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[aprssig] Dumb FindU question

Danny Messano danny at messano.net
Thu Mar 29 07:37:51 UTC 2007

I think what he is asking, and probably what others have wondered before is,
"what is the right way to use FindU?".  He appears to have worked out how to
substitute the CGIs as intended, but was wondering if there were search
boxes or the like that he had not seen.

>From FindU.com.. "Directly creating a URL by editing the parameters is not
meant for beginners, though by reading the documentation and experiementing
a bit, anyone should be able to get the results they are after. Other people
have written web pages that allow you to enter requests to findU via forms,
this is an easier way to build the URL you need."

To answer your question Steve, "Yes, that is the right way".  

To me, that's the beauty of FindU.. Once you learn what is available on the
site, you can craft links however you need, and use them on your sites for
delivering very specific displays of data to end users.  

If you are looking at making a large group of queries, or are uncertain how
the CGI's work, there are a lot of great sites out there with just the
"enter this here" search criteria one may want.

Danny Messano

-----Original Message-----
From: aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]
On Behalf Of Stephen H. Smith
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:34 AM
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Dumb FindU question

noskosteve at yahoo.com wrote:
> OK, OK, OK.
> I admit it.  I'm pretty thick at times.  I've been playing w/APRS for 5-6
years now with the D700.
>  FindU is really neat and Steve (nice name), and the others responsible
(Bob etc.), deserves all
> the kudos possible.   BUT
> How in the heck are you *supposed to* do a search on FindU ??
> The position report page comes up with Steve on it.  I have just been
mungeing the URL in the
> browser, substituting my call all these long years.  Is this the *right*
way ??   

You are apparently just entering http://www.findu.com into your browser and
then navigating links to get to the map which defauts to K4HG.

To go directly to your own callsign (or anyone else's) enter:

   < http://map.findu.com/callsign > 

          i.e. you would enter:

   < http://map.findu.com/k9>dci-9


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