Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KO4JKO, Jun 17, 2021.
Hello All...What do you like about APRS?
That is a good reason.
It can work without the Internet, and send messages outside your normal range
K8XG Thanks for clarifying the no need for wifi. I wondered about that.
It's a useful tool that is capable of tracking and basic messaging to communicate. Added capability is achieved with the addition of igates to send email from the radio to a web enabled device and to send sms text messages to any phone via SMSGATE and receive SMS texts back to your radio.
Internet adds extra things like messages to Cell Phones and Email; but the main thing for me is Radio to Radio messaging works without internet and Igates [Internet gates] needing to run. Also if you want to message a Cell phone or email, you don't need internet, just need to be in range of an IGATE.
If none local, you can use JS8Call to send APRS messages over HF
I can keep track of the YL when she's out and about. YL is also a ham. Seriously though, it's a safety thing for us.
We live in a very rural area and she drives on a lot of remote roads. There are some nicely equipped iGates connected to very high antennas in neighboring towns. I've had her spotted in some heavily forested areas by stations at 60-80 miles distant.
I have a Yaesu FTM-400xdr and I watch the decodes of APRS from time to time but, don't really know or understand what it is used for except "Hello this is where I am" type of beacons.
I think, my limited understanding of it, goes way back to the beginning of APRS or packet radio and my limited understanding of it, never advanced beyond that.
So, for me its an oddity and a niche part of ham radio.
Do you use often?