Seems as though most hams either really love APRS
or couldn't care less. To me, it's one of those things that I've played with
here and there (for the novelty), but don't use on a regular basis. Short
attention span I guess. In a nutshell, APRS is a protocol and a system
for identifying geographic position information (and other data) via a
Emergency organizations (ARES/RACES), search an
rescue teams, parade organizers, and Fox Hunts are just a few examples of
ham radio activities that can be enhanced through APRS. Certainly, most of
this apps require ham radio operators to be VERY mobile so PocketPC PDAs fit
the task quite well.
To setup a full APRS station, you simply need:
A packet station (TNC/2m transceiver)
A terminal of some sort (in this case, your PDA)
Optional add-ons such as a GPS receiver
Once your packet station is properly running, you are ready to test APRS. Connect to the local APRS node, and away you
The next step, is to download the APRSCE package from
Installation and setup couldn't be easier as Rob, KZ5RW, has done an excellent
job with this (still beta) utility.
APRSCE is smart enough to find the maps in several
directories (/My Documents/ for example), so copy the maps to your PDA and use
the Map->Refresh Map List command in APRSCE. Enter the rest of the setup
parameters and start APRS'ing.