[aprssig] APRSPoint

Wes Johnston aprs at kd4rdb.com
Wed Dec 1 22:31:22 CST 2004

Ummm.... Here is a shapelib for Houston TX...
ftp://ftp.mapshots.com/tiger/Texas/TGR48225.zip  .

You can install mepis linux (www.mepis.org) from a "live cd" in 15 to 30
minutes, once it is running on your HD, you can install xastir with the
following commands:
  su (super user mode)
  apt-get update
  apt-get install xastir
Now, simply unzip the TGR48225.zip file into the maps directory, and run xastir.
 You will have to tell xastir to index all maps so that it will find the new
ones you just added.  But even if you don't add any maps, out of the box,
xastir will display teraserver photos, tiger maps,and topo maps from
internet... if you happen to be connected.

Total time for a complete O/S install and xastir install for me was 35 minutes
with a 500mhz PC.  More like 15 minutes with my 2.8gig desktop PC.

Xastir reads 126 map formats, including WINAPRS and DOSaprs maps.  What more
could you want?  If you complain about inaccurate maps, the problem is the
source data, not xastir.  Check with your local GIS department for the latest
shapefiles for your county.  My local GIS has been able to provide me with
color photos which far exceed those on microsoft teraserver... you can
literally see the individual shingles on the roof of my house.


Quoting "Mark A. Lewis" <mark at siliconjunkie.net>:

> The problem isn't the lack of maps per se. It is the well, "uglyness" of
> the maps, and lack of accuracy. There was a thread here the other day
> about just that. Yes, you can make your own maps, but I do not have the
> patience or the desire to do so. With APRSPoint, you hit the ground
> running with accurate maps of the whole US, no muss, no fuss.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Curt Mills
> Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 9:57 PM
> To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> Subject: RE: [aprssig] APRSPoint
> On Wed, 1 Dec 2004, Mark A. Lewis wrote:
> > Other than that, mapwise, it is the best option out there. UI-View has
> > more options/features, but the lack of maps is a killer, same with
> Huh?  Xastir and lack of maps in the same sentence?  Something wrong
> there...
> Xastir handles more types of maps by far than any other client, plus has
> the latest street data.  2003 Tiger data not good enough for your
> purposes?
> --
> Curt, WE7U.				archer at eskimo dot com
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