Been doing lots of exploring and experimenting and wanted to post up alittle of what I've learned in case anyone is interested...
$10 GPS flight recorder/computer:
picked up a $10 android 4.4.? tracfone: https://www.kroger.com/topic/tracfone-l ... timus-fuel
(king soupers)- if you already have an android, you can use it instead, but for $10, i can throw this in my deck, or pocket, no worries, no fancy protective case, or anything silly.
Download FLYME app: http://xcglobe.com/flyme/
great easy app. will use your phones barometer if you have one, else just GPS. I'm using it mostly for tracklog recordings thus far: has auto start and stop recordings of your gps tracklogs in igc format and can set to email automatically or even automatically upload to Leonardo. I also have mine set to automatically email my gps cords to my wife when I land for piece of mind- kind of a cheaper but limited SPOT type feature. I ordered an S3 ($90 on Freedompop right now, includes FREE 200minutes, 300txt, and 500MB data on sprint) and am testing that out, but haven't got it to play nice with FlyMe yet for unknown reason. Another option for barometric sensor I've considered is the blueflyvario, which will talk to FlyMe over bluetooth, giving a very sensitive vario together; but I haven't tried this yet. Blueflyvario also has very inexpensive audio only vario for less than $100: http://www.blueflyvario.com/
Lastly, another perk on the $10 android mentioned above: i never activated it or anything, so I'm not using it as a cell phone. However, I downloaded an app called Talkatone (http://www.talkatone.com/
) which works pretty well for FREE Calls and TXT, unlimited, over WIFI- as I said, this phone doesn't even have a service connected to it at all. Talkatone gives you a real US phone number as well so you can receive incoming calls and texts.
I've talked to a few others who have experimented with some of this stuff more than me, like Rick and Dean, but I wanted to post up as its some info that would have been very helpful, in particular, when I was starting out and there's just a huge amount of stuff to learn and read about and lots to sift through, so hopefully this is helpful to some. Also, a brand new android for $10 was a shock to me- last time I shopped- probably a year ago now- androids bottomed out at maybe $100. Still shocked what you can get for $10 now... wow...
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