APRS was developed by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, as a real-time local tactical
communications system for rapidly exchanging digital data of immediate value to operations.
This really took off when GPS became available and MAPS were integrated into the
system for tactical situational awareness of everything in the net.



The above shot was APRSdos in the early 1990's.

I started out back in the 90's when APRS ran on a DOS system
I also made a lot of my own maps for the Findlay Area..
Not too many users on back then when it first can out.
I have gotten out of it for the past 15 years it was time to move on to other things,
But as of the first of the year (2009) I'm back into the APRS once again.
A lot has changed in 15 years and a lot to learn..
Now it is world wide linked by K4HG's global FINDU.COM internet links.
Also try using aprs.fi.. A lot of info here
The map below shows the approximate 20,000 users now on the air in the USA.
A screen shot of WinAPRS


Now onto my setup that I have now..
The radio is a Yaesu FT-2400 running at 50 watts,
and the TNC is a KPC-4 Dual Port
Antenna is a Cushcraft ARX2B Ringo Ranger at 50 feet
The Photo below is a shot of the Radio & TNC




I am running UI-View32 V2.03 software for my APRS Program
And the Maps are Precision Mapping V9 ( PMapServer9 )
Below are some screen shots..
Please note I have some filters turned on so there's a lot of stations that are not on the screen

My station is an IGATE that transmits stations heard on RF to the Internet.
And some from the Internet to RF

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My UI-View32 Web Server W8JES RF Digi & IGate Computer

My UI-View32 Web Server W8JES-1 TCPIP Computer

A Real Time look from Google Map tracking my Car below.
Zoom in/out - Drag left/right & up/down or click on the Satellite view.


A Real Time look from Google Map tracking my Motorcycle below.
Zoom in/out - Drag left/right & up/down or click on the Satellite view.



And My Car Setup is a Kenwood TM-D700A dual band 2/440 transceiver with built in TNC.
The GPS is a Deluo Universal GPS PRO SiRF Star III



The Remote Head On the Dash

The Main Unit Mounted in the Trunk
And the GPS on the dash


IGate/Digi W8JES
IGate relays RF stations to the internet,
Digi relays RF to RF via W8JES or WIDE1-1 50watts

Running
Network Analysis, UI-Store&Forward, UI-Info and
UI-View32 WebServer to see this computer

Home W8JES-1
My Home Station, Running UI-Weather & UI-Email Server
UI-View32 WebServer-1 to see this computer

Jogger W8JES-3

Motorcycle W8JES-7
My Harley Street Glide 80watts

Car W8JES-9
My Car D700 50watts

Internet W8JES-10

Truck W8JES-14
My Chevy Truck 20watts

INFO_KIOSK
Message ?INFO to W8JES for commands.
At W8JES I have setup an information kiosk for Findlay, Ohio Area.
Its simple to access, just sent ?INFO to W8JES and it will send you the menu back,
Query the Menu by using the Menu option and the details of that option will be sent back to you,
and an object will be sent, so you can see the bearing and the distance of that option as well.
I would welcome feedback on what type of content you would like in there. 
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STORE_FWR
Message ?SFINFO to W8JES for Help.
You can store APRS message(s) on this server which will
be sent when the target station sends a beacon. To use this
server send a message to W8JES In the text of the message
put a pound sign after the call sign then the msg example: TARGET#Hello Joe


MAIL_FOR
This will show the call sign(s) if anyone has mail stored on the server
messages will be deleted after they are forwarded..


My other APRS Toys


This is a portable APRS transmitter. The Mini-Trak is a complete. self-contained tracking
station including GPS, encoder, transmitter, battery pack, etc, all in a water-resistant Pelican case.
Power out put is 10 watts

The unit will run for about two days on a single set of 8 AA batteries, with the default two minute
transmission interval. The Mini-Trak has a built in voltage regulator, so that you can run it from external power.
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APRS Antenna On the Motorcycle



80 Watt Amp & The APRS Tracker on my Street Glide Motorcycle W8JES-7


Here are some APRS files you can download for my site.

32full203.exe - UI-View32 V2.03

pa7rhmsvr107.exe - An UIView32 mapserver based on the
MapTool principle of getting maps from the internet 

agwpe.zip - (AGW Packet Engine) Sound Card TNC for APRS & other modes

m0cyp_uiview_addon_pack_101.zip - A pack of Add-Ons for UIView32. (Click here to see the list)


WANT YOUR OWN APRS SETUP?

No Radio / No TNC
Setup your APRS via The Internet Learn How
{HERE}

73's John W8JES


Some of my other tracking...
ATCS Monitor Rail Roads

A screen shot of the program..
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And the Map of the Rail Roads

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RED = Trains
GREEN = Clear Track

Friday, January 27, 2012


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