How to use the RT82 built in GPS to report APRS location

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.

Finally, I figured out how to work RT82 GPS report into APRS.FI for APRS location.

How does APRS work?

The radio which built-in GPS will send GPS SMS messenger to MMDVM hotspot board, MMDVM will receive the data packet and then transmit to Brandmeister through the internet, BM server forwards GPS information packet to This enables real-time viewing of positioning and movement trajectories on the website.

What do you need?

1.RT3/RT8/RT82 built-in GPS radio.


How to do?

Brandmeister configuration

Access to Brandmeister website,  Register a Brandmeister account.  If you already have one, Skip this step.

Then go to the Selfcare configure.

Select Brand: Chinese Radio.  Language: English.   APRS Interval: 60 Sec.

Set up your APRS Callsign different with your real Callsign.

Choose the correct SSID as below picture show.

Choose one APRS Icom you want. It will display on the  Set the APRS text you can remember, both of the Icom and text can display on

Finally, It is very important to save all the settings.

Hotspot configuration.

Go to Pi-star Configuration Dashboard. DMR Configuration>>>DMR Master. Select BM-China 4601.  General Configuration, Callsign, DMR ID. Frequency. Should do offset to -300 on pi-star export page.

RT82 GPS radio setting.

  1. Check Brandmeister wiki  find APRS application private Call ID is 460999,

Then add a new contact as private call named it APRS-RT82.

You can name it to anything you like.

2.   Channel Setting.

I named the channel to APRS-RT82.  Set the frequency opposite with the MMDVM mini repeater.  Timeslot should be 2. Color code is 1.  Important to tick send or receive GPS and choose the GPS system.

3.  Write all the data to your radio.

4.  Go to outside to check your local GPS information.  Make radio standby on the “APRS-RT82” Channel.  Wait several minutes until the GPS icon comes out.

5. Go to Menu, GPS/Beidou Information. Then check your GPS Positioning.

6. Press PTT transmit, then the GPS information will be send to BM Server. Then take radio to somewhere, the radio track will be display on the Depending on the GPS system setting, the GPS location will be reported every 60s.

7. Go to to check your moving track.  Once you switch to another channel without GPS, will stop to track.

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4 thoughts on “How to use the RT82 built in GPS to report APRS location”

  1. I presume that it does not matter which server is used so long as the private call is directed to 460999? Otherwise one would have to manually switch servers in order to report GPS position, which would be self-defeating?

    How does one _only_ report GPS position at the beginning of an over rather than every 60s? For example, it would be wasteful if my location was reported every 60s when I am in a fixed location and I don’t really want people watching my every move so occasional (when PTT used) reports would be fine but not every minute which would in addition be wasteful of battery.


    1. hi, i am so sorry, I can’t understand your problem clealy!
      if you want to make the long time to report the GPS information, you can set the time longer.
      And the private call on brandmeister 460999 is only for China, so if you want to use it in your place, please check the private call with your local please.
      And aprs is an amateur radio-based system for real time digital communications of information of immediate value in the local area. It will share informations to others, if you don’t want to share your information, you can not use the APRS, please understand!

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