[aprssig] Yet Another APRS Client is now available...

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 24 21:58:48 CST 2012

You don't have to sign up for a Yahoo mail account. Any e-mail account on any e-mail hosting service can be subscribed to a Yahoo discussion group.

However, if you don't trust the privacy of Yahoo's marketing department :-), you can e-mail me direct with your questions and bug reports. Of course, is Hotmail any better? :-)

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO

Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2012 22:52:49 -0500
From: skyssx at gmail.com
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Yet Another APRS Client is now available...

Interesting. I'll download and try it out, but i'm not signing up for Yahoo.--Eric Hansen KC8IUR

On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:49 PM, Andrew P. <andrewemt at hotmail.com> wrote:

Greetings, all.

After weeks of waiting for the lawyers at my day-job employer to finish with the red tape, I now legally own my APRS program, so I can give it out now.

YAAC ("Yet Another APRS Client") is an APRS client application intended for PC's, MacOSX, and Linux (and possibly some other platforms). It provides all the basic functionality one would expect from an APRS client, including interfacing both to TNCs/GPSs and to the Tier 2 APRS-IS servers, and has standalone mapping built in (no Internet connection required for map displays) that is pannable and zoomable without a separate mapping program. It supports multiple simultaneously-connected TNCs and digipeating.

Other features include:
map display modesortable tabular reporting of all heard stations, objects, and raw messages
4 different ways of looking at messagessupport for the New-N digipeating paradigm with standard aliases built-in and regional aliases user-enterable

9 different ways of filtering message traffic to isolate specific dataautomatic timestamped logging of both received and transmitted messages
a plugin architecture allowing drop-in extensions
built on top of other open source products, such as OpenStreetMap, rxtx, and JavaHelpcompatible with any KISS or TNC2-compliant TNC, including the built-in TNCs in Kenwood radiosdesigned for plug-in I18N localized prompts and display messages

I plan on releasing YAAC as open-source (yes, you will be able to see and modify the source code) under the Lesser Gnu Public License as soon as I've resolved any major issues reported by the alpha-testers (hint, hint). In the meantime, the alpha-testers will receive ready-to-run binary distributions while I fix any reported bugs, finish writing the online help, and bring the source code into full compliance with the LGPL.

So, anyone who would like to help get this ready for prime-time usage, please sign up on the Yahoo group yaac-alpha-testers (targeted at supporting the alpha-test effort) and visit my website to get the alpha-test distribution and instructions.


(No, that's not a bogus URL; I'm piggybacking off the amateur theater website [another Java application] I also wrote and run.)

Thanks in advance for your help. Bug reports and suggestions for improvements and enhancements welcome.

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
professional software engineer, amateur radio operator and thespian

> From: andrewemt at hotmail.com
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 20:20:31 +0000

> Subject: [aprssig] How to get new software evaluated???
> Greetings, all (especially WB4APR).
> As promised, I have a first (very early) cut of my new APRS application (currently code-named YAAC, for "Yet Another APRS Client" :-) waiting to be pounded on by experts in the field. It is not ready for full release quite yet (still have some source code clean-up and a few missing sub-features to add), but I would like to know if I'm doing the right thing or have majorly stumbled down the wrong path in my development efforts.

> So, I'd be interested in having Bob (and any others in the core of APRS development who are interested and have the time) take a whack at using my app, and tell me where I need to improve and/or correct it before I let it out to the general public.

> How is this sort of thing done here? I'm not ready to hand out source code yet (the innards aren't stable enough to have others tinker yet), but I can easily ship a zip file that unpacks a runnable distribution. 

> Known working platforms are Windows XP (NTFS filesystems only, for some weird reason) and Fedora Core Linux (releases 13 and 15, with a hack needed on 15). It should work on any 32-bit Windows or Linux distro with Java installed, and theoretically should work on MacOSX too. It can listen to APRS-IS servers, and both receive and transmit through KISS (or KISSable by TNC2 command) TNC's, and listen to Kenwood radios in APRS mode (Kenwood firmware doesn't seem to allow transmitting APRS from the radio and a computer simultanously). It also works with NMEA 0183-compliant GPS receivers (not yet with gpsd in the way). App configuration is done inside the app with a configuration GUI; no need to hand-edit config files.

> So, how do I get some initial alpha-test field feedback?
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
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