Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS™) (Formerly “Automatic Position Reporting System”) is an amateur radio based digital communication system for real-time exchange of digital information to users on the network. APRS was originally developed by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR more than 20 years ago. It has since evolved into a robust system of interconnected networks.

List of APRS applications available on GNU/Linux:

1. APRSD – aprsd is a server daemon that provides Internet gateway and client access to amateur radio APRS packet data.

2. APRSDigiAn advanced multi-interface APRS(tm) digipeater using Linux kernel AX.25 and IPv4 and IPv6 UDP.

3. XastirXastir is program for receiving and plotting APRS(tm) position packets.


1. APRS’s KML file for Google Earth – Download

2. For realtime APRS monitoring, log on to

What more APRS can do ?

  • Organic Packet Systems: all existing APRS and Winlink systems can send and receive messages
  • Text Paging Radios: 500,000 DTMF text paging amateur radio HT’s were sold in the 90’s
  • All other HT’s with DTMF: Every radio with a key pad can send brief text messages
  • DTMF decoding software: can receive and display these messages
  • Other Consumer Devices: Applications on cellphones and other hand-held devices to TX/RX APRS messages
  • Ham Radio Voice Internet systems: Echolink and IRLP can exchange text messages
  • APRS Internet Systems: can send and receive text messages and email such as the following:
  • APRS to Email: Sending an email from any APRS or compatible system
  • WEB to APRS: Amateurs using Browsers to send into the APRS system
  • SMS to APRS: Global text messaging to APRS users
  • EMAIL to APRS: Global Email to APRS users.
  • Messaging via satellites.

  • See also:

    How APRS works ?

    9M2AUR on APRS via ISS ( International Space Station – NA1SS )

    APRS handheld setup

    More info:

    By 9M2PJU

    An amateur radio operator, Royal Signals veteran, jack of all trades and master of none.

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