[aprssig] APRS Object creation WAS: APRS Symbol Look Up Table

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Fri Jan 20 15:36:40 EST 2017

> On Jan 20, 2017, at 10:23 AM, Jason KG4WSV <kg4wsv at gmail.com> wrote:
> While commuting, I run WAZE on my phone which keeps me updated to the road conditions (e.g., accidents).
> too bad there's no way to get at the WAZE data other than the app.  

I don't find it useful, not nearly specific enough. Every state where I've needed it in my travels has 511 traffic sites with detailed info of road closures and often highway cams that are far more useful, giving specifics of the problems, ETAs until clearance, of alternate routes if available.

> between WAZE and the other google speed data, there's just no way for a few mobile hams to do anything useful in comparison.
But mobile internet is so ubiquitous these days who cares? Yes, I can hear the screams already. In an emergency when the internet is out then you can enter significant events manually. That is a much better answer than to flood the country with computer generated data the duplicates what is available from many other sources.
> I've also thought about fixed APRS speed sensors (radar, etc) along highways to provide info about traffic flow.  Might be useful in some emergency situations, e.g. hurricane evac? but emergency management probably has something so basic already covered.
Here in the Keys there are traffic speed and count sensors in the road that feed by RF (non-ham) directly to the EOC. I'm sure any other area dependent on single evac routes has similarly prepared.

Steve K4HG

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