What happened to APRS?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by AC0GV, Aug 24, 2020.

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  1. AA5ET

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    I use it for road trips to let the XYL and friends know where I am.
     
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  2. N3EG

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    I still run APRS in two vehicles and at home. Also APRS Droid when I'm away. KPC3+ also has the benefit of vehicle voltage and temperature telemetry - and at home it monitors my solar power.

    Also, it never talks to me and gives me wrong directions...
     
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  3. N0NC

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  4. AA5ET

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    I noticed on a trip through the midwest a month ago that there wasn't much in the way of APRS, but as soon as I got back into the mountain west it came back. Not many hams left in the "flyover states" I guess. Or maybe they don't know what a TNC is.
     
  5. K0UO

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    I turned my Node repeater off, just last week.

    73 from,
    The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the daily
     
  6. K8XG

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    I see last heard 7-30-2021
     
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  7. N1ZZZ

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    Like any amateur radio system, it takes effort to maintain the infrastructure. That varies wildly by QTH. In NEPA we have a strong APRS infrastructure and it's fun to watch see what's going on.

    On HF it can be fun too. Many people got a big kick of tracking my ship around the world. It's just another aspect of the hobby to enjoy or ignore, depending on your preference.

    73
    Jeremy
     
  8. AC0GV

    AC0GV Ham Member QRZ Page

    DID YOU SAY FLYOVER STATES?? This past summer APRS seemed to have picked up again. My local club installed a system the summer after I started this thread.
    This picture is from my summer travels calender, the "Iowa" and "Wyoming" trips are maps with APRS and the "Kentucky" trip is the built in RV tracker. The Kentucky trip APRS map was to cluttered for my taste. 00IMG_3042cover.jpg
     
  9. KJ7OWD

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    I am a big fan of APRS. I spend a lot of time off grid and its a nice augmentation to my inReach. I am not worried about the police seeing my speed data. Check out my speed data on this... https://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=8&ts=1636775475&te=1636948275&call=a/KJ7OWD-7

    Think the fuzz is going to cite me fore doing 532mph?

    Normally I don't speed though so again it's not a big deal. Big brother has all of my data anyways. But when I am in the sticks its nice to check in without blowing though all of my inReach messages. I found more and more of my 4wd buddies getting into it and its pretty helpful.


    -M
    73!
     
  10. W0WL

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    Whenever I turn on my radio, in my vehicle, I send out a “CQ” testing the APRS Voice Alert System. I have only received a reply once, and that ham was shocked that anyone else was using it. It is a very useful tool, especially in the event of an emergency. I am surprised no one uses it. A second preprogrammed channel with same frequency and the CTCSS set to 100. Your voice is heard on all radios set to APRS.
     

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