Alright everyone, version one is posted, you’ll find the link at the bottom of this post (yes I want you to read the whole thing first.)
V 1.0 is available for OTA (Over-the-air) install from this site only. There is no App World yet because I didn’t really think it’s solid enough and ready for that quite yet.
- Emit your position
- At a fixed rate of once every 45 seconds
- Require your APRS password
- …persist data at all. This means that for the time being, you will have to re-enter your APRS password every time. Sorry, but I spent my day working around the fact that J2ME (the native language of blackberry) doesn’t support floating point operations in the language (you have to use a completely separate API).
- … have extremely good accuracy. Again, because of the lack of floating point. I’ve read that in API release 5, RIM has included a better Math API but I’m not sure how much that’s going to affect compatibility as of yet.
How to use it
It’s really simple, just run the app, put your callsign and password in, and press “Save & Start.”
Ok, now to something that isn’t quite so obvious. To get the application to run in the background just press the red “hang up” button. To actually quit the application hit the “back” button (officially named the “escape” button). This will prompt you with a dialog that says “Bye bye.” Once you see that dialog, that’s your hint to remind you that the program will no longer send out packets.
I promised everyone SOMETHING, and everyone’s getting SOMETHING .
Please note this is an extremely fresh release BETA. While I’m not expecting too many problems with the stability of the program itself, I’m SURE there’s going to be some issues with the data that it transmits (like if you’re not in the northern and western hemispheres, it might freak out). I will continue working on this and making it better, so stay tuned to the list for updates.
Point your mobile browser to http://aprsbb.bluearray.net/current to get the fresh release of APRSBB.