Global Position Reporting

Although the GPS was originally intended for use by the military, in peace time it has given rise to applications that were heretofore limited to science fiction.

The world has not been the same since the invention of the telephone, radio, television and the computer. The GPS is also destined to make its mark in the technological evolution of mankind; it has given rise to many unique applications. The APRS was developed to allow amateur radio operators to broadcast positions using packet radio. APRS servers and Linux further extend the GPS to uses that were science fiction not too long ago.


Richard Parry works as a software engineer at Qualcomm, Inc., known by most as the home of the e-mail program Eudora. He attends the University of California at San Diego and studies computer science. When not sitting in front of a monitor, he plays racquetball, but does entirely too much of the former and not enough of the latter. He can be reached at or visit his home page at