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[aprssig] Some obscure APRS client questions

Bob Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Sun Nov 13 04:58:45 UTC 2011

OK, if STATUS can be in the .POS files, should I make sure that is in the spec?  Seems like a useful idea.  I doubt it would break any older programs?


---- Original message ----
>Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 12:07:25 -0800
>From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org (on behalf of "Keith VE7GDH" <ve7gdh at rac.ca>)
>Subject: Re: [aprssig] Some obscure APRS client questions  
>To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
>Bob WB4APR wrote...
>> Interesting.  I do not remember that as part of the overlay.pos file
>> format, but it is an interesting thought. Does UI-View do anything
>> with that status text?  IE, parse it into the STATUS List?
>Yes, it shows up in the status text... e.g. in the POS file...
>LadyMinto>Lady Minto Hospital - Ganges, BC
>and on the map, it shows as the hospital symbol, saying
>"Hospital LadyMinto" (9 character limitation)
>along with the lat / long, the word OVRLY in the "time" field, nothing
>in the beacon comment, but with the following in the status text...
>>Lady Minto Hospital - Ganges, BC
>I have many useful local things in my overlay file. Most are duplicated
>in the UI-InfoKiosk which anyone can interrogate and then see their
>screen / map or whatever. They go out as objects on RF.
>In part, the UI-View help on overlays says...
>The format of an overlay file is very simple. The first line is a description,
>subsequent lines are location lines or status text lines. Location lines consist of
>up to nine characters for a callsign/identifier, followed by a '!', followed by a
>position beacon. Status text lines consist of a callsign/identifier, a '>' , and
>some status text.
>NOTE - UI-View32 overlay files are not fully compatible with APRS overlay
>files, because APRS doesn't support the status text lines. However, if you create
>overlay files for UI-View32 and include status text, anyone wanting to use them
>with APRS can easily remove the status text lines.
>73 es cul - Keith VE7GDH
>"I may be lost, but I know exactly where I am!"
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