highaltitude.log.20060402

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[11:29] <robhouse> hi
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[11:38] <robhouse> I've found a couple pieces of software that run on symbian smartphone like the nokia 3650 & 6630. They allow you to log GPS from a bluetooth receiver and periodically send co-ordinates via SMS.
[11:41] <robhouse> right, i've installed the demo's onto my phone. time to take a walk and so how good the software is.
[11:41] <robhouse> I'll report back later
[11:41] <robhouse> cya
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[18:29] <robhouse> hey
[18:30] <jcoxon> hey robhouse
[18:31] <robhouse> I found some software for symbian smartphones earlier that logs gps and can send co-ordinates via sms at set intevals
[18:31] <robhouse> I've tried out the demos of a couple and 1 app is quite good
[18:32] <jcoxon> oh cool
[18:32] <jcoxon> yeah i read what you said earlier
[18:32] <jcoxon> so you've got the tracking system down to a phone and the gps
[18:34] <robhouse> yeah
[18:35] <jcoxon> very cool
[18:35] <jcoxon> small i guess
[18:35] <jcoxon> and light weight
[18:35] <jcoxon> with own batteries
[18:37] <robhouse> its not too bad, I need to look at how long the battery will last in the phone
[18:37] <jcoxon> yeah
[18:43] <robhouse> you can get battery savers which connect into the charging socket, i might have to investigate those
[18:50] <robhouse> I can see myself doing a full payload now - phone, bluetooth gps and camera(s) on a timer.
[18:51] <jcoxon> :D excellent
[18:52] <robhouse> I was quite shocked earlier, when I took the first co-ordinate from the gps log on my phone and put it in google maps. It was spot on.
[18:52] <jcoxon> :-D
[18:52] <jcoxon> i like the simplicity of just the phone and gps
[18:53] <icez> cool stuff
[18:54] <robhouse> yeah, I think i'll get a cheap(er) bluetooth gps receiver off Ebay.
[18:54] <robhouse> I don't want to loose my nice 20 channel SIRF III one.
[18:54] <robhouse> *lose
[18:55] <jcoxon> oh yeah definitly
[18:56] <robhouse> there's a solar charging one, might have to put a bid on it.
[18:56] <icez> mmm, i don't know if it's any good, but i have these really small usb bluetooth adapters
[18:57] <icez> they have info there: https://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&RequestTimeout=500&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=244228&fcc_id='S4PBC03RUT-01'
[19:01] <robhouse> I just put a bid on that gps receiver and the auction is due to finish in a couple minutes...
[19:06] <jcoxon> robhouse, perhaps you'll beat phatmonkey to near space
[19:06] <jcoxon> hehe
[19:07] <robhouse> lol, I don't know about that, but I do have a 20 channel, solar charging, SIRF III based GPS receiver on my way from Hong Kong...
[19:07] <robhouse> *on the way
[19:07] <jcoxon> hehe
[19:07] <jcoxon> congratulations
[19:08] <robhouse> I've really got to stop the implulse buying :S
[19:08] <jcoxon> haha
[19:08] <robhouse> *impulse - can't type this evening
[19:09] <robhouse> Now to choose which one to put in the payload and which one to put in my car..
[19:11] <robhouse> It has a rated operating temperature of -10 to +70 which isn't too bad I suppose
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[19:30] <phatmonkey> hi all
[19:30] <jcoxon> hey
[19:32] <robhouse> hi
[19:36] <robhouse> brb, gotta power down and plug in another hard drive
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[19:47] <Professor> g'day all
[19:47] <jcoxon> hey Professor
[19:47] <jcoxon> haven't seen you around for a while
[19:48] <jcoxon> hows it going?
[19:48] <Professor> it's going man. How've you been?
[19:48] <jcoxon> good thanks
[19:48] <Professor> my local club finally mailed me back about my proposal to include the ham guys in my project
[19:48] <jcoxon> ooo
[19:48] <Professor> this guy Steve mailed me, suggested I contact this guy Danny and this other guy Mouser
[19:48] <Professor> turns out I did contact danny (old friend) and I live with mouser
[19:49] <jcoxon> lol
[19:49] <Professor> so now we're all on the same page, and eventually we'll get together
[19:49] <jcoxon> so whens the launch then :-p ?
[19:50] <Professor> dunno. I want to coordinate it with a friend visiting me
[19:50] <Professor> so I suppose that when he gets plane tickets, that will kinda more firmly set the date
[19:51] <Professor> I still haven't figured out what kind of camera to use. I decided to not use the gumstix this first time around.
[19:51] <Professor> I can code up a pic microcontroller to snap pics and activate the cut-down device
[19:51] <jcoxon> right
[19:51] <jcoxon> perhaps a good idea
[19:51] <Professor> I still need to machine the cut down device.
[19:51] <jcoxon> i'm still waiting for my gumstx
[19:51] <jcoxon> they are going to send me the new audiostix II when its finished
[19:51] <Professor> all i can say is to be very very careful about upgrading the OS :) don't overwrite the boot loader like I did
[19:51] <jcoxon> its got gps built on
[19:52] <Professor> oh, no kidding
[19:52] <jcoxon> oh this is the 3rd gumstix i've had
[19:52] <Professor> I built a little gps board out of a trimble OEM module
[19:52] <jcoxon> i've done everything with it
[19:52] <jcoxon> :d
[19:52] <jcoxon> :-D
[19:55] <Professor> is this new one going to have gps on an expansion board? or the cpu board?
[19:55] <jcoxon> expansion board
[19:55] <Professor> nice
[19:55] <jcoxon> right i have to go
[19:55] <jcoxon> will chat soon Professor
[19:55] <Professor> cool man. catch you next time
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