[aprssig] Universal APRS messaging

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Sun Oct 19 19:47:10 EDT 2008

I've been loath to mention more than hints at it, but I've got an 
APRS-IS client running for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 specifically tested on 
the AT&T Tilt.  It has been used on a SmartPhone (Motorolo Q, I 
believe), but the configuration file must be manually edited because it 
doesn't have a backspace key.

I would be willing to provide beta versions of this client to hams that 
already have an APRS-IS validation code and have been recently tracked 
via aprs.fi or findu.com (I'll check).  I do not have ANY formal 
documentation, but have been running this client as KJ4ERJ-12 for the 
past 2-3 months with no ill effects.

This is an APRS-IS-only solution and has not yet been gated to RF 
anywhere to my knowledge.

Please contact me off-list if you are interested and please provide both 
your callsign and the Windows Mobile platform that you plan to run the 
client on.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE - Tracking as KJ4ERJ-12

Robert Bruninga 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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