[aprssig] Universal APRS messaging

Gregory A. Carter gcarter at openaprs.net
Sun Oct 19 16:31:42 EDT 2008

I've got an iPhone app in beta stages that I have every reason to believe
will be accept by Apples Store (it has several other non-ham features) that
will have full APRS messaging support through OpenAPRS's DCC interface.  It
will also enable iPhones to be tracked using their GPS through the internet
network to OpenAPRS's servers and out to APRS-IS.  Both systems follow
OpenAPRS's  license verification system.

I've also been trying to actively search for Blackberry developers to do the
same for those.

I expect to release the softwsre sometime in late November, I have to finish
messing with Kalman filters on the GPS side before it goes out.  Also have a
little debugging to do.



On Sun, Oct 19, 2008 at 10:11 AM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> We have a golden opportunity for new programmers in APRS...
> Since 9-11 and the Katrina situation, a primary motivation for
> APRS has been to make sure that Amateur Radio operators can
> always find each other, in place, time, and frequency and
> establish communications.  This must be a fundamental and
> universal mission of APRS.
> Now that we are making progress on the frequency aspect with the
> many initiatives of the www.aprs.org/localinfo.html project, and
> the www.aprs.org/aprstt.html project bringing in all radios, now
> it is time to move on to the final stage which is making sure
> that we can communicate callsign-to-callsign using any and ALL
> devices and mechanisms.
> This means, palm devices, PC,s, notebooks, Iphones, everything.
> I admit that I have not kept up with the many initiatives by
> many individuals in APRS to try to use these other devices for
> sending and receiving APRS messages, but now I would like to
> collect a directory of such applications and put the links on
> the www.aprs.org web page.  These do not need to be full-up APRS
> applications, but they should have a minimum APRS messaging
> capability.
> Help me build this list:
> PC's, Macs - Run numerous native APRS client applications
> APRS>Email - WU2Z engine handles all APRS to EMAIL
> Email>APRS - This nut has not been fully cracked
> WinLINK    - Handles bidirectional email
> PalmPilot - Pocket APRS (no longer supported?)
> OLPC      - APRS-xo by Jack Zielke
> Wince's   - APRSce...
> Iphone    -
> IM        -
> TextMsging-
> Etc...    -
> The goal is to be able to send and receive (small) amateur radio
> APRS text messages aywhere in the world by callsign alone.
> This is a big project, because it will be hard to provide the
> security concenrs we all share over th epotential for abuse...
> But we do need to be working on it!
> My motivation comes from the simple fact that as ham radio
> operators, we must be able to establishe communications using
> whatever tools we have available, and cell phones and text
> messaging are everywhere.
> My motivation comes from my weekend trip to Monterrey Mexico
> where I gave an APRS presentation to their IEEE attended by
> about 100 students from many technical universities.  They all
> had cellphones and wanted to know why APRS could not be used to
> communicate with them?
> Duh... Good question.  We need more people in ham radio working
> on these projects...
> Thanks
> Bob, Wb4APR
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