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[aprssig] aprssig Digest, Vol 48, Issue 11

Tom Hayward tom at tomh.us
Wed Jun 11 16:49:41 UTC 2008

I don't use UI-View because the maps require planning time. I need an
APRS client for search and rescue. Maps need to be preloaded for most
of the state. Tiger shapefile maps work great for this (in Xastir). I
don't have internet at the trailhead, so Google maps are mostly
useless (though great when we have service!). In this case, I need
AGWTracker to do more offline than UI-View, not just support UI-View
maps. What I really want is a mapping suite that supports APRS, not an
APRS client that supports mapping. My dream client is DeLorme Topo
with full APRS functionality built in. I wonder if it could be done
with DLL hooks... (yes, I've tried dmapper, but it's incredibly sloppy
design and too hard to use. Plus, IIRC it does not support messaging
and generating objects)

I've only played with AGWTracker for about 30 minutes, and something
bothered me. A feature I knew I needed wasn't present, or not easy
enough for my SAR commrades to find. I'll have to play with it again
to remember what it was. Once I get Windows running in a virtual
machine I'm definitely going to give it another shot and try to
overcome my problem. I will credit AGWTracker as the best Windows APRS
client I have ever used.


On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 5:56 AM, Andy <andy at rickham.net> wrote:
>>> It is also mildly disappointing that I won't be able
>>> to play with this
>>> app (my OSs are all OS X or Linux), but we are
>>> blessed with Xastir,
>>> where Windows has been lacking in a good APRS app.
>>I am a daily XASTIR user because this is the case.
>>There is no decent UPDATEABLE Windows app left, that
>>is why I am targeting Windows. UI-View is dead and so
>>is Roger. The source code is gone, so it's time to
>>move on.
> Jason (et al),
> So what's wrong with AGWTracker?
> It runs under Windows XP and Vista. Uses UI-View maps and (if you're
> on-line) Google Maps and Yahoo Maps and many others. Includes most of the
> features you'd expect of a modern APRS client. Is under continuous
> development (I guess when you say "no decent UPDATABLE Windows app left" you
> may not have heard of it of course)!
> In my view it works much better than many of the other clients -- in
> particular by supporting the maps that are the only things we have outside
> the USA/Canada. Runs a treat with AGWDigi and, of course, AGWPE.
> Just a thought.
> --
> Regards
> Andy, G8TQH
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