November 2019 Club Meeting - APRS

Friday, November 15, 2019

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Handy Man Corner

Presented By Tom, W8TK


All About APRS -- Automatic Packet Reporting System

Presented by

Marnee Dearman, KG7SIO


APRS stands for Automatic Packet Reporting System. It is a digital-mode packet-radio protocol. Basically this means that you transmit encoded data and it sounds like scratchy modem-noises.

APRS is often thought of that system where you can transmit your GPS coordinates and you'll show up on a map. While this is true, and often how APRS is used, there are many, many more possibilities. So many that it gave me an idea for an APRS software application, which took me down the rabbit hole of everything APRS and amateur packet radio.

I will cover everything I learned along the way of developing my own APRS software application, and how anyone, even non-programmers, can get involved in the project.


Marnee, KG7SIO, is a member of the OVARC board of directors, and the website manager.