This page shows real-time information collected from the Automatic Position Reporting System Internet network (APRS-IS).
The communication statistics that we show here may differ from similar communication statistics on other websites, the reason is that we are not collecting packets from the same APRS-IS servers. Each APRS-IS server performes duplicate filtering, and which packet that is considered to be a duplicate may differ depending on which APRS-IS server you receive your data from.
To include all duplicate packets in our statistics we would need a duplicate feed from all APRS-IS servers in the world (that would be hundreds of servers). The APRS website collects it's packets from our own APRS-IS server, which is connected to a APRS-IS core server.
Please note that if distance is very long it may be incorrect (not all digis add themselves correctly to the path).
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data.
APRS contains a number of packet types, including position/object/item, status, messages, queries, weather reports and telemetry. The position/object/item packets contain the latitude and longitude, and a symbol to be displayed on the map, and have many optional fields for altitude, course, speed, radiated power, antenna height above average terrain, antenna gain, and voice operating frequency. Positions of fixed stations are configured in the APRS software. Moving stations (portable or mobile) automatically derive their position information from a GPS receiver connected to the APRS equipment.
Amateur radio transmissions are defined to be in the public domain, by international regulations). Anyone can receive them, and retransmit, publish or store them as they wish. If you do not wish your position to be published on the Internet by someone, the only guaranteed way is not to transmit it.