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Map Tile sets Update

w7boz
 

Hi group,

For those of you that would like to use the "Midnight Commander" or "Red Alert" I have the right address for them. And are working great. Can someone update the WIKI for these? Here is the correct info.

The server address for both is: a.tile.cloudmade.com
The URLs are correct but I will post them.
Red Alert URL: /BC9A493B41014CAABB98F0471D759707/8/256/
Midnight Commander: /BC9A493B41014CAABB98F0471D759707/999/256/

Kevin
W7BOZ


Map Prefetch + More (Dev: 2011/05/17 06:41)

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

I just pushed out the following in a Development release. If I don't hear any cries of anguish, this will go general before the weekend. The next APRSISCE/32 update isn't expected for at least 3-4 weeks.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

Prevent runaway map prefetch - You can now resume use of this function.

Correct new/obsolete station visibility when running View / RF / All for an extended period (Lynn KJ4ERJ)

Make Clear / Clear Tracks plural (Steve G6UIM, I think)

Support viewing EchoLinks on MultiTracks, but only if loaded in the main window.

Fixed display of currently connected APRS-IS server on ME's station popup. This shows the actual IP address of a rotation DNS name translation. (Steve G6UIM)

Attempt to detect and ignore concatenated packets. They will show up in a new Concat trace log. Note that this may unfortunately find and ignore false positives like entire >dest,path,path,path: specifications in a message body, but how often does THAT occur?


Re: Settings to work the ISS?

sivan_toledo
 

Thank you very much Lynn; this is very helpful. Thanks also to Kevin.

Sivan

--- In aprsisce@..., "Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)" <kj4erj@...> wrote:

On 5/17/2011 2:55 AM, Sivan wrote:
What is the correct setting to send messages to the ISS? I've tried a path of "APRS,ARISS", but I didn't see my packets come back from the ISS or getting gated to the internet (on www.ariss.net). Do I need to include "CQ" or "SGATE" in the path?
The path should be simply ARISS or RS0ISS-4. The "APRS," is a
UI-View-ism that actually modifies the destination address (toCall) and
has nothing to do with the path.

Also, I'm not sure how to answer people who are calling. I received a packet

UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*: CQ DE UR3QLZ
UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*:Hello To All! op. Grigorij qth Zaporozhye Ukraine

but APRSISCE didn't seem to give me the option to reply.
Well, the reason APRSISCE/32 doesn't give you the option to reply is
that those packets aren't APRS messages. As a matter of fact, they're
not even well formed APRS packets, but are just UI packets from someone
typing in CONVerse mode on their TNC. APRSISCE/32 is an APRS client
application, not a terminal emulator for CONVerse mode.

If someone sends a true APRS message to CQ or ALL, APRSISCE/32 will
light up the green message pane with their callsign (the pane normally
says "N/A"). Clicking there will give you a preview of their message
text with a "Chat" option. Clicking that will open a chat window from
which you can send responses as well as control how the message gets
sent, "Best", "Send IS", or "RF-Only". Eventually you'll be able to
specify the path for that station's messages via the Chat, but not yet.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

Thanks, Sivan Toledo 4X6IZ




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Re: Dayton Travel

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

What callsign-SSID will you be running?  And do you mind random messages (like "Didn't you miss your turn?" ) while mobile?

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 5/16/2011 10:26 PM, K3RWN wrote:

I will be running my APRSIS on the trip to Dayton.  I will be looking for other travelers and hope to catch up with them on 2 meters voice

 

Rich




Re: Settings to work the ISS?

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

On 5/17/2011 2:55 AM, Sivan wrote:
What is the correct setting to send messages to the ISS? I've tried a path of "APRS,ARISS", but I didn't see my packets come back from the ISS or getting gated to the internet (on www.ariss.net). Do I need to include "CQ" or "SGATE" in the path?
The path should be simply ARISS or RS0ISS-4. The "APRS," is a UI-View-ism that actually modifies the destination address (toCall) and has nothing to do with the path.

Also, I'm not sure how to answer people who are calling. I received a packet

UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*: CQ DE UR3QLZ
UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*:Hello To All! op. Grigorij qth Zaporozhye Ukraine

but APRSISCE didn't seem to give me the option to reply.
Well, the reason APRSISCE/32 doesn't give you the option to reply is that those packets aren't APRS messages. As a matter of fact, they're not even well formed APRS packets, but are just UI packets from someone typing in CONVerse mode on their TNC. APRSISCE/32 is an APRS client application, not a terminal emulator for CONVerse mode.

