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[aprssig] Dumb tracker question

Robbie, wa9inf mwrobertson at comcast.net
Sat Sep 30 20:25:59 UTC 2006


scott at opentrac.org wrote:

>Could be.  I was running in Garmin mode, and there may be a glitch in the
>calculation.  It comes from the GPS receiver in meters/second North and East
>- takes a bit of math to get it to degrees and knots.  The arctangent
>function takes a lot of processor time and stack space, so it's a prime
>candidate for weird glitches.  I'll probably replace it with an
>approximation when I get a chance.  For APRS purposes, it doesn't need to be
>accurate to more than a degree or so.
>
>Scott
>N1VG 
>
Please explain that statement Scott,  "For APRS purposes, it doesn't 
need to be accurate to more than a degree"! A degree in any purpose 
seems to be far out!! :-)  What were you suggesting?

Robbie

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>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org 
>>[mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org] On Behalf Of Tyson S.
>>Sent: Saturday, September 30, 2006 11:59 AM
>>To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
>>Subject: Re: [aprssig] Dumb tracker question
>>
>>I was watching Scott drive North on highway 101 when he was 
>>testing the
>>new T2-135 and his heading was wrong most of the time. I don't know if
>>that is because of the tracker, or APRS-IS. When his heading should
>>have been something like 20-30 (NNE) is was something like 180 or 270
>>or some other weird direction.
>>
>>--- Earl Needham <needhame1 at plateautel.net> wrote:
>>
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>>>A friend of mine runs a tracker as W5ROY-15, and when I see 
>>>      
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>>him on my
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>>>HamHUD, his heading is usually incorrect, sometimes by as 
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>>much as 180
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>>>degrees.
>>>
>>>Am I remembering correctly that some TNC's do something odd like
>>>that? Or
>>>could it be something else that's causing this?
>>>
>>>Thanks,
>>>Earl
>>>
>>>
>>>Earl Needham, KD5XB, Clovis, New Mexico DM84jk
>>>
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Please explaing that statement Scott,





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