[mdmars_members] Re: deployment equipment list

  • From: "Shane J. Wolfe" <shanewolfe@xxxxxxx>
  • To: mdmars_members@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 14:52:05 -0400

I agree.  

There are a few things to consider when using a laptop for field use.  There 
are lots of ruggedized machines out there, but they are super expensive.  

I picked up an inexpensive "Netbook" a few months ago and have been using it 
with my 897D out in the field.  I have to use a USB to serial adapter to 
control the radio or use a TNC, but it has worked great.  The computer is VERY 
portable and runs off of 12v (from the factory, no less).  The unit I have uses 
a solid state drive, so it is less apt to fail from being jostled around.  The 
only problem I have is that the display and the keyboard are smaller than 
typical, so it can be a bit tough to type quickly on.  I think the tradeoffs in 
keyboard and screen size are worth looking at though when you consider the 
power consumption compared to something much larger...


On Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 11:09AM, <pudgeforrester@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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