If someone sends a true APRS message to CQ or ALL, APRSISCE/32 will light up the green message pane with their callsign (the pane normally says "N/A"). Clicking there will give you a preview of their message text with a "Chat" option. Clicking that will open a chat window from which you can send responses as well as control how the message gets sent, "Best", "Send IS", or "RF-Only". Eventually you'll be able to specify the path for that station's messages via the Chat, but not yet.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

Thanks, Sivan Toledo 4X6IZ




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Re: Settings to work the ISS?

w7boz
 

Your path should be ARISS. Freq 145.825. And I turn the Igate stuff of when I am working the ISS.

Kevin
W7BOZ

--- In aprsisce@..., "Sivan" <sivan.toledo@...> wrote:

What is the correct setting to send messages to the ISS? I've tried a path of "APRS,ARISS", but I didn't see my packets come back from the ISS or getting gated to the internet (on www.ariss.net). Do I need to include "CQ" or "SGATE" in the path?

Also, I'm not sure how to answer people who are calling. I received a packet

UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*: CQ DE UR3QLZ
UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*:Hello To All! op. Grigorij qth Zaporozhye Ukraine

but APRSISCE didn't seem to give me the option to reply.

Thanks, Sivan Toledo 4X6IZ


Settings to work the ISS?

sivan_toledo
 

What is the correct setting to send messages to the ISS? I've tried a path of "APRS,ARISS", but I didn't see my packets come back from the ISS or getting gated to the internet (on www.ariss.net). Do I need to include "CQ" or "SGATE" in the path?

Also, I'm not sure how to answer people who are calling. I received a packet

UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*: CQ DE UR3QLZ
UR3QLZ>CQ,RS0ISS-4*:Hello To All! op. Grigorij qth Zaporozhye Ukraine

but APRSISCE didn't seem to give me the option to reply.

Thanks, Sivan Toledo 4X6IZ


Ham EOC, Kind of

Rud Merriam <k5rud@...>
 

Thanks to all for the response to my questions.

After working with APRSIS32 today I think I found the application I have been looking for.

There was an article in QST about using UiView to collect information for the recent tsunami and during an exercise. I started looking then for something that would let me track operators during an incident here in my county. One important aspect was the ability to work offline. Since I am in hurricane territory the internet is likely to be down. While some of the other APRS programs could download maps APRSIS32 makes it automatic with tile persistence.

The best alternative I've seen is Depiction but you have to pay for it and they nickle and dime for additional capabilities. If they charged a single price and that included everything I wouldn't mind. So I am going to abandon my efforts with it.

My learning curve is steep since I have not worked with APRS at all and starting from the 'tracking vehicles' perspective. I hope I don't drive you nuts with questions.

I have looked at Bob B's APRS pages but they are like drinking from a fire hose. I am sure a lot of the information I need is there but where?

Here is some of what I want to do:
  1. Mark home locations of ARES and other known volunteer operators in the county and any operators who come up to assist during the incident. That way I can minimize their travel distances to assignments.
  2. Mark assigned positions so I know where people are during the incident. Some may be traveling from agency to agency so tracking their arrival and departure times would be good.
  3. Mark agency locations.
  4. Add incident type of information, e.g. location of POD, flooding, damage reports, open gas stations & food stores, CERTs locations.
  5. It would be nice to have all that information in some text form in addition to the plotting on the map. Sometimes it is faster to scan the list than search on the map. It might be more readable if I were actually in an EOC for others to see what is happening. (I expect to be at home coordinating, not actually in the field or EOC.)
  6. If this all gets working well, I may have other operators who could share the coordination role when I need to sleep or eat. Having APRS report all this information to their copies of APRSIS32 would be good. If the incident was bad enough it might take a couple operators to handle everything but they would need to share information. Whether that is over a local network or RF shouldn't matter.
  7. Exchange messages or chat among operators.
  8. Other stuff I haven't thought of yet...
I see how objects can help with a lot of this, mainly 1-4. I suspect 6 is handled via RF but not sure about doing it on a local network. Number 5 is maybe something not available but as a software developer I could put together myself if APRSIS32 has some kind of hooks (API?), virtual ports, or AGW's networking capability.

