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Friday, March 12, 2010

OpenAPRS iPhone Edition RELEASED!

Yesterday I received word back that Apple approved our APRS iPhone application. Search for "OpenAPRS" or "APRS" in the app store to find it.

OpenAPRS iPhone Edition Details:

OpenAPRS iPhone Edition brings the world of APRS right to your iPhone. Paired with iPhone’s built in map engine, Internet connection and GPS, OpenAPRS gives you access to check your APRS messages, beacon your position and view other Amateur Radio operators anywhere in the world.

Send your position with any model iPhone by assisted GPS, cell phone triangulation or manual coordinate entry. Share your trip with your friends as they view you on their iPhones, APRS software connected to APRS-IS or on the OpenAPRS website:


Posted positions can also be viewed at other APRS websites such as aprs.fi, findu.com and APRSWorld.

Check your APRS messages or send a message to a friend right from OpenAPRS iPhone Edition. Our servers are always on to receive and store your messages so you don’t have to keep a station running 24/7. Never miss a message again!

Non or aspiring Amateur Radio operators can also view APRS activity near them on OpenAPRS iPhone Edition but will not be able to send their position or messages. Not yet a HAM operator? There is still time, check out www.arrl.net for information on how to study and where to take your Technician class exam today; no morse code required!

A free account with OpenAPRS is required to send your position or send and receive messages. Signing up is easy, simply open up OpenAPRS iPhone Edition, click the signup tab, fill out the form and click Signup! The app will automatically contact our servers and set up your account. You will need to have a valid email account to receive our activation message to activate your account. The activation email should be received within about 15 minutes, click the activation link, start up OpenAPRS iPhone Edition and you’re all set.


  • Callsign SSID support.
  • Ability to change your APRS Icon.
  • Auto beaconing on a user settable interval.
  • Custom position comment.
  • Breadcrumb creation to show your beaconed positions throughout your trip.
  • Auto centering map on movement.
  • Ability to disable the iPhone screen saver to use as a map during your travels
  • Manual coordinate entry if desired for beacons instead of using automatic GPS coordinates.
  • Supports sending and receiving APRS messages to your callsign + SSID. You don’t have to be online when a message is sent to you, our servers will store messages until you check them.
  • Distance traveled indicator.
  • Estimated speed based on time and position change between updates (not to be used as an actual speedometer).
  • Built in compass that works on 3GS or higher iPhones.

OpenAPRS iPhone Edition will run on iPod touch but will need to have coordinates entered manually unless it is connected to a well-known WiFi location.

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  • At March 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I sure hope we can expect a similar Android app soon.


  • At March 23, 2010 at 6:30 PM , Blogger NV6G said...

    No promises there, the iPhone development has our hands full at the moment. Lots of features to add and so little time to do it in!

  • At March 24, 2010 at 8:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Greg, have a few issues with the IPhone application, contact me on 441.8, Napa, KI6NGX

  • At March 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Tanner Lovelace said...

    Very nice! Although, since I already have an OpenAPRS account, asking me to "sign up" without making it clear how I could simply use my existing account when I first started was quite confusing!

    Still, great job! How soon until we can get push notifications of APRS messages? :-)

  • At March 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM , Blogger NV6G said...

    Good point, I'll make a not in the signup screen that you use the same account if you're a web user too.

    Push notifications should be in the next release...

  • At April 27, 2010 at 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just purchased this today; I really like the app, though I wish there was a logging provision (unless I just haven't found it yet). Great job, Greg! -73

  • At May 8, 2010 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Rich said...

    iPad app is Great! Lookijng forward to weather info display later versions.found the sign up confusing as I already had an openers account. Which ssid are iPhone/ iPad users using?
    73 fm TX de n5csu

  • At June 12, 2010 at 3:45 AM , Anonymous Bastian said...

    A Android version will be nice :)

  • At July 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous 2W0PWR said...


    I wonder if you are working on an update to support the iOS 4 and make the most of Multitasking?

    It would be great to have it running in the background.

    73 de Dave

  • At August 17, 2010 at 10:47 AM , Anonymous KI6TFI said...

    I'm wondering the same. The app seems to crash after about 15-30 mins on iOS4 and having it run in the background would be FANTASTIC!!

  • At September 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM , Anonymous N0GQX said...

    Yes defenitly this app need trim in background on the iPhone 4

  • At September 28, 2010 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous N0GQX said...

    Sorry run in backgound

  • At October 4, 2010 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We've now got Echolink for Android - how far awy is OpenAPRS for Android? Steve VK2POO

  • At October 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "OpenAPRS v2.1 is a nice little App, but it really needs to be updated to enable background operation (IOS 4 compliant) Unless I'm missing something, I can't do anything else on the phone while in the tracking mode. Needs multitasking functionality so App can be hidden, and continue to track. (Platform: 3GS, IOS4.1) Thanks!!

    -'73, N6OIM

  • At April 10, 2011 at 8:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It would be very nice if someone would develope a non-internet version of a packet app that would allow for sending various data rate packet and APRS via radio, instead of having to be tethered to the internet. To me that would be far more useful. The only packet/APRS modem emulator that I have seen depends on google map to show all data of received stations.

  • At July 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM , Blogger Tony said...

    i've just move under Android with a galaxy s2, but i can't find openaprs on android :-(
    will you wear your application under android.
    Many thanks per advance.

  • At April 12, 2017 at 5:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Is this app (openAPRS) dead? Attempts to reach http://www.openaprs.net always fail. iOS reports that the app is out of date, and the app cannot connect to its host, hence no transmit. It was good (very good) when it worked, but now??? The only option of which I am aware is the APRS.FI app, but that currently keeps the beacons to itself and doesn't populate the global data base(s) (yet.) VA3BRW


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