APRS is the Automatic Packet Reporting System used by Amateur Radio operators across the world. APRS Mobile brings the world of APRS to your phone or tablet via APRS-IS (internet) servers with its built in map engine, Internet connection and GPS. APRS Mobile gives you access to beacon your position and view other Amateur Radio operators anywhere in the world.
Non-amateur radio operators may view Amateur Radio APRS activity and amateur weather station data around the world.
- Beacon your position while app is in background
- Real time position mapping of other Amateur Radio stations around the world with PHG circle plots, track lines and "Dead Reckoning"
- Supports SmartBeaconing
- Callsign SSID support
- Ability to change APRS icon
- Imperial, metric and nautical units supported
- High and low battery drain modes for background GPS/positioning
- Background beacon using minimal data
- Focus on APRS tactical data, no messaging
- View weather (WX) station data (graphs coming soon)
- Beacon prediction
- Packet statistics (packets sent, average time between packets, etc)
- Maximize map viewable area by briefly touching the map to hide/reveal navigation
- iOS8 Support
App requires location services enabled when choosing to share your position with other Amateur Radio operators on APRS-IS with SmartBeacon turned on or to keep map centered on current position.
Posted positions can also be viewed at other APRS websites such as openaprs.net, aprs.fi, findu.com and APRSWorld.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Connecting to APRS-IS while using cellular data may cause overages, we are not responsible for data overages.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
Added iPhone 6+ support
Fixed speed conversion bug in beaconing
Turn on secure text in passcode cell
Show last beaconed position on map
Ratings and Reviews
Works great and then it just won't work
Works great and then it just won't work. I wanted something dependable to use while doing events motorcycle do that our Communications Command station can track me.
Well, tested this several times. Not consistent.
At $4.99, I expect this to be very consistent and operational.
Bunch of crap at times. Great at other times. Now I have it tracking me in truck for past hour and it stopped tracking 30 min ago. Why? I don't know.
No direct support email or contact via app or App Store.
What? They don't care?
Fix this and upgrade it, please.
Most modern design but still missing features
In iOS's attempt to get on APRSDroid's level, this comes nowhere close.
This is the most modern of the iOS APRS apps, so it isn't burdened by older generation art and graphics.
It's the only iOS app that supports SmartBeaconing, and allows you to set all parameters. However, corner pegging does not work as long as I have used it...so that just puts it even with the other APRS apps.
It doesn't report altitude or allow you to use any telemetry or weather.
Its missing messaging and a packet soundmodem. If it has those features it would basically be APRSDroid.
Often when using Google Maps or waze, all APRS apps will stop beaconing without notice including this one.
Also, a huge gripe of mine is background tracking EVEN AFTER CLOSING the app from the drawer. To fully prevent it from using your location you must disallow it in iOS privacy settings. You may be able to prevent it by turning high drain mode off, smartbeaconing off, and closing the app.
Also what's pedestrian resolution? I haven't seen a difference or found an explanation yet.
Finally, the author mentions this app is for tracking and data only, not including main APRS features. That's nonsensical. To incorporate the features of this app into OpenAPRS would be both ideal and trivial.
Doesn't have an audio modem!
This app is fine for the weekender HAM that doesn't actually own a radio, but if you're looking to use it as a TNC to beacon your location or receive APRS where there isn't a cell signal, look elsewhere. The whole point of APRS is it works without cell reception; where I need APRS and where I have cell are mutually exclusive. Also, even if it did have an audio modem, the lack of messaging makes it especially worthless and against the spirit of APRS. APRS is much, much more than just position reporting, which is all this app does, and it does it poorly. Waste of money.
The developer, OpenAPRS, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
No Details Provided
The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- Gregory Carter
- 5 MB
- Requires iOS 7.1 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 7.1 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 7.1 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- © OpenEssentials 2014
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.