iPhone App: OpenAPRS
The i-Phone application is to enable a licensed ham operator to beacon their location and tactical call sign and will show up on the APRS software.
To load the software, start with going to the App Store on the i-Phone and search for OpenAPRS. You may find it as a free download or a small price ($3.99-4.99).
Download to your phone and open the application. Go to sign-up (bottom of screen) and complete the form (First, Last name, Call sign/SSID, email, password) and press the Signup. The SSID is a number added after the call sign and represents the basic type of device you want to represent.
If you need to make changes, use the save changes or the other buttons. You will receive an activation email which must be responded to within 72 hours or the account will become dead. You can use the account in the meantime.
Go to the map and select the setting button at the bottom of the map. It is somewhat difficult to hit. Keep trying. When you are ready to activate, set the following:
When you do not need it, shut it down as it is a drain on the battery. You may want to plug the phone into the car system or a separate battery if you need to keep it operational for 4-8 hours. This setup will follow you. You do not need to completely close OpenAPRS to save battery life.
In order to stop beaconing and turn off the GPS while the app is in the background, from the Map tab press the Settings button then press the BCON button until the BCON light has turned off. Now when the app goes to the background (press the Home button) it will not leave the GPS on or attempt to beacon and will perform like any other dormant app in the background, thus saving battery life.
There is another set up at More (bottom right): however it is for a fixed location and do not use.
The OpenAPRS iPhone Edition is paired with iPhone's built in map engine, internet connection and GPS. OpenAPRS give you access to check your APRS messages, beacon your position and view other Amateur Radio operators anywhere in the world.
Last Update: 09/12/2016 © Copyright Sumter County ARES. All Rights Reserved.