[aprssig] iPhone APRS app?

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Wed Oct 11 13:09:57 CDT 2017

The event coordinators are well versed in using APRS to full advantage 
during their events.  All returning volunteers are also fully versed in 
both tracking and watching for APRS objects when being dispatched to a 
particular location.  I'd really rather not muddy the waters with 
yet-another-location tracking app for the same reason that I originally 
nixed aprs.fi's non-APRS app.

Thanks for the response though.  Could be useful for family events 
though, especially if it works on both Android and iPhone?

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32 (and 
soon Android)

On 10/11/2017 2:05 PM, Amir Findling wrote:
> Have a good look at the Maprika app,  both for iOS and Android.  It is 
> not APRS, but I  believe worth a consideration.
> You can easily grab your even map,  georeference it (relatively easy)  
> and then make that map accessible to all.  Now everybody has the same 
> event map,  with their own GPS location on it.  That location can be 
> shared among friends,  thus net control and all others invited in can 
> see the positions.
> Should a mishap happen between checkpoints,  the crew can drive to the 
> location and now command has the exact location of the mishap,  and 
> that may often be a question whose answer that is difficult to obtain 
> from the field.
> I would not try to get that ready for an event this weekend, but 
> perhaps give it a try between just a couple of stations to assess its 
> usefulness to you.
> The learning curve is acceptable IMO.
> I  have not yet tried it in any of the events I planned this year,  
> but may very well do it in the coming year,  with a bit of training 
> for our public service hams.
> It is network dependent,  uses data sparingly (if you download the 
> maps ahead of time).  It will not work in our Ironman 70.3 event,  as 
> we are truly in the boonies. It is just another tool in the toolbox.
> -- 
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> On Oct 11, 2017 13:43, "Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)" 
> <ldeffenb at homeside.to <mailto:ldeffenb at homeside.to>> wrote:
>     Actually, I should have mentioned that APRS-IS is sufficient, just
>     not restricted to the aprs.fi <http://aprs.fi> web site.
>     And yes, I have a FreedomPop phone with APRSISMO running on it
>     that I can also drop into someone's vehicle for the event.  I'm
>     just looking to increase the APRS penetration in our club as well
>     as meeting the need for this event.
>     The really hard part is the op that has a Blackberry 10.  It's
>     sort-of Android, but requires special application builds and
>     signing to install anything on it.
>     Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE/32/MO (the latter is my
>     up-and-coming Android client that includes TH-D74 Bluetooth
>     connectivity).
>     PS. http://tinyurl.com/Get-APRSISMO <http://tinyurl.com/Get-APRSISMO>
>     On 10/11/2017 1:14 PM, Michael Barnes wrote:
>>     I know you said you were interested in iPhones, however, just a
>>     suggestion for your consideration. Android phones and tablets can
>>     be had quite cheaply. Cell service is not required. You don't
>>     even need a SIM card. Then you can run apps like APRSDroid and
>>     interface your device with your radio. This has the plus of
>>     freeing up your smartphone for other purposes including emergency
>>     calls and taking pictures of the event.
>>     Just a thought.
>>     Michael WA7SKG
>>         On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 8:04 PM Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr)
>>         <ldeffenb at homeside.to <mailto:ldeffenb at homeside.to>> wrote:
>>             There's an bike event coming up this weekend and a few
>>             members of our
>>             local club are volunteering support for the first time,
>>             but they've
>>             never done APRS and only have iPhones.  Can anyone
>>             provide me with
>>             pointers to what's available on that platform?  I've
>>             already ruled out
>>             the aprs.fi <http://aprs.fi> app because net control will
>>             only be using local APRS
>>             clients, not the aprs.fi <http://aprs.fi> web site.
>>             Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Winbdows
>>             Mobile and Win32
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