Introduction To APRS
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. The power of APRS is its ability to geocode objects and display that information in a meaningful way using mapping technology. So it’s an excellent technology to use for tracking assets: like checkpoints or runners in a marathon, or storm spotters for a SKYWARN activation.