All help appreciated. I will reciprocate by documenting the system as I get it working.


--
- 73 -
Rud Merriam K5RUD
Emergency Coordinator
Montgomery County ARES®
Mystic Lake Software


Re: MFJ Dropping out of KISS mode...

Greg D
 

All MFJ TNCs? I have an MF 1278T, and it's definitely stuck in KISS mode. Simply power cycling it does not result in the Cmd: prompt returning. I needed to close down APRSIS32 in some orderly manner (I forget the wrist action I had to employ) to get it back.

The TNC was not new to me, but I think the ROM is stock.

Greg KO6TH

-----Original Message-----
From: "Randy Love" <rlove31@...>
To: aprsisce@...
Sent: 5/16/11 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] MFJ Dropping out of KISS mode...

unfortunately, no.

when we ran mfj tncs for the bbs that needed the mfj to be in kiss mode, we
had to replace the eeprom with a kiss only one, that was aftermarket and i
have no idea where to get them now. besides, i think they cost about the
same as a tt4 or otusb if you could find them now.

WF5X


Re: Saturday Foxhunt

James Ewen
 

On Mon, May 16, 2011 at 7:53 AM, czajkaej <czajkaej@...> wrote:

Sorry for the delayed response, our local ARES unit is currently
deployed in support of an emergency evacuation for the town of Slave
Lake due to wildfires. We are supporting the evacuation of about
10,000 individuals from the affected area. Around 1/3 of the buildings
in town have been destroyed by the fire, and our mobile repeater/HF
station is currently on air relaying information into and out of the
affected area as most commercial communications into the area have
been affected.

As for suggestions/recommendations:
Could we slipstream the data entering process with either a preset for some values?
Could we auto name a DF object and increment a number at the end, and pre-populate the data?
That is done already. Right click on the desired spot on the map, and
select the bottom item on the list, which is the lat/long of the
selected point. A submenu will open up, and from there, select New DF
@ Center, and from that sub menu, select the desired DF slice
accuracy. The Object creation dialog will open up with DF as the group
name populated, and a suggested object name that is auto incremented
as more objects are made. My name ends up being SRV.DF.x where x is a
number that increments. The autonaming uses my suffix, and DF showing
it is a df object, and a number. One still needs to select whether the
object is sent via RF or IS, or both. Your default path is populated,
but as with all items in the dialog, one can change any of them before
clicking accept.

Sequence of events:
Configure, Objects, Create
Create Object at Center of Screen? Yes
Click "DF"
Set Bearing
Set Range
  (Could be a setting pre-populate)
Set Quality
Click Accept
  (Once you click accept, we could pull a value from the settings, and append a number on the end, then use the result as the object name here)
Name the Object something unique
Set an Interval value greater than "0"
  (Autoset to a settings value, like a default of 10)
Turn on either "Via-IS" or "Via-RF" or both
  (Can we make this a setting that will preset)
Check the "Enabled" box
  (If I am creating an object, don't I want to see it? Default enabled, maybe)
So, of all those things above, most are prepopulated and enabled.

James
VE6SRV


Re: Emergency Temporary APRSIS32 / D72A Setup Needed

Alan Waye <wayealan@...>
 

would be a help from someone with more knowledge than me because im new to this aprs


Dayton Travel

K3RWN
 

I will be running my APRSIS on the trip to Dayton.  I will be looking for other travelers and hope to catch up with them on 2 meters voice

 

Rich


Re: Map Suggestions?

Mark, KE6BB
 

2. I need to see some of the small towns on the route.
I don't know if this will help, but consider adding MapQuest Aerial maps. They won't help give you bolder maps, but you can't beat the detail. They are aerial photos of the US, but don't include any labels such as city names, highway numbers, etc. You can, however, switch between OSM maps and MapQuest Aerial easily once the tiles are downloaded. It is on the wiki, but here is the info:

Name: MapQuest Aerial
Server: oatile3.mqcdn.com
URL: /naip/

In the area of Richards, it appears the problem with the OSM maps isn't that there isn't any detail, but that the labels need some work. Labels for the major highways don't show up until you get down to the detail street level, and at that point, the town name disappears. In fact, the town name appears at only one zoom level, so that makes the map very difficult to navigate.

