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=====APRS Databases=====
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==APRS Databases==
  
 
Generally speaking, APRS data in the RF environment is very short-lived.
 
Generally speaking, APRS data in the RF environment is very short-lived.
  
Once gateways between local RF APRS activity and the internet [[InternetSystem|APRS-IS]]
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Once gateways between local RF APRS activity and the internet [[InternetSystem|APRS-IS]] were invented, interest arose in storing APRS data for later review.  By storing the APRS packet data in a database things like [[Tracker|tracking]] become more interesting.
were invented, interest arose in storing APRS data for later review.  By storing the APRS packet data
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in a database things like [[Tracker|tracking]] become more interesting.
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Any internet user can do a search of the database to look at station position reports,
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Any internet user can do a search of the database to look at station position reports, messages, any data that made it's way into the [[APRS-IS]] system.
messages, any data that made it's way into the APRS-IS system.
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Probably the best known APRS database is [http://www.findu.com findu].
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Probably the best known APRS database is [http://www.findu.com findu.com].  A more complete list of useful database sites is below.
  
This aspect of APRS has become overwhelmingly popular.  People set up their
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This aspect of APRS has become overwhelmingly popular.  People set up their station PATH so that their packets reach an [[IGate|I-Gate]] and make it into the findu database.  This use has in many ways overshadowed the original purpose of APRS as a local, tactical, RF-based tool.
station PATH so that their packets reach an [[IGate|I-Gate]] and make it into
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the findu database.  This use has in many ways overshadowed the original purpose of APRS
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as a local, tactical, RF-based tool.
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A byproduct of the whole database and [[InternetSystem|APRS-IS]] thing is that  
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A byproduct of the whole database and [[InternetSystem|APRS-IS]] thing is that [[AprsStation|APRS Station]] identifiers have to become more globally unique.
[[AprsStation|APRS Station]] identifiers have to become more globally unique.
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== Links ==
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* [http://www.findu.com Findu.com]
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* [http://aprsworld.net Aprsworld.net]
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* [http://aprs.fi aprs.fi]
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* [http://www.db0anf.de/app/aprs DB0ANF]

Latest revision as of 17:44, 30 December 2011

[edit] APRS Databases

Generally speaking, APRS data in the RF environment is very short-lived.

Once gateways between local RF APRS activity and the internet APRS-IS were invented, interest arose in storing APRS data for later review. By storing the APRS packet data in a database things like tracking become more interesting.

Any internet user can do a search of the database to look at station position reports, messages, any data that made it's way into the APRS-IS system.

Probably the best known APRS database is findu.com. A more complete list of useful database sites is below.

This aspect of APRS has become overwhelmingly popular. People set up their station PATH so that their packets reach an I-Gate and make it into the findu database. This use has in many ways overshadowed the original purpose of APRS as a local, tactical, RF-based tool.

A byproduct of the whole database and APRS-IS thing is that APRS Station identifiers have to become more globally unique.

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