[OZAPRS] Long term trending for route and network planning

Wade Smith wade.vk1 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 14:52:04 AEDT 2018

Hi Sam. I mentally did something similar myself driving in a big loop from
VK1 west down to Wagga, albury then well into west vk3 and back via the
coast to south vk2 and back home. Astonished how little coverage there was

On the side bar if aprs.fi there is a circular coverage indicator based on
past traffic - I would suggest that most mobiles are running decent power -
my 1W little tracker with mag mount - near VK1 and 2 easily does 80km or
more, in vk3 barely heard once or twice.



On Wed, 28 Nov 2018 at 12:30, Sam Wilson <swilsonau at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ahoy list,
> As we do at this time of year I've planned a road trip along a route with
> hopefully more than no LTE coverage between VK2 and VK4.
> But, we don't have a equal type tool for APRS and I've started
> investigating to see if there are any tools out there that solve this
> problem. So far I can't see anything that fills this space.
> So I've started building a tool to capture and aggregate all position
> reports from the APRS-IS then I can start massaging the data into something
> useful.
> My goal is to throw away as much data as possible keeping only a date,
> WIDE path and position. This should enable us to overlay or query the data
> to see where previous stations have made successful reports as well as
> where black spots exist between repeaters or in terrain shadows. I'm
> envisaging basically a three step "heard direct, 1 hop, 2 hop" type
> colouring on the data.
> Let me know if this sounds like something interesting or useful for you.
> A related source of inspiration is the Strava global heatmap
> https://www.strava.com/heatmap if you've not seen this sort of thing
> before.
> 73's
> Sam
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