[aprssig] FW: When did APRS start ? (and First Football Run)

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Thu Jul 20 20:04:28 CDT 2017


Since we are past the 25th anniversary maybe we need to create the QC-APRS club! No straight keys on our logo ;-)

It'd be fun to see a list of callsigns that registered by year if you have it, to remember some of the early ops that are gone as well as verifying membership in QC-APRS. I'm guessing I was 93 or 94, since I remember being ecstatic when I saw Keith's beacon of MacAPRS 0.1 on HF, and that was 94 or 95 at the latest. Then in 96 I released javAPRS and 97 was the start of the APRS IS, things moved fast back then.

Steve


> On Jul 20, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Robert Bruninga <bruninga at usna.edu> wrote:
> 
> From: Boyd Prestwood K5YKG
> 
> APRS was first released in 1992 and you, Bob, called me when I lived in SNJ
> to assist with the Army-Navy football run in November, 1993. I lined up lots
> of stations to act as digis along the route from the Naval Academy, MD to
> Giants stadium in the Meadowlands, NNJ since JFK stadium in Philadelphia had
> been condemned.
> 
> We also used some HF. You congratulated us to get position reports back to
> the big screen at the Academy's mess hall so cadets could follow the action.
> You had some local QRM on VHF. We were all up most of the night and had a
> ball.  We coordinated on UHF repeaters up and down the NJ Turnpike. After it
> was all over, all those stations who acted as digis bombarded me with
> questions about how to get your software 'cause they wanted to see what was
> going on, not just act as digis.
> 
> I introduced APRS to the SNJ, NNJ, NYLI and EPA sections. At that time, my
> call was W2HOB and I was the SEC of the ARRL SNJ-ARES. It was a good run for
> 28 years. Now retired from NJ Bell/Bell Atlantic/Verizon, you will remember
> K5YKG living just outside the Houston, TX city limits!
> 
> 73 es fond memories de
> Boyd Prestwood, K5YKG
> 
> 
> On 7/20/2017 3:07 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>> Ah ha!  Thanks for remembering.  I guess the 1993 date was the first
>> use of APRS during the Marine Corps Marathon.
>> 
>> Bob
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Stan Horzepa [mailto:stanzepa at sbcglobal.net]
>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:16 PM
>> To: Robert Bruninga; russo at bogodyn.org; Fred Hillhouse
>> Cc: aprssig at tapr.org
>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] When did APRS start ?
>> 
>> The Teaneck, NJ conference was in 1992 (25 years ago this November).
>> 
>> You can look it up here: https://www.tapr.org/pub_cnc11.html
>> 
>> 
>> On 7/20/17 1:52 PM, Robert Bruninga wrote:
>>> Under the name APRS, it was 23 .7 years ago at the DCC presentation
>>> in TeaNeck NJ in Sept/oct time frame.  The concept of using a
>>> one-to-all connectionless packet mode for this kid of app dates back
>>> to around
>>> 1983 (or so?), when I used it on Comodore 64's and VIC-20's for
>>> tracking runners in the 100 mile endurance run and National Disaster
>>> Medical Exercise.  Bob
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf Of Tom
>>> Russo
>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:18 PM
>>> To: Fred Hillhouse
>>> Cc: aprssig at tapr.org
>>> Subject: Re: [aprssig] When did APRS start ?
>>> 
>>> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 01:11:21PM -0400, we recorded a
>>> bogon-computron collision of the <fmhillhouse at comcast.net> flavor,
>>> containing:
>>>> According to this site http://aprs.org/ it is in its 21st year. I'll
>>>> let you do the math since I did the rest.
>>> But that main page is not updated continuously.  So it was in its
>>> 21st year when that page was last updated.
>>> 
>>> Bob wrote up a history of APRS on his web site.  It can be found here:
>>> http://www.aprs.org/APRS-docs/ARTICLES.TXT
>>> 
>>> The answer is in there.
>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf Of Andrew
>>>> Rich
>>>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:57 PM
>>>> To: aprssig at tapr.org
>>>> Subject: [aprssig] When did APRS start ?
>>>> 
>>>> Guys what year did APRS start ?
>>>> 
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