[aprssig] APRN news from Dayton!

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun May 22 08:33:19 EDT 2011

Exciting news for the Automatic Picture Relay Network (APRSN).

Since the handheld SSTV/APRS camera transceiver from Kenwood has not been in production for years, there has not been much APRN growth.  But now at Dayton, ARGENT Data Systems (Maker of the APRS Opentracker2) has introduced a tiny golf-ball sized SSTV camera (outputs Robot mode).

Every APRS ham in emergency response should have such a camera for instant image reporting from the field.  For those not familiar, the way APRN works, is that you snap a picture, tune to the local APRN input frequency, then TX from your handheld, followed by your APRS radio's packet report which identifies who, what, when,where, why, etc about the picutre.

The APRN site, then catalogs the image using the APRS STATUS packet info so that all local response personnel can see it (as well as everyone else in the world!).

Please see WA8LMF's APRN site:

APRS, Kenwood, and APRN were years ahead of the cellphone camera, now we're back!

Bob, Wb4APR


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