Here’s the list of software applications I run on the laptop:
Gpsgate: This application allows multiple programs to share one GPS. I can run MS Streets and Trips, UI-View, VisualGPSXP, Netstumbler and TOPO! all using one GPS with this program. I use the NEMA logging facility to generate tracks from my travels.
VisualGPSXP: A software console for the GPS.
TOPO!: Provides detailed topographic maps. Great for planning trips. Plus many of the 4×4 trails are marked.
MS Streets and Trips: The latest version has voice prompts for driving directions.
Satscape: A satellite tracking program. I use this to be notified of when certain Ham Radio satellites are in range for long distance communications.
Netstumbler: Mapping of detected WiFi Access Points.
CCleaner: Clean up temporary files and many other items in Windows. A real life saver.
AVG AntiVirus: Gotta have it.
List of various hardware for the laptop:
RAM POD III: A very nice laptop mounting system. I modified it slightly. I didn’t use the little "fingers" to hold down the laptop. They interfered with opening and closing the laptop. I removed them and used Velcro.
Sprint EVDO: For high speed Internet access while on the road.
Wilson Electronics antenna: For the Sprint EVDO card. Gives a big improvement in reception.
Senao NL-2511 CD+ EXT2: A high power 802.11b WiFi card for use with Netstumbler and wireless Internet.
COMET 7.4dBi gain WiFi antenna: 2.4GHz antenna for the Senao NL-2511 CD+ EXT2 WiFi laptop card.
Keyspan USB Serial Adaptor: I needed an additional serial ports on the laptop. One for the GPS and the other for Amateur Radio gear.