The second way is to gate data onto the internet is as a continuous live stream. This method has the advantage of allowing continous update of the display. At present, the software has been written for the following platforms:
|Macintosh||APRServe||Steve Dimse K4HG|
|OS/2 and Linux||APRS Server||Dale Heatherington WA4DSY|
|Windows NT||LIDS||Steve Boyle KD6WXD|
|Windows 95||QQServ||Brad McConahay N8QQ|
|Linux||aprsmon||Alan Crosswell N2YGK|
These programs are each in use at a handful sites. The installation of such a site is still very much a one-off operation, so contact the author of software appropriate for your OS for help.
Most ISPs are not too happy about a user that stays connected all the time. They may try to force you to a dedicated commecial line at $100 or more a month, or try to limit the length of each session. I have no good advice here, I get nasty letters from both my ISPs all the time, and I only connect when I am at the computer.
Once you have found a sympathetic ISP, you need to address the dynamic IP problem. When you log on the internet with most dial-up ISPs, you are assigned an IP number (a 32 bit number, usually expressed like 126.96.36.199) for their available pool--this number will be different each time you log on. In order to access your computer, a user need to know this 32 bit number. Since humans don't remember numbers too well, the internet includes a way to translate a name like www.aprs.net into the IP number. However, this system was only designed to translate fixed IP addresses...it cannot handle dynamic IP. The best solution to this I've found is a company called dynip.com. They provide a server that listens for short packets sent by a program running on your computer, and from that figures out your current IP number and handles the conversion. I wrote the Macintosh client (freeware) for this system (Disclaimer: I get free service, otherwise I have no stake in the company). They charge $19.95 per year for this. Users access your computer by entering the name you choose followed by dynip.com...I am "k4hg.dynip.com".
A less elegant, but free, solution is available from Monolith Internet Services. They rely on you to update your record every time you change IP numbers, and have no time out...if you get disconnected, people connecting to your name will get routed to someone else's computer!