Current Version: 1.4.2
Last Updated: 4 years ago
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PocketPacket started as an APRS client for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad devices, but is also available for the Mac desktop or laptop. The "Automatic Position Reporting System" is a packet communication protocol used by amateur radio operators (hams) around the world, to report position, status, station capabilities, weather or other information in real time. Packets can also be used for broadcasting announcements or one-to-one messaging.
PocketPacket incorporates a software-based TNC, allowing you to directly capture and visualize, or encode and transmit 1200 baud packets (AFSK modulation) using a VHF radio transceiver. With PocketPacket you can also get and send packets over the Internet, by selecting one of the available Tier 2 servers of the global APRS-IS network.
Incoming data is presented on a map, as most packets define some object, with a specific symbol and location. By selecting a symbol, you can view the latest information sent for the corresponding object, as well as the raw packets that produced it. All available objects are also shown in a list, which allows you to search for the ones you are looking for. Messages and bulletins are shown in a separate set of screens, structured like an e-mail client.
With PocketPacket you can follow the status of the APRS network or submit your station's info. Monitor moving objects, get real time weather reports directly from local stations and more. Especially with the iOS version and an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, you can have a full-fledged picture of packet activity in a small, portable package - ideal for field work or the ham shack.
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- Full drag-and-drop and copy-paste support from packet list and messaging views. Drag out to export to csv formatted file. Copy and paste to text editor.
- Show options with right-click on above views.
- Added Drafts and Trash folders in Messaging.
- Fixed compatibility with SignLink USB device.
- New menu option for clearing all packets from a source.
- Added immediate "Send a Packet" action for each packet source.
- Added find location button in Preferences.
- Will now save custom map window toolbar item selection and placement.
- Updated APRS-IS server list.
Most Helpful Reviews
Does what it says it will do. - I rate it a 5 because it does exactly what is says it will do. It does not claim a USB interface. It claims an "audio modem" which makes sense because it was originally designed for the iPhone and iPad. The "audio modem" works perfectly on receive with my iMac. I have not tried transmit yet because I need to make a new cable first. The interface is very clean and straight forward. I hope the auther will choose to do USB support in the near future because I would like to use the SignalLink USB. But I needed a simple way to monitor with my iMac right now and this program works.
Poor network underpinnings - Bought this app to try it out, but I couldn't get it to do -- ANYTHING --. Beware, this app doesn't work with proxy servers. Even if you configure your mac to use Proxy servers for everything, including browsing, IM, mail, etc -- this app does NOT honor it, and there's nowhere to set it. I'm going to try to figure out how to get a refund since now it's useless to me. -jre
More Reviews for Current Version
Needs Work - Using a Mac Mini and Rigblaster Nomic. VOX PTT doesn't seem to work, but basic PTT through a USB to Serial adapter seems to be working. I'm having big issues with the mapping interface. I can't move about the map and stations aren't showing up until I refresh them by viewing their transmission log??? Without fluid mapping, it's a waste of time and money. Being a HAM app I would definitly suggest starting a forum for the app usage and problem reporting. Google Groups are free and designed for just this sort of thing. If the issues that people are reporting get fixed it will be a 5 star app. Not there yet.
Getting better - works with SignalLink now - Getting better, The SignalLink USB problem has been worked out. Program can now tx & rx, so it does what it is supposed to do. Mapping APRS stations seems to be a bit slow, but signals are showing up where they are supposed to be. AB2RC
Not baked... - There is a lot of potential here. But if you turn on the APRS-IS feature, it crahses constantly. If you do local decode it works great, but there is no RF-IS option. The sound decode works really well. I am looking to do a local iGate on my mac mini, PocketPacket is so close. Fix the crashes, add the RF to IS feature. Help local hams! Its a win win. Fix these issues and I will re-rate.
Don't buy this. - Seriously. If the audio modem worked, this program would be legitimate. I emailed the developer who didn't really give me a helpful answer. And it's not like some decent explaination for how to use it with different radios exists either. Even a debug or helper tool for the audio modem would perhaps make it a practical tool. ARPS-IS is neat… but it's called aprs.fi. Don't pay $10 for this software.
Seriously? - Log & Lat seem to be out of whack. The list of TAPR servers are out of date. This software needs a update or remove it from the store..