Well, SimonG has been hard at work on my behalf again, and the link to the Chelsea Tractortracker I wrote about yesterday is now even better! If you click on the link, you’ll see that it not only leads to a better map, but there’s also my speed and direction of travel on there.

So I guess now is a good time to remind you of the caveats that go with using the system, especially as I can’t think of anything else to blog about:

  • The beacon thingy in my car transmits a position every minute – so even under the best conditions, the position you’re seeing could be a minute old.
  • If I don’t want to be tracked I can turn it off – so the position could be completely wrong!
  • In extreme circumstances I could transmit a totally false position, although I can’t think why I would want to do that.
  • The technology which provides my position to the internet is maintained by radio hams as a hobby, so it’s not reasonable to expect it to be 100% reliable. If things break down, they’re fixed as soon as possible, not immediately.

Having said all that, the technology can be expected to be reasonably accurate most of the time. I hope stalking me gives some of you some fun!

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