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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Custom iPhone Support (web mapping)

I've created a custom web page at http://www.openaprs.net/iphone/ that should work better for the iPhone's web browser (Safari). The new page is automatically loaded for iPhones when they access http://www.openaprs.net/ but it can also be accessed drectly via the former link. This new page supports zoom in and zoom out buttons in place of the normal Google Maps zoom bar which doesn't work on iPhone. You can also use the search input box to lookup callsigns, zip codes and city/state pairs.

I'm actively developing a new app for the iPhone that will include a compass, speedometer, lat/long distance calculation, coordinate conversions, APRS position reporting and APRS messaging using OpenAPRS's DCC Interface. I'll announce the sotware once it's listed through Apple's iPhone App store last November. In the mean time I'll try and get some screenshots up.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pacificon Presentations

Recently David, W6DTW, Cap, KE6AFE, and I hosted an APRS forum at Pacificon in San Ramon, CA. One of David's goals is to pull together APRS users in California to form a group that can work together on improving APRS support in the state. Cap has been kindly advising users who are using APRS with old or incorrect path settings for quite a while now and expressed current standard APRS paths and how to use them. And I of course presented on OpenAPRS and announced our new software for iPhone that opens up the world of APRS messaging and positions to mobile phones.

The following links below are links to the power point presentations by each of us:

  1. NorCal APRS
  2. The APRS Problem
  3. OpenAPRS

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Been Busy on a Project

Fear not, I have not dropped off of the face of the earth or ceased development. I have been busy on a top secret sub-project for OpenAPRS. I'll announce the project when it is completed.

For now, check out the OpenAPRS Direct Client Connection (DCC) documentation. Our new DCC interface was designed to afford embedded devices and even APRS software an easy interface to access data from OpenAPRS's storage engine. DCC is also human readable and it is possible for an individual to connect and query our database directly.