April 2024 presentation – 10 Years of APRS Projects

In this video, Dallas Clements (K7DCC) reviews practical applications for APRS, reviews the many projects from his 10 years of experimenting with creating APRS stations, and potential new projects on the horizon.

Recorded during the WCARES.org monthly meeting in April, 2024

Give your data port equipped mobile inexpensive APRS functionality

Back in September, I came across a great write-up on how a gentleman out west by the name of Kristoffer Smith used a Mobilinkd TNC, APRSDroid, and the data port on their Kenwood TM-V71A to add full APRS functionality to their mobile rig. With Harpeth River Ride quickly approaching, I thought I’d share that article. Imagine having the functionality of a Kenwood D-710 with AvMap GPS for the price of a normal mobile rig, a $60 TNC, and your Android smartphone or tablet from a few years back that was otherwise gathering dust somewhere.



NWS Radar and APRS in Google Earth

Today I was thinking about how great it would be if I could overlay National Weather Service alerts, radar, and APRS objects on top of Google Earth. After searching to find out if this is possible, I quickly found this great article from a fellow ham. I’m sure it will be of interest to many of you. Enjoy!





Below you’ll see a screenshot I took over Williamson County on the morning of July 22, 2015 as a storm is rolling through. You can see here that I was able to query the weather stations that are in our area to track rainfall levels, pressure, temperature, and wind speeds. If I needed information from people on the ground, I could look for mobile stations transmitting in the area and call them on the frequency that they listed in their APRS position report.

APRS and NWS in Williamson County Google Earth

Dallas Clements



APRS How-to Videos and Presentations

For the July 18, 2015 WCARES Chew and Chat, I put together several how-tos involving APRS. If you missed them, I’ve got them all listed below:


Receive APRS Messages for Unread Winlink Messages

If you use Winlink, this is a killer application of APRS. If you’re like me, you check in with Winlink once a week. Imagine driving in your car and your APRS rig alerted you mid week to the fact that you have unread Winlink messages waiting on you. As some of you know, you can send a message to WLNK-1 to find this out and even read those messages. However, this method requires no user interaction after the initial setup and will check your box every day you’re on APRS.

Send a Winlink Message through APRS

This brief video shows licensed amateur radio operators how to send Winlink messages through APRS. While this functionality is being demonstrated on a Yaesu FTM-400DR, any APRS rig capable of sending messages can perform this task.

I’ve clipped the periods between acknowledgements for time. Acknowledgements can vary from a few seconds to several minutes based on numerous factors. Your distance to the nearest RX/TX IGate is number one followed by network congestion.

Emails and Texts through APRS

This PowerPoint presentation covers just about all the ways you can send or receive emails or cell phone network texts through APRS.

Managing Winlink Via APRS

In my first two videos, you learned how to interact with Winlink through APRS. This PowerPoint presentation teaches you the rest of the functions available through APRSLink, the bridge between Winlink and APRS. While this was originally a PowerPoint, I converted it to a video in order to host it on YouTube. Size limitations on this site prevent me from uploading the original slides. Be prepared to hit pause if the slides advance too quickly.

Budget APRS Mapping Solution and Portable Battery Box

This is one of several “homemade” APRS rigs that I cobbled together over the last year. Since filming this several months back, I’ve moved on to an integrated rig for mobile APRS use (the Yaesu FTM-400DR), but I still use this battery box setup as part of an APRS base station for field work. In its current configuration, the smartphone has been swapped out for an inexpensive Windows 8.1 tablet (a Micro Center Winbook) running APRSISCE/32. With this full featured APRS client, I’m able to establish beacons for objects or events reported on the voice nets, assign tactical calls to objects (SAG 1, etc), Digipeat, and IGate as necessary. I will likely do a video on this newer setup down the line.


This page was created July 17, 2015. If you have any questions, I can be reached at my callsign @arrl.net.

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Dallas Clements