[aprssig] Some obscure APRS client questions

Curt, WE7U curt.we7u at gmail.com
Fri Nov 11 12:25:16 CST 2011

On Fri, 11 Nov 2011, Andrew P.  wrote:

> 1. With a receive-only feed (radio or Internet), does it make sense to allow the user to create or edit objects? They can't send them to the public. Is there a need in general to be able to create private objects/items in a local APRS client?

Yes.  It's common to have a tactical display for public service events, RACES, ARES, or SAR.  You don't necessarily need to be able to transmit those objects to others over RF or the internet.  I often create private objects that show repeaters or places of interest even when not doing events.  Being able to plot the positions of resources that don't have a tracker on them is a very useful feature of APRS clients.

> 2. Are Aloha circles meaningful to Internet-only clients?

No.  Only meaningful if using RF.  Xastir for instance doesn't display any Aloha circle if your only interface is on the internet.

Curt, WE7U.        http://www.eskimo.com/~archer
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