The Automated Packet Reporting Service
is a digital real time communications system to share tactical
information and messages. The most common activity in APRS is to plot
the location of moving objects using GPS information, but APRS can also
be used for short messaging, weather station telemetry, announcements,
and displaying objects on a map. One of the most useful features is the
ability to send and receive SMS text messages and text only email via
the APRS network.
APRS Software and Information
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data.
APRS has been developed since the late 1980s by Bob Bruninga, call sign WB4APR, currently a senior research engineer at the United States Naval Academy. He still maintains the main APRS Web site.