Sounds like I need to retire, log on to OSM and go to work!

Mark
KE6BB


Emergency Temporary APRSIS32 / D72A Setup Needed

barry_keating
 

It would be very useful if someone who has actually set up the D72A with
APRSIS32 to act as an iGate/Digipeater would create a document to indicate exactly how to set this up: both the D72A menu options and the APRSIS32 options.

Such a document would be VERY useful to emergency services like the Red Cross that need a temporary Digipeater/iGate. Our local emergency services would be very grateful for s set of instructions. Perhaps we could place the document in the "Files" section of this Yahoo Group.

Just enumerating all the menu options chosen in both programs would be of great service to the wider community! Put your callsign on the document and we'll name the setup after you!


Re: MFJ Dropping out of KISS mode... [1 Attachment]

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

On 5/16/2011 4:51 PM, kc8sfq@... wrote:
I think I saw something in the wiki where I can set an APRSIS-32 parameter to restart the TNC link every X minutes. That might be a work around until my OT2 gets here.

Not exactly.  I suspect you're referring to the Quiet Time setting on the Port configuration page.  This will probably not help you, but you can decide.  The idea is to set this to a value longer than the longest time period expected between packet receptions.  If you're in a busy area, setting this to something like 60 seconds is probably sufficient.  If you're using the TNC on HF, then even 12 hours (worth of seconds) might not be long enough.

If APRSISCE doesn't get any traffic in the configured time period, it will internally disable and re-enable the port.  This means that the s are executed, the connection/port is closed, re-opened, and the s are then executed.  Given that your s put the TNC into KISS mode, this would seem ideal.

However, the problem comes in the definition of "traffic".  Traffic is considered to be ANY data from the port, regardless of whether or not that data is parseable.  This means that the raw packets that are triggering the "Missing leading C0" errors is sufficient to reset the Quiet timer.  So, I suspect it'll never time out.  Back to where you are now.

Depending on what the data is that comes from the TNC, and what the TNC does with output data, you MIGHT be able to configure a TEXT port and disable Xmit on it.  A TEXT mode port expects a fully-TNC2 formatted ASCII packet on the inbound side and will transmit a fully formed TNC2 packet on the output side.  The input will probably work, but I suspect the TNC wants to put its own AX.25 header on the outbound so you'd end up transmitting invalid packets.  But at least you could be receiving over RF while waiting for the OT2m to come in.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

PS.  Once I get back into having time for development, I'm hoping to support a HOST/CONVerse mode TNC which will do its own MYCALL and UNPROTO xxxx VIA yyyyy, and CONVerse commands to transmit packets.  It won't work as a Digi (because it can't transmit used* path components), but should work as a bi-directional IGATE.




Re: MFJ Dropping out of KISS mode...

kc8sfq
 


N8DEU, Tim and WF5X Randy:

Thanks for the replies. I just talked to MFJ on the phone. (Before I opened my e-mail) They confirmed that I need a different EEPROM (or re-flash).

I was impressed that they would take time for me with my antique TNC. I have an OT2m on order from Argent, That should solve the problem. I was just trying to get going while I wait for Scott to build it.

This old TNC is getting a bit long in the tooth. I'm unlikely to spend any $ to update it, especially since I have the OT2 coming anyway. It'll still work just fine for regular packet, and I can use it to monitor the local packet channel. I even have a similarly antique desk top computer that'll be just right to go with it.

I think I saw something in the wiki where I can set an APRSIS-32 parameter to restart the TNC link every X minutes. That might be a work around until my OT2 gets here.

Lynn won't toot his own horn, so I'll toot it for him. He has been helping me off list as we sort this thing out. He asked me to upload logs to him from my incident of APRSIS32, and that was how he diagnosed my TNC problem.

Lynn, you're a prince, Thanks

73' KC8SFQ,  Ron


Re: Saturday Foxhunt

James Ewen
 

I'll work on that streamlined document tonight.

There's a bit better way to post DF objects than what you posted, but
I'm training a bunch of new employees currently.

