[aprssig] What is APRS, really?

Peter Laws N5UWY n5uwy at arrl.net
Sat Oct 24 15:40:11 EDT 2020

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 9:23 AM Brett Friermood
<brett.friermood at gmail.com> wrote:
> Not even referencing other advantages or disadvantages, you're leaving out the part about cell phones not being a reliable form of communication across a fairly large part of the country and/or world. Outside of large cities and a mile or two off the interstates is a much different world than most of the population are acquainted to.

Not that it really has bearing on Amateur Radio in general or APRS in
particular ... but ... I participated in a meteorological research
program that took our field vehicles way out into the Middle Of
Nowhere, Kansas (well south of US40 and north of US400 near Colorado
and then through Colorado down to Amarillo at the end).  We used a
Cradlepoint device so we could use whatever cellular network was
convenient.  We never lost quality data service.

That was in 2009.

I can only imagine it's gotten better since.

Still don't see what that has to do with APRS, though.  I mean, I
guess you could relay APRS packets via your phone, but that's cheating
(D-STAR/YSF/DMR also cheat when they connect across the internet).

Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!

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