[OZAPRS] FW: aprs.fi bookmarks video, and web location sharing

Howard Small howard at small.com.au
Tue Oct 12 22:30:44 EST 2010

  Just tried it using my Android pad in Bangkok and it works fine - got 
my position from the internet connection! Have a look at VK4BS to see 
the result.

On 12/10/2010 19:56, Richard Hoskin wrote:
> Hi,
> Going on recent discussions this may be of interest to F Calls who wish to
> be involved on APRS on the internet only.
> Cheers
> Richard
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aprssig-bounces at tapr.org [mailto:aprssig-bounces at tapr.org] On Behalf
> Of Heikki Hannikainen
> On Sunday I made a video demonstrating the new bookmarks feature on
> aprs.fi, and uploaded it to Youtube. Feedback appreciated (maybe off-line
> using direct email instead of this mailing list). Should I invest time in
> making more of these for other features? Is it progressing too fast or too
> slow? Is the language understandable? Waste of time?
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4UA77fnIok
> This might also be news to some: The aprs.fi site also allows you to
> upload your position to the site directly from a web browser, if the web
> browser somehow knows where you are. This works great on mobile phones
> with GPS, such as the iPhone and many new Android phones from multiple
> vendors (HTC, Motorola, Samsung, LG...). Some browsers figure their
> position pretty accurately based on nearby WLAN hotspots using a wifi
> hotspot coordinate database provided by Google. No application
> installation or purchase necessary!
> The position is not transmitted to the APRS-IS, so it can be used by
> non-amateurs too without risking the licensing of transmitting igates (and
> without me having to worry about how to possibly identify licensed
> amateurs from non-hams). The web station names can also be longer and they
> are not restricted to ASCII characters - international characters are just
> fine. Some 400 users have already successfully used this feature on
> various devices.
> Instructions here:
> http://blog.aprs.fi/2010/08/web-location-uploads-better-iphone.html
>     - Hessu
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