[aprssig] APRSdos maps (Roanoke Rapids)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Tue Feb 21 17:15:49 EST 2006

>>> <f4aro at voila.fr> 02/21/06 4:25 PM >>>
>At the beginning, APRS was for mobile station only 
>or it was for everyone ( Weather, digi , Clusters DX ) ??

In the beginning APRS was a tactical real-time
digital communications system allowing everyone
at an event or net to see everything.  Messages,
bulletins, etc without having to connect.  This
was in 1980's.  Then in 1992 we added maps and
position display and got our first cheap GPS in 1993.

So APRS is a communications system to ALL first.
Vehicle tracking, WX and DFing were all added to it when
we added maps.  They are all equally important.
Unfortunately,  some programs are more focused on the
maps and vehicle stuff.   That is not what APRS is primarily 
about.  It is about communicating anything and everything
briefly to everyone in range so that everyone is kept
up-to-date with current information.

That is why some programs do poorly at APRS messaging
and poorly at maintaining many objects on the map or
gloss over a lot of information the user needes to operate
efficiently in the net.

Bob, Wb4APR

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