[aprssig] What is APRS, really? USA Coverage?

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Oct 23 13:04:48 EDT 2020

> Apples and oranges sorta.  The APRS (thin line) map is just a plot of
> actual position reports actually on the highways, not of "coverage",.  Just
> widening each dot by 30 miles would still not be a "coverage" map?

> We need the overlapping plot of the PHG circles of all digipeaters.

I bet Lynn could do that.


>    [Go to Google Images and try "cell phone coverage maps" to get an idea
> of just how much cell coverage has blossomed,... Then contrast that with
> the thinner APRS coverage map at Bob's aprs.org site. That map was 2008
> and I can't help but think it's even skimpier now that APRS has shrunk.]
> This is not to say APRS is not underutilized along with most other forms
> of amateur radio, but I'd rather leave the discussion of the reasons that
> is to others. The concept of APRS is a very, very powerful system. As Bob
> has been saying for how many years, it just needs to be thought of as
> something more than just location tracking.
>    [Really, it is just location tracking despite the many other uses that
> Bob has thought of that aren't really used. Think Voice Alert, roadside
> traffic counting etc ...]
> I loved it but its time has passed. Look at the traffic volume trend on
> this group, for instance.
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