This project is in beta and still developing.
See https://github.com/kf7eel/ARMDS for development status, bugs, and feature requests.
What is ARMDS?
Amateur Radio Micro Data Service (ARMDS) is a service that provides useful information and tools to amateur radio operators via APRS. Source code for this project can be found here.
The Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS, a registered trademark Bob Bruninga, WB4APR. APRS Site) is a large network of amateur radio stations sending and receiving information (locations, messages, weather, and other data) that can be utilized over the air through mobile and handheld stations, mountain top repeater stations, fixed home stations, satellites, or the internet.
ARMDS seeks to be a user friendly information service accessible by any licensed amateur radio operator.
Some feature were built with brand new APRS users, or people who are not familiar with APRS packets.
The APRS network is an incredibly versatile and complex packet radio network, operating on a single frequency in places. With APRS enabled satellites orbiting the earth and mountain top repeating stations extending coverage to many places, all connecting together via the internet, the APRS network has an extremely wide coverage area. With that in mind, why not create a general information service to assist amateur radio operators.
Store and retrieve information in a blog like way.
Information ("posts") are viewable on this website, arranged by callsign in chronological order. A twtxt file is also generated for each user (twtxt is a decentralized social networking service, similar to Twitter. More information here.), viewable in your favorite client. An ATOM feed is also generated.
Store and retrieve static messages like a tiny website.
Messages can be stored and retrieved via APRS, or viewable as a website. Now you can create and maintain a tiny website from your radio! See https://example.armds.net for an example.
Send an APRS message to ARMDS. ARMDS will then send an email to your recipient. Also will receive an email and send it to you via APRS message. Presently implemented, not fully functioning yet.
Maidenhead grid square
Give your location as a maidenhead grid square. Find the maidenhead grid square of another APRS station.
Find name and city of US callsigns
Find the name and city of US amateur radio licensees via callook.info.
Send APRS message to get current conditions for your location. Forecast retrieval in development.
Features in development
Find the location of nearest object
Find the nearest hospital, police station, fire station, etc.
Send a special APRS message to notify others by Email and XMPP about distress signal.
If you have an idea, I would love to hear it.
This page is a work in progress. Check back often.
E-Mail: kf7eel [at] qsl.net