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[aprssig] Some obscure APRS client questions

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Sun Nov 13 17:16:38 UTC 2011


On 11/13/2011 12:04 PM, Bob Burns W9RXR wrote:
> At 11:40 AM 11/13/2011, Andrew P. wrote:
>
>> As far as I'm personally concerned, .pos files are a perfectly reasonable 
>> format for external storage of objects. Since I haven't picked a file format 
>> for this in the app I'm authoring, I might as well pick .pos file format 
>> (unless it is a proprietary licensed format I'd have to pay a fortune to 
>> use; is it?).

NO

> Unfortunately, I haven't found a tool that will automatically convert from 
> _any_ common GPS or mapping program data file format to .POS format. 

> This makes exporting object locations from a mapping program or a GPS to an 
> APRS client at bit of a pain in the behind. 

The POS format is the same as standard-format as over-air-air APRS-format 
position reports.  The easy way to generate these is to send an object to the 
APRS-IS, then copy/paste the string from the raw packet display at findu or 
APRS-FI.

On UIview, at least, it's trivially easy to generate these objects for 
transmission.  Click on the desired location on the map, and then open the 
Object Editor.  The clicked lat/long will already be filled in. Add the desired 
icon/overlay and then beacon it to the APRS-IS.



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