[aprssig] The Ultimate APRS portable net control station ?

William McKeehan mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net
Thu May 26 13:00:08 EDT 2005


I have looked at the box that you built before...I must say you did a very
nice job.

I have an issue with UI-View...I can't make it work well for me. I don't have
any maps and I can't even figure out how to zoom to a location without a
specific map of that area. I have played with UI-View on and off for a while.
I generally play with it until I run into something that I can't figure out,
then life gets in the way and I generally never get around to figuring it out
and UI-View drops off my radar again.

Assuming that I get around my issues with UI-View, I still don't see that as
being the total solution for what I am wanting to do.

In addition to being able to serve "screen-capped" images, I want to serve up
images on demand (i.e., they select they want to see who is around Rest Stop
5, they click on Rest Stop 5 in a list of links and this opens a javAPRS page
zoomed to Rest Stop 5, showing stations around RS5 in real-time. Or they want
to see where SAG1 is, they click on SAG1 in the list of links, it opens a page
zoomed to SAG1 and will track SAG1. javAPRS would also let the end user zoom
the map to get the picture they need for whatever it is they are trying to
understand at that given point in time. It would also let them run a track of
a particular asset, like SAG1 - where has he been over the past hour? And the
number of views would not be limited by the number of UI-View instances that I
have running.


I want to add something like a log for Net control (and/or non-ham event
coordinators) to enter in information and to have that information available
to others in the area. This would let the event coordinators get a quick view
of what's going on, where everyone is, what issues are open, etc.

Some other things that this box should be able to provide are:
 a list of people involved - and how to contact them
 any documentation that was used during the planning of the event

To me, this box can be a very helpful communications tool...I just need to
think about it a bit more and setup things that will be easy to use during an
event and will bring value to the management of the event.

On Tue, May 24, 2005 11:11 pm, Stephen H. Smith said:
> If you would run Windows on the car computer, everything you describe
> can be done with a standard installation of UI-View.
> UI-View contains TWO server functions built-in.  One is a local server
> that emulates a standard APRServe Internet server that allows APRS apps
> on other nearby machines on a LAN to see whatever the first instance is
> hearing.   UI-View also contains an actual WEB server that can serve
> "Station Heard" lists AND  maps automatically screen-capped from the
> copy of UI-View that is hosting it.    Thus both your Wi-Fi- connected
> APRS operators running copies of UI-View (or any other APRS app that can
> connect to an Internet server),  and Wi-Fi-connected monitor-only
> "spectators" (using nothing more than a web browser) can be supported
> with no other software required.
> For an example of this, using THREE copies of UI-View to cap three
> different map views that are then presented on multiple pages of the
> same web site, see my personal UI-View webserver at:
>      http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/webserver/index.htm
> This is all being done with the built-in UI-Webserver in the first copy
> of UI-View, running over a consumer cable modem account.   This system
> is currently running under Windows 2000 on  a 1GHz  VIA EPIA-TC
> micro-ITX motherboard, along with an Echolink node, and an APRN
> (automatic off-air SSTV image captures & upload  to  another website.
> This particular VIA motherboard is ideal for your intended application
> since it operates directly from 12 VDC at about 1.5A drain,  with no
> power converter required, AND has TWO real serial ports (so hard to find
> on new PCs!)
> For details on how I built the webserver, sound card interfaces, TNCs
> and 3 radios into a standard PC tower case to make a completely
> self-contained "Super HamServer" see:
>       http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/EPIAserver/index.htm
> Stephen H. Smith             wa8lmf (at) aol.com
> Home Page:                   http://wa8lmf.com
> New APRS Symbol Chart
>   http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/miscinfo/APRS_Symbol_Chart.pdf
> New/Updated "Rev G" APRS     http://webs.lanset.com/wa8lmf/aprs
> Symbols Set for UI-View,
> UIpoint and APRSplus:

William McKeehan
Internet: mckeehan at mckeehan.homeip.net

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