The objective of the WXSVR-AU project is to provide a service similar to the APRS NWS service in the USA.
In the USA, weather warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS) are converted into an APRS format that allows client applications such as UI-View and Xastir to graphically display the warnings as objects and map overlays. Details about the US WXSVR system can be found here.
The picture below is an example of the NWS messages from the USA working with UI-View.
Geoff Gatward, VK2XJG, is developing a server to translate the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warnings into an APRS compatible format. The format of the beacons is modelled closely on the existing NWS protocol, in an attempt to make the creation of suitable plugin applications for the APRS client programs relitively simple.
The picture below
is an example of the original Australian NWS messages from WXSVR-AU working with UI-View.
Note that UI-View currently does NOT have a working plugin for the WXSVR-AU alerts
There are three types of message transmitted by the WXSVR-AU system.
PROBLEMS AND LIMITATIONS
As with any project, there are a number of problems and limitations that have been encountered. These problems are detailed here - over time, we are hoping that most - if not all - of these can be overcome.