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Author Topic: GPS POI Ham Radio Files  (Read 941 times)
KE6TDP
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« on: January 25, 2009, 06:37:32 PM »

Back in September we bought a Garmin Nuvi650. I finally got around to investigating what Point of Interest (POI) files are. It turns out that a POI file will show you your distance, as you are traveling, from known locations.  One such file shows the location of amateur repeaters. So as you are driving around you can see the nearby repeaters and their frequencies.  Pretty nifty.

Below is the link to the POI factory, main page.
http://www.poi-factory.com/poifiles/recent

Here is the link to North Carolina Amateur Radio Repeaters (Done in 2007 so it is "dated")
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/1766
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Open Ham Radio repeaters in North Carolina in the 10M, 6M, 2M, 1.25M, and 70Cm bands.
The location is the general location of the city or town, not the actual repeater location.
The file gives the location name, frequency, offset + or -, and tone access if known.
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Here is a bigger listing of amateur repeater sites.
http://www.poi-factory.com/taxonomy/term/40

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The POI factory site, depends on users providing the content. I don't know whether this website should host something similar or whether hams should simply use the POI factory.  Anyway, just a thought on how we can use a GPS with Ham radio. It would be another useful feature for eHam.Net.
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WW5AA
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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 01:26:17 PM »

Most repeaters are also listed with the beacons or information on APRS digipeaters/Igates. Thanks for the POI information...I'll be looking into this!

73 de Lindy
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KC2RXQ
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 06:02:48 AM »

I've been using these POI files in my NUVI for a while now. They are a great resource and easy to use.
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