[aprssig] APRS Object creation (in TH-D74)

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Fri Jan 20 10:35:29 EST 2017

Great work with APRS and situational objects.

Finally with the TH-D74 we Can do objects!

Someone reported that they had to manually eneter the object position.  I
hope that is not the case.  The radio shold insert the PRESENT position as
the default for the object, since that is usually where you are standing
and seeing the situation.  You can bump up or down the hundredths for every
20 meters north/south/east or west of where you are.   Bob

*From:* aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] *On Behalf Of *Fred
*Sent:* Friday, January 20, 2017 10:11 AM
*To:* 'Bob Harris'; 'TAPR APRS Mailing List'
*Subject:* [aprssig] APRS Object creation WAS: APRS Symbol Look Up Table

HI Bob,

I commute and it is typically an hour plus ride. The information can be
very useful!

When I used an older tablet (WebDT) connected to my TNC I would post
accidents when it was convenient. This was typically while actually stopped
in traffic or moving very slowly. I use APRSIS32 which allowed me to create
an object at my location. After a bit of experimentation, I ended up
creating a series of objects that I could turn on or off more conveniently.
I only had to remember to kill the object although that wasn’t a big deal.
For a time, I would get a text for accidents as well. When I could, I would
move the object to the area of the accident, (e.g, Exit @ mile marker 32).
This was not practical while moving for obvious safety reasons.

After replacing my WedDT with a Winbook 7 I realized this isn’t going to
happen simply because the screen resolution is just too small to control
with a fingertip.

Did anyone use the data? I’ll probably never know. However, I did see a few
others pop up occasionally after I started.

While commuting, I run WAZE on my phone which keeps me updated to the road
conditions (e.g., accidents). WAZE has an easy way to create “objects” that
makes marking various things while driving. I create an “object” anytime I
come upon them unless someone has already done so. Various object include;
accident, object in road, road construction, etc. Operation is simple.
There is a single button that brings up a “keypad” menu. From that menu,
each item breaks into smaller choices. To create an accident object, the
third press selects where the accident is located and the fourth sends the
data. One of the beauties is that when the object is sent, it uses the
location where the “create object” was first used. So if conditions don’t
allow a quick completion, it still puts the object where it belongs. For a
quick peek at some features check out:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze I use it every time
I am in my vehicle. I like the situational awareness! For that reason I
recommend it!

Something similar to the WAZE application would be sweet!  As part of an
existing APRS application seems to be best since that would wrap everything
into a single application.

Best regards,

Fred N7FMH

*From:* aprssig [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] *On Behalf Of *Bob Harris
*Sent:* Friday, January 20, 2017 8:20 AM
*To:* TAPR APRS Mailing List
*Subject:* Re: [aprssig] APRS Symbol Look Up Table

Kenneth got me thinking.

I see some of the symbols are for weather-related conditions (rain, fog,
mist, tornado, blowing snow, ...). I wonder if anyone actually uses them?
By putting out objects?  If so, it must take a lot of attention to the
current conditions and a lot of time spent on the radio (or computer). The
adage here is if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!

On 1/18/2017 8:49 PM, Kenneth Finnegan wrote:

In the interest of making it easier to look up symbol codes, I've made a
lookup table which has the symbol code, the primary symbol, and the
secondary symbol all on top of each other as opposed to the three adjacent
tables on the aprs.org page:

Thanks again to Hessu for curating the icon set used to generate this table.

Kenneth Finnegan, W6KWF


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