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[aprssig] aprssig Digest, Vol 55, Issue 24

scott laughlin n7net at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 21 16:13:23 UTC 2009


APRS has evolved into something greater than that which jimlux points out.

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--- On Wed, 1/21/09, jimlux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:

> From: jimlux <jimlux at earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] aprssig Digest, Vol 55, Issue 24
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 9:14 AM
> It  wasn't/isn't "Positiion" reporting.  
> The original usage was:
> 
>       Automatic PACKET Reporting System
> 
> 
> Interesting..
> 
> Of course, the ARRL book by Stan WA1LOU is titled:
> APRS -- Moving Hams on Radio and the Internet
> -- A Guide to the Automatic Position Reporting System
> 
> and ARRL's book by Steve Ford mentions:
> APRS – The Automatic Position Reporting System: Track
> moving objects on 
> maps (other stations, public service vehicles, marathon
> runners, etc.). 
> Connect your own GPS receiver and transmit your location
> even as you’re 
> moving!
> 
> And, APRS.net calls it position...
> 
> 
> Even Bob's "orignal aprs.txt" on the aprs.org
> website says
> AUTOMATIC PACKET/POSITION REPORTING SYSTEM (APRS)
> although that may be a bit of revisionism in action (since
> he revised it 
> in 2002)
> 
> The wayback machine shows that the earliest page it
> captured from 
> http://www.aprs.org/ is
> http://web.archive.org/web/19981212012612/http://aprs.org/
> 
> and it says "position"  (Although, that page
> isn't Bob's, like aprs.org 
> is today. It more resembles the aprs.net page..perhaps
> there was some 
> changing of domain ownership...)
> 
> But a more recent page
> http://web.archive.org/web/20051227080715/www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/aprs.html
> 
> (redirected from http://www.aprs.org/ in 2006)
> 
> Also says Automatic Position Reporting System.
> 
> 
> 
> As another has commented.. I think the horse is out of the
> barn there.. 
> APRS is now, and probably always will be, perceived as
> primarily a 
> position reporting system.
> 
> Jim
> 
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