[aprssig] What is APRS, really?

Gregg Wonderly gregg at wonderly.org
Mon Oct 26 14:03:56 EDT 2020

Ultimately, we should of moved to something more like OpenTrac a long time ago.  The kludgy pack construction and layered complexity of textual representations of things in APRS have continually made it to hard to write micro applications for simple data conveyance.

At least we should of started enforcing the use of the protocol number do that OpenTrac and APRS could work on the same network of digis.

At some point all the broken TNCs need to be replaced.  The fact that we don’t get regular software updates is telling. 

We need to focus on the evolution instead of the reuse of so much broken tech!

Gregg Wonderly

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> On Oct 25, 2020, at 9:12 PM, Earl Needham <earl.kd5xb at gmail.com> wrote:
> W7LUS?
> Earl
>>> On Sun, Oct 25, 2020, 4:31 PM Michael Barnes <barnmichael at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> (Snip)
>> Around 1999, I met a commercial OTR truck driver on 146.52 coming across New Mexico. We met up at a rest area and he showed me his APRS setup. He had a custom control head that showed his position and beacons from other APRS stations. It was a small box with a dot-matrix type display of about six lines. He had a set of status buttons that beaconed driving, out of truck, and a few other canned messages. It also had a small thermal printer that could print out messages. He said his wife (Technician licensee) could send him a message and it would bounce around through digipeaters and print out in his truck. He said he had it all hooked to a computer at home his wife could look at any time and see exactly where he was at.
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