Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. Data can include object Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, weather station telemetry, text messages, announcements, queries, and other telemetry. APRS data can be displayed on a map, which can show stations, objects, tracks of moving objects, weather stations, search and rescue data, and direction finding data.
The Barron County Amateur Radio Association has APRS Digipeaters located in the Dallas area and east of Rice Lake.
The Dallas Digipeater SSID is KD9EJA-10. The digipeater also sends out several beacons with club repeater information for amateurs passing through the area that may not be aware of local voice repeaters available. The digipeater went online on April 20th, 2017 and is a Kantronics KPC-3 that was donated by Greg Hammerel W9GDH connected to an Icom Commercial radio.
The Rice Lake Digipeater SSID is KD9EJA-8. The digipeater was put online on November 25th, 2019 and is a Kantronics KPC-3 connected to a Motorola MTR2000 base station.