[aprssig] findU and RSS

Eric H. Christensen kf4otn at ericsatcom.net
Sat May 21 22:08:54 EDT 2005

BRAVO BRAVO!  I've really started to use RSS feeds in my web designs.
 (www.mhxskywarn.org and others)

I'd be most interested in seeing what you can put together.

kf4otn at amsat.org

Quoting Steve Dimse <steve at dimse.com>:

> Over the next couple weeks I'll be adding RSS feeds to findU. If
> you
> don't know, RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, and is a way
> to
> consolidate headlines and links into a newsfeed. I'd played a bit
> with this, but until I saw it integrated into the new version of
> Mac
> OS I didn't realize how cool this could be, especially as it
> relates
> to findU. Unlike most sites where there is one or a small set of
> news
> feeds, findU will support custom feeds.
> So far I have one example done, the weather warnings. This works
> very
> much like the weather warning cgi:
> http://www.findu.com/cgi-bin/warn-near.cgi?
> exclude=go&call=k4hg-8&nomap=1
> but the URL is:
> feed://rss.findu.com/warn.cgi?call=k4hg&max=1500
> You have to look at this on an RSS enabled program, otherwise it
> is
> just jibberish, but the way it works is at defined intervals the
> newsreader (in my case Safari, Apple's web browser) fetches the
> feed
> and looks for new news items, in this case weather warnings within
> 1500 miles of K4HG's location. Any new items are flagged by the
> browser, and the user knows there is new news on this channel.
> The next things I'll be doing are message feeds and a near
> function.
> You can be automatically notified if a new station appears near
> you,
> or if someone sends you an APRS message! After that there will be
> a
> position function, where you can track individual stations, and of
> course weather feeds...I can see lots of potential here.
> I'm open to any ideas on this, feel free to comment...
> Steve K4HG
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