      > > out if
      > > > it can be hacked.
      > > >
      > > > Scott
      > > >
      > > > Lyle Tanner wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > This is such an elegant solution. Any chance we'll see an APRS
      > > > > compatible version of this hardware or something similar from
      > > Argent
      > > > > Data Systems anytime soon?
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In tracker2@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:tracker2%40yahoogroups.com> <mailto:tracker2%
      > > 40yahoogroups.com>,
      > > > > Scott Miller <scott@> wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Looks identical to the Infinity GPS-MIC 1:
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > http://www.infinitygear.com/index.cfm?
      > <http://www.infinitygear.com/index.cfm?>
      > > fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=593
      > > > > <http://www.infinitygear.com/index.cfm?
      > <http://www.infinitygear.com/index.cfm?>
      > > fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=593>
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I guarantee Infinity's not manufacturing that thing, and I
      > > would be
      > > > > very
      > > > > > surprised if GiSTEQ is. Wish I was going to the shows in Hong
      > > Kong
      > > > > > again this year, I'd keep an eye out for it. Maybe in April.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Garmin got a waiver, and IIRC the FCC eventually changed the
      > > rules so
      > > > > > that anyone can do the same.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Scott
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Lyle Tanner wrote:
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > I was reading through my normal daily tech news when I ran
      > > across a
      > > > > > > consumer grade "GPS tracker and PTT Microphone for
      > > FRS/GMRS". Has
      > > > > > > anyone seen this? Any idea on protocol or adaptation for Ham?
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php
      > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php>
      > > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php>>
      > > > > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php
      > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php>
      > > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php
      > <http://www.gisteq.com/Explorer.php>>>
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580
      > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580>
      > > > > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580
      > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580>>
      > > > > > > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?
      > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?>
      > > TOPIC_ID=117580
      > > > > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580
      > <http://www.gpspassion.com/FORUMSEN/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117580>>>
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > I seem to recall that Garmin had to get special permission
      > > from the
      > > > > > > FCC do produce the Rino as sending data over FRS was against
      > > the
      > > > > > > rules. Wonder if these guys have done the same.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
      >
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