Last Weeks Talk on APRS

Photo showing members of Maltby and District Amateur Radio Society enjoying a talk on APRSLast week we had an excellent talk “An Introduction to APRS”. We were shown a simple option to start using a Smartphone then moving up to options using a TNC or Soundcard and Radio.

We also looked at the different software available for Windows and Linux.

A couple of practical demonstrations were given using a Wouxun handheld with a Mobilinkd TNC and an Anytone 878.

APRS in summary:

Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is a digital communication protocol widely used by amateur radio operators for real-time tactical communication, tracking, and data exchange. Developed by Bob Bruninga, APRS utilizes packet radio technology to transmit information such as GPS location, weather data, messages, and telemetry over amateur radio frequencies.

The primary function of APRS is to provide a means for tracking the location and status of objects, including vehicles, weather stations, and individuals, using GPS-enabled devices. This location data is broadcasted periodically, allowing other APRS users to visualize the movement and positions of tracked objects on maps, typically displayed on computers or specialized APRS-enabled devices.

APRS also serves as a platform for exchanging messages between operators, providing a simple and efficient means of communication, especially in areas with limited or no cellular coverage. Additionally, it can relay emergency alerts and weather warnings, enhancing situational awareness for users.

One of the key features of APRS is its integration with the internet through gateways known as “digipeaters” and “gateways,” or “Igates”, which enable APRS data to be uploaded to online servers for global tracking and access via websites and mapping software.

Overall, APRS facilitates real-time communication, tracking, and data exchange among amateur radio operators, offering a versatile tool for various applications, including emergency response, outdoor activities, public events, and scientific research. Its simplicity, reliability, and integration with GPS technology make it a valuable asset within the amateur radio community.



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