[aprssig] APRS on Android

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Wed Jan 26 02:27:17 EST 2011

Ah, ok.  Yes, this does help.  It makes me even more puzzled why it is so difficult to do 2-way messaging in random places (even though the local APRS traffic is strong), if bi-directional messaging is considered routine.

But, to the point of the discussion, it also makes me less interested in participating.  To do so would feel like we're turning our priorities upside down.  Instead of the primary environment being RF and the -IS system being an accessory of useful services, we're putting the IS at the center of things and making the RF-linked thing the accessory.  At some point, why bother with the RF thing at all?  Add a few more services and a game or two, and you've turned IS into Facebook.  (Sorry, slight exaggeration to make the point...)

We're supposed to be doing things in the RF space that can't be done through commercial services.  Sitting on the beach by an out-of-the-way lighthouse-turned-Bed&Breakfast on the Northern California coast and sending an APRS->email message to our daughter that we arrived safely but have no phone service (*).  Having a real-time, multi-client shared tactical view of a community or emergency event, and sharing it with the rest of the world.  That sort of stuff.  If you want to beacon as if you have a radio, why not do it with a radio?

Greg  KO6TH

(*) Point Cabrillo Light Station, California State Historic Park; August, 2008.  Highly recommended.

Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 08:02:56 -0600
From: k9lge at emlorenz.com
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Subject: Re: [aprssig] APRS on Android


    Message body
    Actually, maybe I wasn't clear after all..what I am looking for is
    to be able to use my APRSDroid app for beaconing, and to be seen in
    the local APRS environment just the same as those using RF, via RF.
    So, anyone viewing APRS via RF on a map would see me (via reverse
    IS-to RF igating) along with anyone else out there...locally to
    where I am. Anyone else who is not local to where *I* am can just go
    on aprs.fi and see my path/position.


    Example...I am in Madison, WI- I want my beacons to be seen by
    anyone watching APRS via RF as if I was beaconing directly via


    Is that any clearer?


    Eric K9LGE


    On 01/25/2011 02:52 AM, Stephen H. Smith wrote:



      NOTHING!    This isn't about MESSAGING -- that happens routinely
      and automatically if the RF station involved has been heard
      recently and locally to your igate.   


      The "arrangements" referred to are to forward POSITION reports
      (i.e. normal beacons) heard on the Internet data stream from
      distant locations back to RF a.k.a. "reverse gating".    For
      example, one might do this to allow the posits and status beacons
      from a local that is out of town on a cross-country trip (and is
      hitting igates three states away) to be seen on RF by the
      stay-at-home locals.  


Eric Lorenz K9LGE
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