[aprssig] Open Source/Commercial Use acceptable APRS Alternative?

Gregg Wonderly gregg at wonderly.org
Wed Aug 16 20:55:17 EDT 2023

What happened is that Bob Bruninga came out pretty strongly against OpenTrac because of the Kenwood support in radios and software that already existed.  The friction and conflict in discussion pretty much became a good enough barrier to progress that public discussion disappeared/stopped.

With M-17 rolling out, and its ability to provide an out of band digital data stream, OpenTrac would be a good fit for adding structured data into the transmissions there.

Gregg Wondetly

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> On Aug 13, 2023, at 3:33 PM, wa7skg <wa7skg at wa7skg.com> wrote:
> I'd be concerned that nothing appears to have been done with OpenTrac in almost 20 years. Technology moves a lot faster than that. Pretty much everything that OpenTrac originally addressed has long since been incorporated into modern APRS clients and protocols.
> I'd be interested to see what applications currently are supporting 20 year old software.
> Michael WA7SKG
> Gregg Wonderly wrote on 8/13/23 10:11 AM:
>> We really need to open the door to investigation of OpenTrac.  It provides some much more consumable structure that avoids the append this string in this format “design” principals that make APRS difficult to create parsers for.
>> You’ll find OpenTrac (http://opentrac.org/) support already in some popular trackers!
>> Gregg Wonderly
>> W5GGW
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