Field Tested APRS Software!
PinPoint offers a complete APRS solution with some of the best and unique features available in APRS software.
PinPoint has been tested by a number of Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) volunteers that use Pinpoint during exercises and emergencies.
Download it for free today to evaluate whether PinPoint is right for your needs.
Loaded with Features!
PinPoint has many unique features that are not found in any other APRS implementation and yet is very easy to use.
All features are easily accessible using configuration screens, menu selections or mouse clicks on a map.
Full turn-by-turn routing between locations is available when used with a GPS.
What is PinPoint?
PinPoint is free software that (together with some other software, radio equipment and accessories) allows you to visually track and communicate with people using Amateur Radio (”Ham Radio”) equipment. During an emergency, it can be used as a location aware tactical communications tool. It is mostly used as a tool for tracking people and assets on a map, although it is capable of so much more.
During, for instance, a large scale forest fire, an incident commander could track where people are deployed in the field and where certain assets (like fire trucks) are located, and visually direct them using an area map on a computer screen.
PinPoint does not require an Internet connection to operate and is self contained. Many people use PinPoint in their car or in their home.
The latest release of PinPoint is 1.4.1 and a complete overhaul is in the works with more unique features. Click the download link to get the latest version.
How much does it cost?
PinPoint itself is free software, but a donation is always appreciated. PinPoint requires Microsoft MapPoint which is licensed software. You will need radio equipment and related accessories to make it all work, not to mention the fact that you will need to have a valid FCC license for the frequency band you intend to use.
What do I need?
You will need the following:
- The latest release of PinPoint, which can be downloaded here
- A desktop or laptop computer running Windows XP or above
- A VHF (2 meter) transceiver + power supply + antenna
- A compatible TNC (Kantronics KPC/KAM or Kenwood D7/D700/D710)
- Cables to hook everything together
- Microsoft MapPoint (ver. 2004 or 2006)
- A valid Amateur Radio license from the FCC
- Optional: A GPS with serial port NMEA output
The next major release of PinPoint (version 2010) is under development with a complete User Interface overhaul and support for all major APRS protocol features. This version of PinPoint will support MapPoint 2004 or newer, all the way up to the 2010 version, and even more TNC's and radios. Keep an eye on this website for beta releases.
If you like PinPoint, please consider making a donation towards new development and hosting of this website. Try it out for a while and decide if you'd like to send a donation.
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