James
VE6SRV

On 5/16/11, Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr) <kj4erj@...> wrote:
The latest version of APRSISCE/32 has some better support for DFing.
The most visible being the highlight of where your cones overlap as
shown at http://tinyurl.com/3r676ps



Also, I can't get the full sequence written down here, but the creation
of objects has been streamlined using mouse clicks on the map. Maybe
James can resurrect his knowledge on it and let you know.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 5/16/2011 9:53 AM, czajkaej wrote:
I just posted it, here is the link to it:
http://ki6psp.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-fox-hunt-in-indian-wells-valley.html

Objects posted to APRS-IS, origin: KI6PSP-3, or search for zip code 93555
Note: The site doesn't do the slices. See screenshot on my blog.

As for suggestions/recommendations:
Could we slipstream the data entering process with either a preset for
some values?
Could we auto name a DF object and increment a number at the end, and
pre-populate the data?

Sequence of events:
Configure, Objects, Create
Create Object at Center of Screen? Yes
Click "DF"
Set Bearing
Set Range
(Could be a setting pre-populate)
Set Quality
Click Accept
(Once you click accept, we could pull a value from the settings, and
append a number on the end, then use the result as the object name here)
Name the Object something unique
Set an Interval value greater than "0"
(Autoset to a settings value, like a default of 10)
Turn on either "Via-IS" or "Via-RF" or both
(Can we make this a setting that will preset)
Check the "Enabled" box
(If I am creating an object, don't I want to see it? Default enabled,
maybe)

Thank you Lynn for all your hard work, I had fun using this program for my
hunt. I can honestly say, I had a tactical advantage over the others on
this hunt, 1 was a good mapping system, the other was an antenna that
wouldn't collapse in the wind.

KI6PSP


--- In aprsisce@..., "Lynn W Deffenbaugh (Mr)"<kj4erj@...>
wrote:
Wonderful! Can you possibly enable your DF objects for APRS-IS
distribution and let us all see what real data looks like?

Please feel free to post an announcement here when the blog article is
posted as well. I'm sure more than just me wants to read how it works.

Finally, if you noticed anything that can be made better/smoother,
please post it here also.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32

On 5/15/2011 9:53 AM, czajkaej wrote:
The local club had a fox hunt this last Saturday, and I used APRSISCE32
in an ofline mode to isolate the general location, and I managed to
arrive about 20 minutes ahead of the others.

Thank You Lynn for accepting my suggestion, and adding RDF
functionality. I will be writing an article for the local club, and will
probably post it to my blog as well.

Http://ki6psp.blogspot.com

Ed
KI6PSP


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Re: Object placement

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

On 5/16/2011 3:38 PM, Rud Merriam wrote:
> Next question is how to communicate between two instances without going through the internet to the main servers. What I am after here is running one instance zoomed out to show a section of the race course and one zoomed in so I can precisely position the leader to a specific location.

Make it a single instance.  Use a MultiTrack sized out pretty large for the main view and use a reduced-size Main window zoomed in to do your object manipulations.  Or do they need to be on two different machines?

> Next, next question is how to mark a route that the cyclists will be following. Maybe this is through an overlay?

Draw lines.  Right click at the bottom end of the line, select the coordinates, Create Shape HERE, select Line Down/Right or Line Down/Left (yes, I know, you have to know the direction of the line, I didn't write the spec, but the line will actually go UP from your selected point).  Note that it automatically provides an object name based on your callsign.  Enable with no Vias is displayed locally only.

After Accepting the initial line, you can move the other end by right clicking where you want it to be, select the coordinates, then Stretch HERE.  The non-symbol'd line end will move to where you originally right clicked.  Note that this ONLY works if you are centered on the line object you want to manipulate, which is the default right after creating the object.

If you are RF or -IS connected, you can enable the appropriate Via(s) and others will see your lines as well.

If you put your objects into a named group that starts with a ? and have Vias enabled on them, others can ask your system to transmit those objects on demand by sending your instance an APRS message that contains "?".  For instance, if you change the default Shape group for your lines to ?Course and enable them via -IS and/or RF, then someone can send "?Course" to your object-owning station and it will transmit the objects in that group, limited by a maximum of Configure / Objects / Max Group Objects.  A wonderful way to distribute collections of objects on demand.

