[aprssig] Universal APRS messaging
Gregory A. Carter
gcarter at openaprs.net
Tue Oct 21 18:35:40 CDT 2008
It should be noted that www.openaprs.net has had full messaging support for
about two months now. Just signup for an account (which is free), messaging
is under the Tools window which is accessed from the right icon bar.
OpenAPRS supports REPLY-ACKs, gives you a nice chat style interface and
includes a "Friends List" that will display when OpenAPRS has detected one
of your friends sending APRS messages to let you know when they are online.
On Tue, Oct 21, 2008 at 3:55 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> As a followup... Please review this web page and spread the
> We need all radio amateurs to understand that APRS can be the
> single universal contact and call-up mechanism anytime-anywhere!
> Based on good feedback from cellphone and Iphone code writers, I
> have attempted to summarize the capabilities on this web page:
> If you know of any other capabilites not included there, please
> let me know. We must get all of HAM radio to understand that
> the universal contact mechanism for all hams everywhere can be
> APRS! Bob, Wb4APR
> > We have a golden opportunity for
> > new programmers in APRS...
> > Since 9-11 and the Katrina situation,
> > a primary motivation for APRS has been
> > to make sure that Amateur Radio operators
> > can always find each other, in place,
> > time, and frequency and establish
> > communications. This must be a fundamental
> > and universal mission of APRS.
> > Now that we are making progress on the
> > frequency aspect with the many initiatives
> > of the www.aprs.org/localinfo.html project,
> > and the www.aprs.org/aprstt.html project
> > bringing in all radios, now it is time to
> > move on to the final stage which is making
> > sure that we can communicate callsign-to-
> > callsign using any and ALL devices and mechanisms.
> > This means, palm devices, PC,s, notebooks,
> > Iphones, everything.
> > ... now I would like to collect a directory
> > of such applications and put the links on
> > the www.aprs.org web page.
> > Help me build this list:
> > LIST OF APRS APPLICATIONS FOR UNIVERSAL APRS MESSAGING:
> > PC's, Macs - Run numerous native APRS client applications
> > APRS>Email - WU2Z engine handles all APRS to EMAIL
> > Email>APRS - This nut has not been fully cracked
> > WinLINK - Handles bidirectional email
> > PalmPilot - Pocket APRS (no longer supported?)
> > OLPC - APRS-xo by Jack Zielke
> > Wince's - APRSce...
> > Iphone -
> > IM -
> > TextMsging-
> > Etc... -
> > The goal is to be able to send and receive
> > (small) amateur radio APRS text messages
> > anywhere in the world by callsign alone.
> > This is a big project, because it will be
> > hard to provide the security concenrs we
> > all share over th epotential for abuse...
> > But we do need to be working on it!
> > My motivation comes from the simple fact
> > that as ham radio operators, we must be
> > able to establish communications using
> > whatever tools we have available, and cell
> > phones and text messaging are everywhere.
> > My motivation comes from my weekend trip
> > to Monterrey Mexico where I gave an APRS
> > presentation to their IEEE attended by
> > about 100 students from many technical
> > universities. They all had cellphones
> > and wanted to know why APRS could not be
> > used to communicate with them?
> > Duh... Good question. We need more
> > people in ham radio working on these
> > projects...
> > Thanks
> > Bob, Wb4APR
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