Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Arduino APRS Journey

We are investigating adding APRS abilities to our DIY Weather Stations. Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time tactical digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. In addition, all such data are ingested into the APRS Internet System (APRS-IS) and distributed globally for ubiquitous and immediate access. Along with messages, alerts, announcements, and bulletins, the most visible aspect of APRS is its map display. Anyone may place any object or information on his or her map, and it is distributed to all maps of all users in the local RF network or monitoring the area via the Internet. Any station, radio, or object that has an attached GPS is automatically tracked. Other prominent map features are weather stations, alerts and objects and other map-related amateur radio volunteer activities including Search and Rescue and signal direction finding.

Our friend Stanley has already been down this path, and reported on the various available options already out there, and why he went with his own open source solution. Good work Stanley! - http://9w2svt.blogspot.com/2014/07/building-open-source-arduino-aprs.html

We will be building upon his excellent foundation for our work. Thank you to Bob Bruninga (WB4APR) for developing this technology.

The new Lightning Sensor project has been finished. We now report Temperature, Humidity, calculate Heat Index and Dew Point, UV Index, Distance to Lightning strikes, and very soon radiation levels. Wind Speed / Direction (with wind chill) and rainfall amounts are coming online soon. Everything you need for your off grid weather station. Contact us if you are interested in building your own weather station, or want an assembled unit.

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