Adding BLM Land Use Maps to Osmand on Android

In the US, various hunters and fishers use the Bureau of Land Management’s maps. There are of course several apps that can let you add BLM maps…

  • Avenza has some maps provided by BLM specifically for avenza app.
  • Gaia maps pro has had the public lands feature for years.
  • Osmand has not the greatest support for viewing what land area you are in and looking at, but many local points of interest are in this app that are not in others as it uses the openstreetmap which can be added and edited by locals with places they actually care about. Also unlike most other offline mapping apps it is open-source and very extensive, and respects user freedoms and an active developer community.

For some time I have wondered why the public domain BLM land use maps aren’t an option in Osmand, I tried mobac but found no way to get the maps I wanted, but after a bit of research I found the answer! Here are the steps to add land use maps to Osmand. Continue reading “Adding BLM Land Use Maps to Osmand on Android”

Setting up AREDN node with Ubiquiti Nanostation with Ubuntu

If your area has other ham-radio operators that are using an AREDN network, an Ubiquity router is a great way to connect to the local LAN network. Note that you will need:

  • An amateur radio license.
  • An Ubiquity Nanostation (the “loco” one is cheaper but it has less range 🙁 )
  • POE outlet to 2-ethernet adapter (included when you buy a new Nanostation)
  • Two ethernet cables (You will want at least one outdoor-rated cable if you will put it outside, which will likely be necessary for good signal.)

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Into Neural Networks! Part 1

Keras is a library that makes machine learning easy to run and train without knowing too much of the math behind it. It has many  tutorials including an excellent howto by Egghead.io, Pyimagesearch and of course the official documentation and books…

…but what if you want to look into the details of how it works? Neural networks are a series of functions that are adjusted over time, and we can “see” what happens in a simple example. Continue reading “Into Neural Networks! Part 1”