[aprssig] Part 3/3: Updating APRS Clients (Consumer Needs)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Wed Jan 16 09:54:50 EST 2008

Yes, this is EXACTLY what APRS was designed to do.  Efficient
manipulation of OBJECTS to maintain the tactical picture.  Click
and enter, click and move!

Having a few GPS mobiles was nice, but we never expected there
to ever be enough GPS's.  So APRS was originally deisgned around
OBJECTS and INFO being managed by HAMS so that the served
situation participants could see what was going on.  APRS
participants and volunetters were expected to be "data entry"
points.  Then anyone could view the results. 

The problem is, everyone has been playing GPS and too often, no
one is entering data.  Bob, Wb4APR

> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Keith VE7GDH
>> Because as Bob has always said, most APRS 
>> users never learned how to effectively use 
>> the "manual object placement" features of 
>> APRS. For some reason everyone thinks you 
>> need  a GPS to do APRS....
> If anyone hasn't created an object before, 
> they should take the opportunity to do so now. 
> For UI-View users (and I know this includes
> you Brian) the easiest way is to just click 
> on the map and  hit F5. This automatically 
> enters the lat/long. Give it a meaningful 
> name, enter a suitable comment (e.g. bridge out, 
> power off, lost cow, free beer or whatever) 
> and select the correct symbol and you're done... 
> unless the cow was moving in each case you could 
> enter a speed and direction. 
> Check your "object interval" and set it as 
> appropriate to the situation. 
> Need to move it?
> Just ALT-drag it with your mouse. When you are 
> done just right-click on it and select delete.
>> you could easily have a ham who does not like 
>> to do the field response to easily help create 
>> a tactical map by simply listening at home to 
>> the nets, and the public safety scanner to place 
>> objects such as bridges out, road closures and 
>> the like that they hear...
> Those objects based on information from the field 
> could be really useful to the EOC as well as the 
> mobile users that can receive.
> 73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH

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