[aprssig] New APRS Client, Request for Developers

Tyson S. timbercutter at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 18 19:43:38 EST 2006

Ok, as a user of APRS I'll take a stab a two feature requests that I am
dying to have. One, I want a stand alone APRS client that installs,
runs, and is as stable as UI-VIEW, I want to be able to connect to both
a TNC via a serial port, and to the TIER2 filtered port APRS-IS servers
to obtain packet data, BUT, what I really want to have is the ability
for this client to automatically download and permanently cache
Terraserver Topo maps and aerial images for areas of my choice, and not
one map at a time like UI-TERA for UI-VIEW, but a big area like a whole
State (Oregon). I guess if you were going to use .JPG's for maps the
client would need to set a maximum size of the map and then fill it
with tiles, then move on to the next map...? Something like 1024x768
Etc. Two, the other thing I would like to see is the ability to click
and drag either a square/rectangle, or better yet, multiple clicks to
make a polygon like in GIS software, but then assign callsign-ssid's to
these areas you make. If the client is connected to the Internet, it
will send an email to any address or addresses you choose for that area
when a call transmits it's position from within that area. Location
notification to cell phones with email addresses. You would need time
functions built in, for example I would want to receive an email from
the client software when A1BC-7 enters one of my polygons, but only
send one email per 24 hour period. Or I might want notification every
60 minutes, ETC. Wildcards would be good too, set a polygon around your
home town and when ANY callsign (except for the ones on your excluded
list, yeah we will need one of those) enters then you get a
notification(s), at your custom intervals.


--- Ben Jackson <bbj at innismir.net> wrote:

> Do you pine for the nice days of APRSdos when men were men and spent 
> hours slogging through configuration files? Are you without a nice 
> project and just dying to cut your teeth on an APRS client you can
> try 
> to modify for your needs? Are you finding it frustrating when
> everything 
> works out of the box on UI-View? Tired of all those snooty Linux 
> developers having all the fun coding their own APRS client? Then this
> post might be just for you :-)
> Over the past month, I've been messing about with a APRS client for 
> Windows of my own making, OpenAPRS. OpenAPRS was initially started 
> because I was bored, and wanted to see if I could work something out 
> that could interpret position reports. After showing it off to a few 
> people I knew, I wholeheartedly got the response of "Hey, you should 
> release this." So, I am.
> OpenAPRS is a Open Source APRS client written in C# that uses 
> Microsoft's .Net 2.0 libraries. As of right now, It's in what I would
> call a "usable" state. Working in basic areas, wholly lacking in
> others. 
> Thusly, I am not releasing this to the general public /just/ yet.
> However, what I am asking for is two fold:
> * Developers. I can't be the only APRS guy who codes in C#, right? 
> Anyone want to help?
> * Community Input. There a feature you've been longing for in APRS 
> clients? Now is your chance to get it. Just speak up! Right now, the
> one 
> person I've been discussing this with, has requested easily
> integrated 
> topology data, which I'm working on Other then that, the slate is
> clean.
> Currently, the most official thing I have for a home page is the 
> sourceforge project page: http://sourceforge.net/projects/openaprs.
> I've 
> also set up two mailing lists:
> openaprs-developers at lists.sourceforge.net 
> and openaprs-users at lists.sourceforge.net. I don't expect the -users
> list 
> to be too active for a bit. :D
> I've just now posted the code into CVS, so the curious can start
> pulling 
> the source code down and poking at it in what I hope will be a few
> hours 
> (SourceForge seems slow today). I coded in in Visual Studio 2005 
> Standard Edition, but I would assume that the (free) Express Editions
> will work as well. Let me know if otherwise.
> Questions? Comments? Rotten Tomatoes?
> 				~Ben
> -- 
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