[aprssig] Live APRS mapping in the UK. NG :-(

Tim Makins tim.ei8ic at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 09:47:12 CST 2005

I do live UK mapping on 1x1 degree tiles thanks to data from K4HG - see my
APRS pages.

Greater scales could be available, but it all takes time to do, and most
hams are too-tight-fisted to support anything like that. 'Free' is very
popular, but anything else...

73s Tim EI8IC
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Baxter" <dave at emv.co.uk>
To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at lists.tapr.org>
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 3:38 PM
Subject: [aprssig] Live APRS mapping in the UK. NG :-(


Out of interest, and as a paid up and registered user of Anquet Map's, and
knowing that application can import and export paths, objects etc, I asked
them what information could be available to put together something like the
PMap server used in the US, but to work with their mapping program, and
other app's like Ui-View etc...

Well, I guess from what they said technicaly it is doable, but...

"Unfortunately our license agreement with the OS stop our software from
integrating with other software"

Is the reply I got.   It would appear from other comments, they know of APRS
and Ui-View in particular.  Guess I'm not the first to ask..

So, that's it then..  If we want the UK equivilent of PrecisionMaps, from
whoever, it's going to cost, 1000's of £'s (UKP's) for the individual
concerned...  It would appear that the OS (Ordnance Survey) do not allow the
re-use of their data...

So I think, what about sites like Mapserver, Streetmap and others, who can
produce OS 1:50,000 "tiles" to order.  Guess that's why they are so heavily
tied in with all the spam and advertising, to cover the cost of the

Whatever, it would seem that in the UK at least, we'll never have anything
half decent (legaly) in the way of OS map's and APRS, unless you can get a
live 'net connection all the time.  And that costs too, anything up to 10
quid a meg for GPRS, depending on who and where you get it from.

Unimpressed of Milton Keynes....

Dave G0WBX.

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