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[aprssig] (Ab)Use of APRS for telemetry? Anyone doing it?

scott at opentrac.org scott at opentrac.org
Mon Dec 6 01:43:30 UTC 2004

I've found that a lot of my OpenTracker users are using it for ad hoc
telemetry, sending back temperature and/or voltage readings.  It sends them
as plain text in the comment, though, not in telemetry format.

I think the APRS telemetry system is a bit too 'heavy' for most simple
systems to implement.  The OpenTRAC protocol tries to address that, but
there's a lot of progress to be made.  I hope to have something ready to
demo in that department by next year's DCC.


-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of James Washer
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 1:53 PM
To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
Subject: [aprssig] (Ab)Use of APRS for telemetry? Anyone doing it?

I see the the APRS spec talks about telemetry via APRS, and I was just
wondering it anyone was using this feature. Yes, I realize that posits and
WX can be considered telemetry, but I'm talking about other uses of

Like sending data back from remote sensors, or controlling stuff ( garage
door, gate, lights, water pumps, cat feeder, etc)

Anyone doing anything like this? If so, let me know.

 - jim

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