[aprssig] Another APRS hidden feature

Wes Johnston, AI4PX wes at ai4px.com
Sun Jun 10 13:40:00 EDT 2007

This is a terrrific feature of my d700 and gpsmap276.  I had to move a
portable digipeater during a race event and on the way back from fetching
the digi, someone at the comm center plotted a point on the map where they
wanted me to place the portable digi at the other end of the course.  Worked
great!  All they had to do was plot it on the map and then call me by voice
to tell it it was there... I suppose entirely on aprs they could have txt
messaged the name of that waypoint to me so that I'd know to look for it.


On 6/10/07, John Zaruba Jr <aa2bn at comcast.net> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I haven't seen this discussed (in my memory) but there is another way
> to use APRS tactically.
> If your GPS unit has road routing capabilities, and your APRS device
> has a waypoint feature (like the D7, D700, and HamHUD II) you can use
> the route to waypoint feature to navigate to an APRS object.
> One example is to use an APRS Client program to create an object,
> like a shelter, and broadcast it on RF where it is picked up by the
> APRS device and exported to the attached GPS as a waypoint.  In my
> case, I use a Garmin GPSMap 60csx, I select the waypoint and pick
> "follow roads", and either "shortest distance" or "shortest time" and
> the GPS plots a route to the APRS object. I was helping a new ham
> learn APRS last night, and we found that his Magellan unit (sorry but
> I didn't get the model number) has the same functionality.
> I plan to use this on Field Day to help people find our site if
> they're not familiar with it's location.
> Just some food for thought...
> 73,
> John AA2BN
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