[aprssig] APRS -- Automatic PACKET vs POSITION Reporting System

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Sep 3 09:19:09 EDT 2010

It was originally PACKET.  Then innexpensive GPS started coming
out in the early 1990's and for a while I started refering to
POSITION, since that seemed to be a very popular application of
APRS and I wanted to take advantage of that popularity.  Then
all the TRACKER manufacturers got into high gear and turned APRS
into a one-way Vehicle Tracking system. And that is all that the
resto of ham radio was seeing..  

As that very narrow view began to steamroll APRS into a pretty
stagnant one-way-tracking-to-internet dead-end, around 2004 or
so,  I began emphasizing APRS back to its original design
objectives of an information resource and two-way communications
system for ham radio.  A single clearinghouse channel for
EVERYTHING going on in ham radio in the local area.

So I agree.  I sent feedback to the VEC and suggested Automatic
Packet Reporting System as the proper terminology.  Especially
since this is a question for general ham radio operators and we
do not want to missrepresent APRS as a one-way AVLS system.


> > "Has anyone else noticed in the new tech pool questions is 
> the following?
> >
> > T8D02 (A)
> > What does the term APRS mean?
> > A. Automatic Position Reporting System
> > B. Associated Public Radio Station
> > C. Auto Planning Radio Set-up
> > D. Advanced Polar Radio System
> >
> >
> > PACKET is not one of the answers......
> >
> >
> > Alan - W0SY
> >
> >
> Send feedback to NCVEC
> http://www.ncvec.org/feedback.php
> Brian, AG4BC
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