Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's New in APRS - Sept 2013

What's new in APRS - here's a quick list as of September, 2013.

  • Robust Packet APRS on HF with the SCS Tracker TNC
  • Improved sound card packet decoding and bad bit correction with:
    • Dier Wolf
    • UZ7HO modems
  • APRSISCE new features
    • shrieks
  • APRSC IS server
  • APRX (http://wiki.ham.fi/Aprx.en) digipeater and IGate.  It runs on the Rpi just fine and does the viscous digipeating for fill-ins.  It doesn't have quite the path munging capabilities of DIGINED yet, but it appears to be heading that direction.  APRX also runs great on OpenWRT boxes.  APRX is even in the OpenWRT package feeds if you don't feel like compiling it. (ZPO)
  • Viscous digipeating for fill-in digipeaters
  • Beta build #26 of YAAC (Yet Another APRS Client)
  • Release 1.2.3 of APRSDroid - new features and bug fixes - ttps://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.aprsdroid.app
  • Cut Bank, MT has a fill in digipeater  (YEAH!!!!!) - http://map.findu.com/w7dpk
  • A new version of the Kenwood D710, the D710g, has been announced. It will have a built in GPS.
  • APRStt seems to be evolving - http://aprs.org/aprstt.html
  • Dedicated TNC (http://www.tnc-x.com/TNCPi.htm)  for the Raspberry PI (N8GNJ)
  • Dedicated digipeaters for the TNC-X.. Not so new but interesting anyway.
    • http://tnc-x.com/XDigi.htm
    • http://www.usmartdigi.com/
  • Microsat WX3INI - http://www.rpc-electronics.com/microsat-wx3in1.php
  • YagTracker - http://www.rpc-electronics.com/yagtracker.php
  • BPQAPRS which now runs on Linux (Raspberry PI, etc), LINBPQ, and has a good start on a WEB GUI.  http://www.cantab.net/users/john.wiseman/Documents/InstallingLINBPQ.htm