[aprssig] APRS Frequency info?
kb8uih at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 5 17:07:39 CDT 2008
I looked at Bob's web page with a Gateway widescreen
laptop and just had to wiggle the display back and
forth a little to get a good look at the pictures. We
are just all amateurs and produce what we can for
others to see and use. I am glad Bob did what he did.
--- "Stephen H. Smith" <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:
> Robert Bruninga wrote:
> > Good point. Things on my APRS web pages first
> come to light as
> > fuzzy ideas. Then a web page goes up. THen as we
> learn and
> > refine, more and more gets added. I agree, the
> result is a
> > ramble. Ill try to clean it up a bit. But it
> should be noted
> > that that page serves two purposes.
> > 1) Educate all of HAM Radio, (not just APRS users)
> about the
> > importance that Frequency can have in our daily
> > That was the original ARRL initiative to which we
> > after Katrina.
> > 2) Show people how to do it.
> If you are going to refer people to this page for
> instructions on HOW TO
> DO IT ,
> then the HOW TO DO IT paragraphs should be AT or
> NEAR THE TOP (Or at least
> a link near the top to an anchor lower down on the
> page, with something
> "Jump to Detailed Setup Instructions Lower Down On
> This Page"
> > OK, I tried to smooth up the details of the
> settings. But I
> > couldn't get rid of the background preceeding it,
> since I point
> > to this web page all the time for non-APRS users
> and ARRL VIP's
> > to hope they get the value of APRS in
> communicating local
> > frequency info...
> >> punctuated by a series of fuzzy low-contrast,
> >> low-res images of radio front panels.
> > You are right, some of them were taken with a
> Kenwood VCH-1 SSTV
> > camera over a decade ago.
> AARRGH!!!! One of the WORST imaging devices ever
> offered the public!
> (I have two of the VC-H1s and NEVER use the supplied
> camera head. I
> always use the NTSC monitor output of a decent
> digital camera as an
> image source for the VC-H1 -- it improves the image
> quality of
> transmitted images several hundred percent.)
> > That is all I had at the time. But
> > on the other hand, they sure load quickly! I for
> one, prefer
> > speed over image bloat any time especially when
> all we are
> > showing is text anyway. Kinda like the amateur
> mantra of using
> > the minimum bandwidth to communicate... I scrunch
> > All 2 MB photos by 16:1 or more before placing on
> my web pages.
> There is absolutely no reason whatsoever that these
> images should be
> remotely near 2MB, "scrunched" or "unscrunched".
> Further, they won't
> be any larger if they are IN FOCUS with DECENT
> CONTRAST!!! Invest 40
> bucks in a second-hand digital camera off Craigs
> List (I just bough a
> two-year-old Canon A75 Powershot for $45 that has
> zoom macrofocusing
> capability that can fill the entire field of view
> with a SHARP image of
> the screen of a TH-D7 at 18").
> Then twiddle the resulting images in Photoshop.
> Jack up the contrast,
> crop and resize from it's native multi-megapixel
> resolution to something
> like 320x240, reduce the color depth from
> photographic high-color to 256
> colors (you'll never notice the difference on screen
> shots or images of
> maps) and save as a GIF image. If you don't have
> PhotoShop, the
> freeware IrfanView program from
> <http://irfanview.com> can perform these
> operations just about as well.
> My webpage with the review of the Garmin Foretrex
> 201 wrist GPS shows
> what can be done to tweak images of small LCD
> screens (the Foretrex
> screen is only a little larger than the TH-D7s):
> <http://wa8lmf.net/Foretrex> (None of the
> images linked from
> this page are larger than 38K.)
> > I would welcome any better photo contributions.
> The ECHOLINK
> > and IRLP photos on the D7 need to be re-shot since
> I left out
> > the FREQUENCY on the second line.... Kinda silly,
> since that
> > was the whole point. And I only just noticed that
> >> A template with the exact format of this kind of
> >> object, along with a couple of example strings,
> needs to be
> >> the FIRST item on the page.
> > I take your suggestions and cleaned up the
> presentation a
> > little... But still, the formats come after intro
> > background, since that is the main point of this
> page to APRS
> > and non-APRS users alike. We need to get out the
> word that the
> > concept of operating frequency is as equally an
> > parameter about any station at least as important
> as his LAT and
> > LONG.
> > After all, we have radios to commnicate. And we
> have to know
> > frequency to do that... Not just put little icons
> on FINDU.
> This has nothing to do with effectively using page
> layout and
> typography to make the page readable, and the
> critical information
> easily findable.
> I think you need a WYSIWYG HTML editor rather than a
> simple ASCII text
> editor so that you can more easily control page
> layouts with multiple
> columns, multiple fonts, etc. A very nice basic
> FREEWARE HTML
> editor is available at:
> This is NOT a bloated "Web 2.0" app for creating
> pages massively loaded
> popups, cascading style
> sheets, etc. It is a small and fast open-source
> app for Windows, Mac
> and Linux that runs on modest hardware. It can
> toggle between an edit
> page that resembles MS Word, a traditional HTML code
> view, and a browser
> preview mode as you edit.
> Think of it as a FREE diet-sized version of MS
> Frontpage. Like
> Frontpage, it also includes a "site manager" feature
> that lets you see
> the connections between pages of the site, and an
> integrated FTP client
> for uploading to the server. It is ideal for the
> kind of relatively
> simple, primarily
> pages needed
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