[aprssig] APRS Search Engine --- Request for Comment

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 2 15:20:10 EDT 2008


   Looks very interesting.  Only poked it a bit so far.

Q: The Chat.
  That is simply a local chat?  
My display seems to jump periodically between top & bottom posting (Mac Safari)

Back to playing with it...

73, Steve, K9DCI

--- On Tue, 7/1/08, Gregory A. Carter <gcarter at openaprs.net> wrote:

> From: Gregory A. Carter <gcarter at openaprs.net>
> Subject: [aprssig] APRS Search Engine --- Request for Comment
> To: aprssig at lists.tapr.org
> Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 5:33 PM
> Hello all,
> I've been toying around with the idea of creating an
> APRS search engine that
> acts much the same way as web search engines only for ARPS
> data/packets.  I
> recently created a new site that uses the same backend as
> OpenAPRS (which on
> another note should be far more stable and reliable than it
> used to be) that
> allows you to basically search through the APRS data using
> a pretty simple
> search interface to find position reports, weather and
> telemetry.  I plan to
> implement more search features for messaging in the near
> future.  The site
> is at http://www.oaprs.net/ and the results point back to
> the "Info"
> interface on OpenAPRS's main site when a station is
> clicked, though much of
> the data is included right in the search results for quick
> lookups.  The
> engine will also search by FCC ULS and display both ULS
> information
> specifically or in addition to position/telemetry/weather
> reports.  Most
> everything is sortable by callsign, speed or age at the
> moment.
> There are some options like measurement units,
> geocoordinates display
> preferences (not quite implimented yet) and default
> timezone that can be set
> and searching can be narrowed by using several options
> inline with your
> query (you can find what I call "quibbles" or
> search options under the help
> link next to the search input box).  I am also pondering
> the idea of adding
> search capabilities for Satellite data and pass prediction
> in some sort of
> searchable format.  The basic idea I had for this search
> engine was to be
> able to "find" stations, whether they be stations
> you know the callsign for,
> stations you may know a partial callsign for or perhaps
> stations you just
> would like to find by the type of data they are offering to
> the APRS
> network.  I am also considering focusing on adding features
> that help to
> debug APRS packets quickly and easily for users who are
> learning to get
> their APRS stations dialed in and who feel a bit
> overwhelmed at the idea of
> hitting findu and trying to figure out the scripts.
> As I am not quite sure of the direction I want to take
> this, I wanted to get
> some input from the experts on how useful this interface
> would be and what
> suggestions for additions, subtractions or other design
> modifications/features would make this a powerful tool that
> would benefit
> the APRS community.  I'd love to hear any comments or
> constructive criticism
> that everyone may have to offer either on or off list, fire
> away!
> Greg
> NV6G (previously N7NXS)
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