> Just FYI, this is for an Ironman competition in The Woodlands, TX this Saturday. We are monitoring the bike riders through a section of a national forest where cell coverage is very spotty. This is the first year for the event.

Bummer, I'll be airborne and won't be able to watch, although it sounds like you may not even be doing RF but strictly manual updates on a local instance?

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32



On 5/16/2011 3:38 PM, Rud Merriam wrote:

Thanks, James,

Next question is how to communicate between two instances without going through the internet to the main servers. What I am after here is running one instance zoomed out to show a section of the race course and one zoomed in so I can precisely position the leader to a specific location.

Next, next question is how to mark a route that the cyclists will be following. Maybe this is through an overlay?

I did find another answer to my question about maps being bolder - change the transparency using the right/left arrows. I am reading the Wiki!  Now to find a map server that gives me maps with a little more details, like town names, at about level 4 or 5 zoom.

Just FYI, this is for an Ironman competition in The Woodlands, TX this Saturday. We are monitoring the bike riders through a section of a national forest where cell coverage is very spotty. This is the first year for the event.

- 73 -
Rud Merriam K5RUD
Emergency Coordinator
Montgomery County ARES®
Mystic Lake Software

On 5/16/2011 1:37 AM, James Ewen wrote:
 

On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM, Rud Merriam <k5rud@...> wrote:

> Is there a way to manually place an object on the map showing, say, the
> leader of a cycling event. Then move that object as reports are received?

Yes... right click on the spot that you want to put the object, and
then select the last item on the pop up dialog that lists the lat/long
of the spot you just selected. From that submenu, select create object
here, and fill in the appropriate details.

Use a similar technique to move the object... right click on the new
spot for the object, select the last item (lat/long), and the select
move xxxxx here, where xxxxx is the name of the object you just
created.

James
VE6SRV



Re: Object placement

Lynn Deffenbaugh
 

On 5/16/2011 3:38 PM, Rud Merriam wrote:


Re: Object placement

Fred Hillhouse
 

 
The tile server data for MidnightCommand and RedAlert has been changed to allow for better band width I think. There a re now four servers, a-d available now. This is my setting to fetch from the b server. [Note to WIKI editor, this might be addressed at some point.]
b.tile.cloudmade.com
 
Check this site:
 
There are several styles available. You can see them by clicking on Edit Map Style. I don't know what all can be done, but if you play around with the map editing, you might be able to create what you need. And, once you are done, they can be rendered and downloaded. And you can share!
 
I bet zoom level 4 and 5 would be too distant form town names. I can see most of the US at level 5. Even level 10 has about a 40 mile circle on my monitor.
 
Make an object for the area and we can easily find it.
 
Best regards,
Fred, N7FMH
 


From: aprsisce@... [mailto:aprsisce@...] On Behalf Of Rud Merriam
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 15:39
To: aprsisce@...
Subject: Re: [aprsisce] Object placement

 

Thanks, James,

Next question is how to communicate between two instances without going through the internet to the main servers. What I am after here is running one instance zoomed out to show a section of the race course and one zoomed in so I can precisely position the leader to a specific location.

Next, next question is how to mark a route that the cyclists will be following. Maybe this is through an overlay?

I did find another answer to my question about maps being bolder - change the transparency using the right/left arrows. I am reading the Wiki!  Now to find a map server that gives me maps with a little more details, like town names, at about level 4 or 5 zoom.

Just FYI, this is for an Ironman competition in The Woodlands, TX this Saturday. We are monitoring the bike riders through a section of a national forest where cell coverage is very spotty. This is the first year for the event.

- 73 -
Rud Merriam K5RUD
Emergency Coordinator
Montgomery County ARES®
Mystic Lake Software

On 5/16/2011 1:37 AM, James Ewen wrote:

 

On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 11:51 PM, Rud Merriam <k5rud@...> wrote:

> Is there a way to manually place an object on the map showing, say, the
> leader of a cycling event. Then move that object as reports are received?

Yes... right click on the spot that you want to put the object, and
then select the last item on the pop up dialog that lists the lat/long
of the spot you just selected. From that submenu, select create object
here, and fill in the appropriate details.

Use a similar technique to move the object... right click on the new
spot for the object, select the last item (lat/long), and the select
move xxxxx here, where xxxxx is the name of the object you just
created.

James
VE6SRV