SECOND UPDATE: Precision Mapping
Streets is no longer available from Chicago
Map, but the Quick Finder versions are still out there in stores somewhere.
History: On 10/23/99, I was playing around with Precision Mapping
Quick Finder 3.0 ($9.99 with a
COSMI label on it) to see if its maps in the States directory would work with Precision Mapping
Streets in APRS. When I opened the directory on the QF CD-ROM, I found the maps had .zp3
extensions rather that Streets' .zpx extensions. I copied the map to the STATES directory on my
hard drive, renamed it with the .zpx extension, and it worked! I then proceeded to delete Streets and
reload everything from QF, renaming all .zp3 files in all directories to .zpx - and everything worked!
Notes: Follow all instructions with QF as if you were loading
the program to run in APRS from Streets.
Create a Pmap30 directory on your hard drive (C:\PMAP30), and copy Data1 and Data3 directories
there. Also create a directory in Pmap30 called States. This is where the maps will go later.
You will NOT find a Data2 directory - don't worry, it contains landmarks, a feature only available
in Streets. When finished, rename ALL files having an extension of .zp3 to .zpx - you'll find these files
in Data1 (and in States, when you load your maps.) States maps are in the States directory on the
CD, and are numbered with a FIPS code. FIPS codes for states are also NOT available on
the QF CD - you can find them here. PMAP OCX must also be loaded - you can find it there.
Streets and QF use the same OCX. When using QF, you can NOT use the CD in APRS due to
the different file extensions - you will need to copy the files to a hard drive and change extensions.
11/21/99 Update: Someone
else has reported success with using Quick Finder with APRS, as well
as copying the program to a writeable CD for use with APRS.
02/01/00 Update: Precision Mapping Streets is now available for
the same price as Quick Finder.
Here's the email they sent with the official announcement:
Subject: Precision Mapping Streets
Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2000 09:28:34 -0600
From: Chicago Map Corp <email@example.com>
Chicago Map Corporation's popular Precision Mapping Streets v. 3.0, has been reduced to
$9.99 (shipping & handling $5.95). This unique program is compatible with WIN APRS and is
a popular product with ham radio enthusiasts. For more information or to order, please call
800-257-9244. Visit our web site at www.chicagomap.com .
09/08/01 - Second update: Precision Mapping Streets is no longer
available, but if you look, Quick
Finder is still out there in places...