Download PinPoint APRS Software

Pinpoint v2

Click the download button below to download the latest stable version of PinPoint. To read more about how to install and use PinPoint, please download the Quick Start guide from the link below (you will need a PDF reader).

Installation
To install PinPoint, make sure the required software is installed (see below), then download the file, unzip it, and double click the file called setup.exe to install Pinpoint. If you are updating PinPoint, please uninstall the old version first.

System requirements for running PinPoint:
- Windows Vista SP2, 7, 8, 10 or 11
- Windows .NET framework 4.5, which can be downloaded from Microsoft
- At least 4GB of RAM, but 8GB recommended

Latest stable version: PinPoint v2.0 Build 221204 (December 4, 2022). Scroll down for Beta versions.


Download PinPoint Build 221204

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Updates

(12/04/2022) Found a few more bugs in PinPoint and added a few convenience things.
Bug: PinPoint was not sending an ACK(nowledgement) of messages sent to it via APRS-IS. Only via RF.
Bug: The Reply/Forward option when right-clicking a message stayed greyed out when using APRS-IS.
Bug: When auto answer is enabled, PinPoint was sending an auto-answer to Winlink, EMail & SMS gateway messages, creating an infinite loop of back and forth messages. It will never send an auto answer to those gateways now.
PinPoint now remembers who you last sent a regular APRS message to and will pre-populate the call sign field with the last used recipient for the next regular APRS message, which you can override.
When you try to compose a message when neither TNC or APRS-IS is connected, you will now get an error.
When composing a message, PinPoint will now default to RF or APRS-IS as the communications method ("Send via"), depending on what is connected at that time, rather than always defaulting to RF. If RF or APRS-IS is not connected, that respective option in "Send via" is now greyed out.
(12/03/2022) Created additional options for messaging under the Tools menu. Fixed a few small bugs. Whole message section will be overhauled, but just making it works a little better for now. Checking whether you have the latest version is now done at startup only and results can be seen in the bottom status bar (on the right). Click the link to go to the website to download the latest version.
(11/27/2022) Resized the Options screen so that screen resolutions of 1366x768 continue to work.
(11/05/2022) Fixed a bug related to sending ACKnowledgements for messages without a sequence ID. Fixed the scaling issue related to the initial EULA window. Automatically disable startup and shutdown scripts when dealing with KISS or read-only TNCs. Keep checking whether Internet is available automatically every minute. Ability to send Bulletins, SMS and Email in the Tools menu. Added display of MaidenHead Grid at the top of the map. A few smaller GPX import fixes.
(07/01/2022) More fixes related to reported GPX file issues. Will need to revamp during next major release.
(03/24/2021) Fixed some issues/errors while loading GPX files. PinPoint only understands tracks and waypoints in GPX files. Nothing else.
(12/12/2020) Mostly small bugfixes. Still working on some larger new features, but not having a lot of time available at the moment.
(04/14/2020) Bugfixes. Options screen size was still incorrect on some displays.
(04/12/2020) Bugfixes. Fixed 'only map stations heard directly' feature. Resized Tools>Options window for smaller displays.
(04/02/2020) Bugfixes and speed improvements. Finally built in Release mode rather than Debug mode. Ability to turn off diagnostic logging under Tools > Options > Misc.
(05/21/2019) General bugfixes with station tracking. There's an option available to track all stations by default (See Tools > Options > Map). Had to remove track color selection as that now alternates automatically with each new station.
(05/18/2019) Added support for the Yaesu FTM-400, which uses a non-standard APRS protocol. Only supports read only. Select the Yaesu FTM-400 TNC under Tools > Options > TNC. Fixed a bug so that PinPoint correctly interprets $GLGGA and $GNGGA NMEA sentences from a serial GPS unit.
(05/17/2019) PinPoint now by default checks to see if there is a newer version available at startup. You can turn this off under Tools > Options > Misc. Altitude wasn't converted to metric in metric mode when changing it on the fly. Added an option under Tools > Options > Misc to force PinPoint into metric mode (overriding local PC setting). Before PinPoint would only switch to metric if your entire PC was already in metric mode.
(05/16/2019) Sent extra 0x0D at end of network KISS packets, which should not be needed. Direwolf is happy now. :-) Also, build numbers are now 2 digit year, month, day to prepare for automatic update checking, which is coming soon.
(05/08/2019)
Fixed a bug that would move your initial map position at program end and a bug regarding beaconing of the correct altitude. Set the default altitude to zero.
(04/21/2019)
Metric support: Support for metric units and computers that use a comma for decimal separator. Detects metric and comma decimal separation automatically.
New option: Keep map centered on own position option. See checkbox in Tools > Options > Map.
New feature: Single instance application to prevent accidentally starting it up again.
New option: Auto connect APRS-IS, TNC and/or GPS at startup. See checkbox in Tools > Options > TNC.
New option: Start up PinPoint with map centered on last reported position.
Bug fix: On computers that use comma for decimal separation, GPS altitude was incorrectly interpreted.
Bug fix: Fixed issue with compressed position data format with radio range that caused crash.
Bug fix: Stations showing up in weird positions (Germany, Faroe Islands) as a result of localization. Handle commas for decimal separation correctly on computer that require it.
10/06/2018) KISS support : Improved KISS modem/TNC support. Fixed some protocol issues that some implementations of KISS didn't like. My bad. Made some incorrect assumptions when configuring the serial port. Big thanks to Rob Riggs, WX9O at Mobilinkd, LLC for the great Bluetooth enabled TNC and thanks to KC8GXR and WY7CDL for the remote debugging support.
(7/04/2018) Station filter : Added an option under Tools > Options > Map to only display stations that are listed in the space separated text box. See the Quick Start guide for more info.
(7/04/2018) Station distance : When clicking on a station on the map, the pop-up menu shows how far away the station is from your current position.
(4/11/2018) GPX file import : If the <sym> element used for waypoints in the GPX file is two characters, interpret it as an APRS symbol using the standard APRS 'table + symbol' mapping. Includes support for overlays.
(3/16/2018) First release : Original first production release after many months of beta testing, with help from my friends at ARES of Douglas & Elbert Counties in Colorado.

Older versions

If you run into an issue with a newer version of the software, feel free to download a previous version to see if the problem goes away. Then, please submit a bug report to the email adress on the home page.
- PinPoint_v2_build_221105.zip - November 5, 2022
- PinPoint_v2_build_220701.zip - July 1, 2022
- PinPoint_v2_build_210324.zip - March 24, 2021
- PinPoint_v2_build_201212.zip - December 12, 2020
- PinPoint_v2_build_200414.zip - April 14, 2020

Beta versions

This section is for testing of new versions that are not considered stable yet and are actively being updated with bug fixes and enhancements. Download if you feel adventurous, but keep in mind, you may run into some issues.

Bug reports are always welcome. You can contact the author at ab0wv at arrl.net. Please include as much detail as possible, and include the files PinpointRawpacketsMMDDYYYY.txt and PinpointDebugLog.txt from your Documents folder. Thanks for your support!


No beta versions at this time. Please download the latest stable build linked above.

License

PinPoint (“the software”) is free for use by individuals. No warranty is expressed or implied. By using the software you agree to the fact that the author can in no way be held liable for any kind of damages resulting from direct or indirect use of the software. By using the software you also agree to the fact that you are using this software at your own risk and you understand that it should not be used in cases where human life depends on it or loss of property is at stake. Please read the entire license included in the software, which is presented the first time the application starts up and can be found under the View > Credits, Copyright and License menu inside the application.