Welcome to this APRS tracking website!
This website is based on the APRS Track Direct tools. Read more about APRS Track Direct here or go directly to GitHub. In addition to a map with fast APRS data updates, APRS Track direct also provides related functions such as Latest heard and Station search etc.
What is APRS?
APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) is a digital communications system that uses packet radio to send real time tactical information (on amateur radio frequencies). The APRS network is used by ham radio operators all over the world. Information shared over the APRS network is for example coordinates, altitude, speed, heading, text messages, alerts, announcements, bulletins and weather data. APRS has been developed by Bob Bruninga, callsign WB4APR. More information about APRS can be found at www.aprs.org or at wikipedia.
But as you probably already understood, the APRS specification is not only used by ham radio operators, but also for several other areas of use, such as e.g. for CWOP and OGN data.
What is map.ad8gn.com?
In this version of the Track Direct tools I maintain a private aprsc server instead of connecting to the global APRS-IS servers.
The only client is my own Igate where I filter the upload to IG to RF only (FILTER 0 IG ! /*).
In this way, the map you see are only stations heard by my own receiving antenna, with no duplicates or overlaps.
Further this system is hosted, as my station, with solar based power.
Although it is available on the internet for convience, if the Internet goes out it will still be available via my local network (to me, and those within range of my wifi.)
And if that network fails, the system will self create a wireless AP and self host until the sun goes out.