[aprssig] OFF-LIST Re: APRS Messenger v2.37 now has GPS HF beaconing
chrism at crosscountrywireless.net
Sat Mar 6 13:26:09 CST 2010
> 1) It appears that the exclamation mark "!" (that is the prefix for
> an APRS position string) before the latitude is missing.
OK, in APRS position formats "!" is the symbol for no APRS messaging
available, "=" is the symbol for APRS messaging available. You can still
send and receive messages while using the GPS beacon option.
> 2) I checked "car" on the start screen, but the code for "van"
> (lower-case "v") is appearing after the longitude instead of the code
> for "car" ( ">" ) .
That's my mistake. I drive a van and automatically put the default as a
van. I'll post the corrected version in about half an hour.
> 3) To minimize headaches and endless email queries/complaints, I
> think thatsaying "A serial or USB GPS" is asking for trouble.
> This issue comes up ENDLESSLY on various APRS mailing lists as naive
> or clueless users with cheap consumer USB GPS devices keep asking how
> to make them work with TinyTracks, Kenwood radios, UIview, etc.
> USB GPS devices as-is DO NOT work with APRS hardware or software.
> The statement needs to be something like
> "Works with any 4800 baud NMEA serial GPS. USB GPS devices require an
> appropriate software driver to create a virtual (simulated) COM port."
73, Chris, G4HYG
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