[aprssig] Canadian maps and ops
Stephen H. Smith
WA8LMF2 at aol.com
Thu Aug 19 03:09:55 EDT 2004
Joe Della Barba wrote on 8/18/2004, 7:17 PM:
> Are there any mapping programs with good coverage of Canada?
> Do any of them work with APRS+SA?
> Anyone know the regs for operating APRS in Canada?
> 73 De N3HGB
Nothing works with APRSplus except the now-discontinued classic version
Street Atlas Ver 9 or earlier (Ver 9 data is now about 4 years old).
The only apps that can provide fully zoomable, interactive street-level
display in Canada are APRSpoint (or UI-View32 combined with the
Both programs depend on also having Microsoft MapPoint 2002 or 2004.
This application provides street-level detail for all of the US and
Canada and major roads (but not local streets) in Mexico. It is a
massive, sluggish, resource-hogging typical Microsoft application, but
the detail, accuracy of the road database, and user interface are very
good. I wouldn't suggest trying to use it on anything less than a 500
or 600 MHz P2 or P3 with at least 128MB RAM (Win98) or 256 MB RAM (Win
2K or XP).
APRSpoint is actually an add-in for MapPoint, while UI-View runs
MapPoint as an external separate application and passes data to it via
the UI-Point add-in.
UI-View can also use Undertow Precision Mapping for it's zoomable map
database. Currently UI-View only supports PMap Vers 5 and 6 (both now
discontinued) which only cover the US. PMap 7.0 just released this
month does cover Canada as well as the US, but UI-View doesn't yet work
with it. Rumor has it that an UI-View update is forthcoming to make it
work, but the time frame is uncertain.
When UI-View is enabled to work with PMap 7.0 it will be by far the
least expensive appoach to full Canadian mapping since MapPoint costs
several hundred dollars while PMap is only about $50 or $60.
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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