[Scoutradio] Need advise on APRS Setup
- My Sea Scout Ship helps out with several events a year on the North &
Hudson Rivers. NY ARES puts an operator on board as a backup communicator
(the VHF marine channels can be unusable to basic overload & bad
operators) We were contemplating the idea of using APRS to see where all
the assist boats are.
I was considering the MFJ-8621 & MFJ-1270 to start with, and if the 8621
won't cut it, I have a 110 Watt Syntor as a second choice. Antenna wise, I
think we are OK with an RFS Cellwave BA1010 antenna already
mounted. Position info can be obtained from the existing GPS & heading
Sanity Check time: Has anyone interfaced APRS with an existing mapping
system such as Maptech's Ocean Navigator or are we better off using WinAPRS?
Martin A. Flynn
Sea Scout Ship 243, BSA
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- Hi Martin,
> My Sea Scout Ship helps out with several events a year on the North &communicator
> Hudson Rivers. NY ARES puts an operator on board as a backup
> Sanity Check time: Has anyone interfaced APRS with an existing mapping
> system such as Maptech's Ocean Navigator or are we better off using
>I'm not familiar with Ocean Navigator or WinAPRS.
As far as I know most APRS programs interface with the most common
(land) mapping programs.
I'm a big fan of UI-View (www.ui-view.com).
UI-View costs $15 for the full version sadly the author Roger, G4IDE
passed away September 9th. The program however is very well supported
by the UI-View community.
If Ocean Navigator allows you to export maps then UI-View can probably
An other option is Xastir (www.xastir.org) Xastir is an open source
(free) APRS program that supports 124 different map formats and
several downloadable (free) GIS maps. It can also run on 21+ different
In order to track the different ships you don't need to set them up
with a full-blown TNC. You can use an Open Tracker
(http://n1vg.net/opentracker/) to track the ships.
The Open Tracker is an open source variant to the TinyTrak by Byonics
As you can tell I'm a big fan of open source projects like Xastir and
the Open Tracker and Opentrac (http://www.opentrac.org/) especially in
our radio hobby.