I have heard that it is possible to connect certain flip-phones to external devices via their Micro USB port and, through the USB port, send the NMEA location Data from their internal GPS to an external device.

I am wondering if it would be possible to use a GPS and Micro USB equipped flip-phone in this way to receive the GPS NMEA location data for an APRS station.

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    $\begingroup$ Was there a particular phone you had heard of that had this feature? $\endgroup$
    – Paul V
    Dec 26 '14 at 4:23
  • $\begingroup$ @PaulV the Kyocera Dura XT: kyoceramobile.com/duraxt/#specs $\endgroup$
    – W8AWT
    Dec 26 '14 at 15:24
  • $\begingroup$ Any modern Android device is capable of doing this. It's called an OTG cable. $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '14 at 3:12
  • $\begingroup$ @PearsonArtPhoto Even pushing the NMEA GPS output to another device through the OTG cable? $\endgroup$
    – W8AWT
    Dec 29 '14 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ It would likely require the right program running on the device... $\endgroup$ Dec 29 '14 at 20:52

This question was answered in part at Stack Overflow for an Android device. As they are getting to be quite inexpensive, I assume it will work for your needs. Here are some parts to your solution:

  1. Use an OTG cable to connect your phone to your other device.
  2. The phone needs to run a program called "ShareGPS ", which will communicate the location over USB.

Feel free to look at the question to see a solution for TCP/IP, Bluetooth, etc.


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