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[aprssig] Re: Re: FindU Maps Quirky

Steve Dimse steve at dimse.com
Mon Feb 7 18:43:12 UTC 2005


On 2/7/05 at 1:17 PM KC2MMi <kc2mmi at verizon.net> sent:

>Ray, you should be aware that it is not Findu that is quirky, but rather
>that Findu defaults to using the US Census TIGER map database.

Please read Jim's response on the subject. findU does not use any TIGER
database. The top map seen on the find.cgi page is generated by APRSWorld, findU
fetches the map from APRSWorld and plots the APRS positions on top of it. 

As he states, the coast issue is the result of using lower resolution coastline
data, a choice forced by limited computing resources. 

There are two potential solutions to this issue. Either the APRSworld mapping
system needs to get better hardware donated (Jim has a PayPal donate button on
aprsworld.net) or others need to step forward to set up their own map servers
which findU could use to split the load. Jim's map server uses open source map
tools and publicly available databases. Perhaps if others were willing to do
this Jim or someone else could write up some sort of how-to to help people to do
this.

Steve K4HG




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