The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an Amateur Radio based digital communications information system that provides valuable real-time tactical data on resource status and local environment information. The capabilities of the APRS system, and the information that it provides, are very important and useful for many of the support activities that we provide during times of emergency incidents, as well as planned events and training exercises. Orange County ARES normally maintains at least two full service Digipeaters, and some of our members also provide Internet Gateways (I-Gates), and Weather data for the global APRS systems. There are a number of Internet sources for information on the APRS system. The first place to start is the aprs.org web site.
Here is a link that will allow you to see recent local APRS activity that has been seen via the Internet on the APRS-IS system. aprs.fi
Orange County ARES occasionally provides training on APRS topics that typically includes specific information on local APRS infrastructure and use.
You can also find more information on our Training pages on this site.