[OZAPRS] WXSserver back on air in the USA

Geoff geoff-lists at gatwards.org
Thu Jul 30 19:57:10 EST 2009

I'll need to look into what the changes actually are with the US stream, to
see if there is anything worth implementing here.  Remember that we don't
have the same 'quality' of source data to work with for our version...  

Changing the format of the messages may have a negative impact to legacy
clients that can't be updated, i.e. UI-View... If the format changes needed
to keep up with Xastir break the UI-NWS implementation, what is the group's
take on that ?   I can certainly change formats in WXSVR-AU if the group
feels it necessary.

I'll research a little more and see exactly what the changes would involve
and report back here soon :)

Geoff  VK2XJG

-----Original Message-----
From: ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at aprs.net.au] On
Behalf Of Tony Hunt
Sent: Wednesday, 29 July 2009 8:19 AM
To: OZ-APRS Mial-list
Subject: [OZAPRS] WXSserver back on air in the USA

I notice on the xastir group that the US WXSVR is back on line.. Pete Lovell
made some changes to the format/protocol by the looks .. Will the changes
follow through onto our VK server ? I notice they have allready implimented
some changes to xastir so as to work with the US server. Just how that
impacts on the way xastir works on the VK server I dont know but Ive rasised
this allready.

See the post below from the xastir list

Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 14:51:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Curt, WE7U" <archer at eskimo.com>
Subject: [Xastir] Weather Alerts:  WXSVR down.  Replacement Server.
To: xastir at xastir.org
Message-ID: <alpine.LNX.2.00.0907281442250.29380 at wapiti.we7u.net>
Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; format=flowed; charset=US-ASCII

As some of you know WXSVR has been down for a month or so.  This
means the NWS weather alert packets that light up zones on our maps
have not been happening.

Pete Loveall, AE5PL, has been working on a replacement server.  It's
generating packets now and I've been asked to make a change to
support a slightly different format in Xastir.  I've done so in a
temporary fashion and committed the change to CVS.

Pete is going to enable the old format shortly and sent it out for
perhaps six months or so.  That should give the majority of Xastir
users time to upgrade before the old format is turned off again.
This change in formats is to support alert packets to Kenwood radios
on RF.

Like I said, the change to decode the new format in Xastir is not
the permanent change.  Anyone wishing to see weather alerts RIGHT
NOW (instead of tomorrow) can upgrade to the latest CVS and take
advantage of the temp change.  As of midnight or early morning hours
all of you should start seeing alerts again whether you've upgraded
Xastir or not.

I'll see to implementing the permanent change then notify everyone
when it's ready.  I'll probably put out new snapshots once we're
happy with it.  I don't know yet whether this would be enough reason
for a new stable release, but it might.

Curt, WE7U.             

Tony and Eva Hunt  wavetel at internode.on.net
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