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[aprssig] Another APRS hidden feature

John Zaruba Jr aa2bn at comcast.net
Sun Jun 10 15:37:20 UTC 2007


Hi Folks,

I haven't seen this discussed (in my memory) but there is another way  
to use APRS tactically.

If your GPS unit has road routing capabilities, and your APRS device  
has a waypoint feature (like the D7, D700, and HamHUD II) you can use  
the route to waypoint feature to navigate to an APRS object.

One example is to use an APRS Client program to create an object,  
like a shelter, and broadcast it on RF where it is picked up by the  
APRS device and exported to the attached GPS as a waypoint.  In my  
case, I use a Garmin GPSMap 60csx, I select the waypoint and pick  
"follow roads", and either "shortest distance" or "shortest time" and  
the GPS plots a route to the APRS object. I was helping a new ham  
learn APRS last night, and we found that his Magellan unit (sorry but  
I didn't get the model number) has the same functionality.

I plan to use this on Field Day to help people find our site if  
they're not familiar with it's location.

Just some food for thought...

73,

John AA2BN




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