[aprssig] iPhone APRS app?

Amir Findling sarlabs at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 14:05:56 EDT 2017

Have a good look at the Maprika app,  both for iOS and Android.  It is not
APRS, but I  believe worth a consideration.

You can easily grab your even map,  georeference it (relatively easy)  and
then make that map accessible to all.  Now everybody has the same event
map,  with their own GPS location on it.  That location can be shared among
friends,  thus net control and all others invited in can see the positions.

Should a mishap happen between checkpoints,  the crew can drive to the
location and now command has the exact location of the mishap,  and that
may often be a question whose answer that is difficult to obtain from the

I would not try to get that ready for an event this weekend,  but perhaps
give it a try between just a couple of stations to assess its usefulness to

The learning curve is acceptable IMO.

I  have not yet tried it in any of the events I planned this year,  but may
very well do it in the coming year,  with a bit of training for our public
service hams.

It is network dependent,  uses data sparingly (if you download the maps
ahead of time).  It will not work in our Ironman 70.3 event,  as we are
truly in the boonies. It is just another tool in the toolbox.

73 de Amir K9CHP

ARRL, Emergency Coordinator, Onondaga County, NY
Liverpool Amateur Repeater Club www.W2CM.com
Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse  www.ragsclub.org
Wilderness SAR www.wsar.org (ret.)
Eagle Valley Search Dogs www.evdogs.org (ret.)

On Oct 11, 2017 13:43, "Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)" <ldeffenb at homeside.to>

> Actually, I should have mentioned that APRS-IS is sufficient, just not
> restricted to the aprs.fi web site.
> And yes, I have a FreedomPop phone with APRSISMO running on it that I can
> also drop into someone's vehicle for the event.  I'm just looking to
> increase the APRS penetration in our club as well as meeting the need for
> this event.
> The really hard part is the op that has a Blackberry 10.  It's sort-of
> Android, but requires special application builds and signing to install
> anything on it.
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE/32/MO (the latter is my
> up-and-coming Android client that includes TH-D74 Bluetooth connectivity).
> PS.  http://tinyurl.com/Get-APRSISMO
> On 10/11/2017 1:14 PM, Michael Barnes wrote:
> I know you said you were interested in iPhones, however, just a suggestion
> for your consideration. Android phones and tablets can be had quite
> cheaply. Cell service is not required. You don't even need a SIM card. Then
> you can run apps like APRSDroid and interface your device with your radio.
> This has the plus of freeing up your smartphone for other purposes
> including emergency calls and taking pictures of the event.
> Just a thought.
> Michael WA7SKG
> On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 8:04 PM Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) <
>> ldeffenb at homeside.to> wrote:
>>> There's an bike event coming up this weekend and a few members of our
>>> local club are volunteering support for the first time, but they've
>>> never done APRS and only have iPhones.  Can anyone provide me with
>>> pointers to what's available on that platform?  I've already ruled out
>>> the aprs.fi app because net control will only be using local APRS
>>> clients, not the aprs.fi web site.
>>> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Winbdows Mobile and Win32
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