It’s posted

Alright everyone, version one is posted, you’ll find the link at the bottom of this post (yes I want you to read the whole thing first.)

V 1.0 is available for OTA (Over-the-air) install from this site only. There is no App World yet because I didn’t really think it’s solid enough and ready for that quite yet.

It does

  • Emit your position
  • At a fixed rate of once every 45 seconds
  • Require your APRS password

It doesn’t…

  • …persist data at all. This means that for the time being, you will have to re-enter your APRS password every time. Sorry, but I spent my day working around the fact that J2ME (the native language of blackberry) doesn’t support floating point operations in the language (you have to use a completely separate API).
  • … have extremely good accuracy. Again, because of the lack of floating point. I’ve read that in API release 5, RIM has included a better Math API but I’m not sure how much that’s going to affect compatibility as of yet.

How to use it

It’s really simple, just run the app, put your callsign and password in, and press “Save & Start.”

Ok, now to something that isn’t quite so obvious. To get the application to run in the background just press the red “hang up” button. To actually quit the application hit the “back” button (officially named the “escape” button). This will prompt you with a dialog that says “Bye bye.” Once you see that dialog, that’s your hint to remind you that the program will no longer send out packets.

I promised everyone SOMETHING, and everyone’s getting SOMETHING :-) .

Please note this is an extremely fresh release BETA. While I’m not expecting too many problems with the stability of the program itself, I’m SURE there’s going to be some issues with the data that it transmits (like if you’re not in the northern and western hemispheres, it might freak out). I will continue working on this and making it better, so stay tuned to the list for updates.

Point your mobile browser to http://aprsbb.bluearray.net/current to get the fresh release of APRSBB.

Thanks,

Chris

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7 Responses to It’s posted

  1. Lynn (D) says:

    Chris didn’t tell you how to GET an APRS-IS password if you need one. This password is for the APRS-IS network, so if you already use another APRS client, the same password should work. If not, please e-mail your name and callsign and the fact that you are an APRSBB user to KJ4ERJ at arrl.net and I’ll get a password back to you.

    We’ll keep Chris available to get configuration persistence and user-settable beacon rates implemented!

    Lynn (D) – KJ4ERJ – Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

  2. Marcelo says:

    I´m sorry, cause my question is probably obvious, but, what aprs password does the program require?. And how do I get it? Thanks a lot for your help!
    Marcelo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  3. LLoyd Mitchell says:

    KO4L here, THANKS for this app. I have wanted to post my position on APRS for months now.. Unfortunately I have a Storm II and am getting the LProv error….I am confident it will be discovered and corrected. THANKS again..

    Lloyd KO4L

  4. Hani Raad - OD5TE says:

    Hello Chris,

    Thanks for the effort to get an APRS for BB available.

    I have downloaded the App and ran it, but I get stuck at the call signb and password entry screen. After entering my call and my own password, clicking on save and start keep me on the same page.

    Would appreciate the help.

    73 – Hani

  5. Nabil ABOU JAOUDE says:

    Hello Chris,

    Thanks for the effort to get an APRS for BB available.

    I have downloaded the App and ran it, but I get stuck at the call sign
    and password entry screen. After entering my call and my password, clicking on save and start keep me on the same page, with the message
    Manager Start failed.

    73′s de OD5NA

  6. Nabil ABOU JAOUDE says:

    Hello Chris,

    Thanks for the effort to get an APRS for BB available.

    I have downloaded the App and ran it, but I get stuck at the call sign
    and password entry screen. After entering my call and my password, clicking on save and start keep me on the same page, with the message
    Manager Start failed.

    73′s de OD5NA

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