Richard and I have been busy over the last couple of weeks. He spent a day at the Belton Hamfest near Waco, Texas on October 3rd. The weekend before that, I spent a few days in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio Linux Fest. This is our first episode back from those events. I have a few hours of audio I need to sift through, but I managed to get a couple of clips from my interviews and commentary from OLF included in the second segment of this episode of the podcast. Because I had a visit from my parents and my brother and sister-in-law from New Hampshire, I haven't been able to get the podcast out in a timely manner. I suppose after 25 releases, I should probably stop apologizing for being late but I do like it when we release on time. Anyway, enjoy our interviews and Richard's discourse on APRS and Xastir, and stay tuned for a lot of great audio from our live endeavors coming up in future episodes. Thanks for downloading, and have a great couple of weeks.
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4 comments on “LHS Episode #025: APRS and Xastir”
Windows 7 launch party??? No thanks… I’ll go to an Ubuntu 9.10 release party instead. And I can do that every six months instead of every six years 🙂
APRS (automatic *packet* reporting system, not position reporting) has a lot more capability than merely seeing if your car is in the driveway. From http://www.aprs.org/
“APRS is not a vehicle tracking system. It is a two-way tactical real-time digital communications system between all assets in a network sharing information about everything going on in the local area. …”
Small comment guys, you don’t need Kernel AX.25 support in the kernel to use XASTIR like you did in KISS mode. You were talking directly to the TNC, no need for kernel AX.25 support for that.
Heh, I like the comment about watching the car in the driveway, however that’s not the whole story. We use it for emcomm events to keep everyone updated as to what’s going on using bulletins. It keeps the voice channel clear for more important traffic. Also we can (of course) see where people are and send them messages directly if required (or if the coverage of the data network is greater than the voice network)
We also have a few Weather stations which are using APRS to send the data out.
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