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September 10, 2014

APRS – Automatic Packet Reporting System on a Raspberry Pi

at 11:15 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets


If you need to keep track of the location of some things like your car or your service workers you can sign up for a service that uses cell phones and GPS or you can use the APRS which stands for Automatic Packet Reporting System. Jim Whiteside demonstrates how he is using a Raspberry Pi to gather data, decode it and plot it on a map. Since the service can also send text messages I am wondering if this might be an interesting way to send some small amounts of data occasionally from one location in a city to a base location. Something like high water alarms and temperatures a few times an hour. I am not a ham operator so I am not sure if this would be frowned upon as a use of the system though.

If you are looking to get some additional information on APRS you should have a look at the videos below. If you like reading text tapr.org also has a great resource.




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2 Responses to “APRS – Automatic Packet Reporting System on a Raspberry Pi”

  1. Chris Says:

    As long as the data you are transmitting is “non commercial” it’s fair game for something like this. Temperatures and water levels are absolutely within scope, and APRS actually is used for fixed weather stations all the time.

    What wouldn’t be cool is “Get $5 off a McDouble with coupon code DIABETES” or anything that could even be remotely construed as “commercial traffic.” That’s verboten.

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the info.

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