[aprssig] APRS Location to Text

Keith VE7GDH ve7gdh at rac.ca
Wed Apr 23 14:44:53 EDT 2008

William KI4HDU wrote...

> That type of text is the end result that I'm looking for; however, I'd
> rather know how findu generates that text so I could do it myself...

As pointed out, you can go to somewhere like findu.com, aprs.fi, 
db0anf.de etc. to see the location of an APRS station. If you want to 
"do it yourself" why don't you install an APRS client like UI-View 
www.ui-view.org or Xastir www.xastir.org ? Whether you are going to a 
website to view the data or viewing it in somethinig like UI-View, all 
it is really doing is placing a symbol with a callsign (or object name) 
attached to at the correct location based on the data that is included 
in the beacon.

> maybe with some custom locations that I insert.

With something like UI-View running, you could generate an APRS object 
at a location that you chose. Oh... you are already running UI-View with 
KI4HDU-4. Look in the help for OBJECT. The easiest way to generate one 
is to click on the map and the location it should be displayed at and 
hit F5. Check SETUP - MISC to set a reasonable "object interval" rate.

However, knowing now that you are running UI-View, maybe you meant 
exactly what you said...  how to "translate an APRS position into 
something human readable? For example, KI4HDU-7 is in Kodak, TN" rather 
than graphically seeing it on the map.

PS - you appear to be using an obsolete path from KI4HDU-7... 
RELAY,WIDE2-1  The "RELAY" part is obsolete in North America. Even if 
there are obsolete digis near that you still support RELAY, I would 
encourage anyone to not use RELAY. Be part of the solution instead of 
part of the problem. Same for KI4HDU-9 which is using RELAY,WIDE both of 
which are obsolete. The old RELAY and WIDE digis will cause all kinds of 
ping-ponging of locations because there isn't any dupe checking. 
KI4HDU-JS when last used didn't have a validated TCPIP connection.

73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!" 

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