Position Reporting – Tips & Tricks

admin | November 7th, 2016 - 13:47

It’s been a few years since we updated our position reporting “screen”. And perhaps time to highlight a few tips & tricks on how to report your position using a PC, Tablet or Phone.
Most of this is self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:

updateThe Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.

markerThe Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values. Just drag the marker with your finger or mouse.

arrowThe Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/

marker zoomThe Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.

Manual Entry
And of course you can simply enter numeric values into the Lat-Lon form (minutes may include a decimal fraction). A marker will appear on the map to indicate the entered position. Alternatively,  just double click on the map and drag the marker to where your position is, lat-lon will automatically be updated!

Classic Reports
The old position report form is still available, simply click on the “Use ‘Classic’ Position Report” link. It will remember your preference and next time you’ll get the classic report again.

Use with a phone
Modern phone have beautifully crisp screens, but their size make is harder to use than a tablet or computer. Here is a trick:
In stead of the standard Position Reporting menua item, bookmark this link  or add it to your home screen (https://skipr.net/skp/positionentry.php). It uses the full screen of your device for the reporting function:
iPhonePositionEntry

Note, you will need to be “logged-in”to Skipr on the phone before you can use this, go to https://skipr.net/login first ( that will only be necessary once).

More information.
Skipr.net stores all position report times as GMT and now uses your computer’s time zone setting when reporting.

Editing historical positions with the new page will display them in GMT time only, as does the list of entries under the “Edit Position” menu. However the Classic Position Reporting is still in your local time.

Feedback
Your comments, likes and/or dislikes are welcome, here is our feedback form or if something appears ‘broken’, email support@skipr.net

Upgrade now complete

admin | June 20th, 2016 - 09:21

We have finished upgrading the skipr.net website to use “https”. It makes it more secure and what’s more, position reporting when using the Chrome browser works again!

Off-shore, In-touch

admin | November 19th, 2013 - 09:22

I’ll be giving a talk about some of the ins and outs of keeping in touch while cruising. We’ll start by looking at the most common options to maintain reliable internet access on a boat and going over the history, operation and future of Skipr.net.

The venue is the monthly meeting of the Coastal Cruising Club of Australia (CCCA) on Thursday 21st November at the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, 1 Green Street, Cremorne.

Here are the presentation slides:

Links

Newsletter July 2013

admin | July 25th, 2013 - 16:44

In this newsletter:

Evolving Skipr.net
Sydney Boatshow ( catch up?)
Tips&Tricks
Join Skipr Plus

Evolving Skipr.net

I’m pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received about the new position reporting page. It’s the first phase of a re-design of the site to:
  • make it more tablet (iPad) friendly,
  • updating the boat pages to the latest version of Google Maps and
  • adding further social features.
The Currently Cruising page is “bursting at the seams” with the large number of boats now actively reporting on Skipr, so we’re looking to provide a “friends page” where you can choose which boats to “follow”.  Do you have any other suggestions for improvements? Email us. [...]

New Position Reporting

admin | April 21st, 2013 - 15:15

We have just introduced a more convenient position reporting page. It takes advantage of the built-in GPS in many of todays tablets such as the iPad and provides instant feedback about the position you enter, even when reporting manually.

It’s use is mostly self-explanatory, but to get the most out of its features, below are a some of its highlights:

updateThe Update button appears when an automatic position is available, tap it to transfer that position to the Lat-Lon form.

markerThe Green Marker represents the position in the Lat-Lon form. The marker may be moved manually to refine the Lat-Lon form values.

arrowThe Geo (Arrow) button appears when an automatic position is available. Tap it to zoom and centre on that position (marked by a blue dot)./skp/

marker zoomThe Marker button appears when there is a Lat-Lon value in the form. Tap it to zoom and centre the marker.

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Newsletter February 2013

admin | February 4th, 2013 - 07:40
In this newsletter:
Hobart Skipr Meetup 
New Reporting page
Alternative ways to report your position
Off the beaten track
Support Skipr.net
For those of you on the East Coast of Australia, I hope you and your boat survived some terrible weather over the past few weeks – it’s a good time to head South, speaking of which…

Newsletter December 2012

admin | December 16th, 2012 - 11:04

In this newsletter:

The 2013 version of Skipr.net – apply to become a tester
The Passage Companion – save $$$ on key cruising guides
In the Flesh – meeting up with Skipr’d crews
Join Skipr Plus – helping Skipr expand and evolve
Cruising in Company – Island Cruising Association seminars [...]

Boats of the Month – August

admin | August 5th, 2012 - 20:54

This year, we’ve been showcasing a boat on our front page every month, showing the wide range of activities by Skipr.net users. This month, I felt it was time for the “bigger picture”, highlighting all Skipr.net users, rather than just focussing on one boat and its adventures.

It’s  terrific to see Skipr.net expand to hundreds of boats, reporting back to friends and family across an area covering Australia, South Asia and the Western Pacific. Not forgetting users elsewhere… With lots of stories, it is great to follow so many of you! And of course I would encourage anyone to occasionally use the map’s zoom controls and click on a random boat on our Currently Cruising page and share the experience of others.

Fair Winds to all,

Marius (skipper@skipr.net)

Newsletter July 2012

admin | July 12th, 2012 - 16:19

In this newsletter:

Latest Cruising guides for Eastern Australlia (and how to buy them…)
Tips and Tricks to make the most of Skipr
Campers and Drivers – Skipr for landlubbers.
Cruising in Company – Island Cruising Association
Join Skipr Plus
In case you didn’t catch up… [...]

Newsletter April 2012

admin | April 27th, 2012 - 11:16

It’s been a while since we’ve had a newsletter for users of Skipr.net. A bunch of things have happened since we “spoke” last. For most of you, this will be the first newsletter, as we’ve more than doubled the number of boats on Skipr.net since the last one!

In this Newsletter:

Skipr Plus
New Features
Boat Photo competition
Notable Tracks
Island Cruising

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