[aprssig] What is APRS, really?

Randy Hall aa6rh at socorad.io
Thu Oct 22 22:29:37 EDT 2020

I've used Bob's general idea as follows:

"Imagine you're a new ham, or a ham that drives in from out of town. What
are some of the things that ham might want to know about the area and what
ham radio resources might be available?"

THAT is the promise of APRS. Not just position reports on where you are
located, but that you're at a radio and listening on a frequency. That is
what a ham (whether newly minted on their first APRS-capable radio, or a
wizened OM just rolling in from out of town) might want to know. That's
what should be beaconed over RF as they arrive or turn on their radio.

If nobody else is doing it, why not you?



On Thu, Oct 22, 2020 at 3:09 PM Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:

> Someone asked me for a quick summary of APRS and I had no answer.
> There is so much written it is a tidal wave not just a firehose.
> But I did point him to this page which I wrote years ago as a summary
> of what most people simply overlook in APRS.
> http://aprs.org/APRS-tactical.html
> It is a good thing to revnew now and the.  Speaking of firehoses.
> I just counted and I have about 450 web pages of info on APRS
> and now energy choices that even I cannot remember most of them.
> I once had a site map, but it has not been updated in a decade and only
> points to only 104 pages of the 450 pages.  Maybe I need to find the time
> to update it.
> http://aprs.org/sitemap.html
> Sorry
> If you find anything that is totally obsolete, please let me  know.
> Bob, WB4APR
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