is based on an ‘un-docked’ window system, that is, all windows
are separate, and can be moved anywhere independently. The
primary reason for this design was to enable the use of multi-monitor
systems, in particular the use of a video projector displaying the Map,
while other windows could stay on the laptop screen.
A single small Main Menu window from which all primary windows can be started stays on-top at all times.
window has its own basic settings, which means the User will not
be subjected to a main window overloaded with settings and icons, which
is unfortunately becoming very common.
For example, the Map window
will have most settings needed for that window, while the SAR Log
window will only have settings required for that window.
effort has been made to made to keep the program as easy to use as
possible, while only showing the user only what he or she needs to see.
the original New Zealand version became an International version,
intended for both Search and Rescue and Amateur Radio operators, an
option was added in the main Setup to switch between SAR and HAM
When SAR is selected, the SAR Log system becomes
available, and various other settings in the program appear or
SARTrack now makes heavily use of OSM
(OpenStreetMap) compatible Online servers for the Maps. These maps,
based on a system of small Map Tiles, can then be saved for off-line
use during SAR operations in the field. This off-line use saving of
Tiles is not allowed when using Google Maps or other commercial Map
As of February 2013 SARTrack has the following basic features:
A primary Map window for all OSM-compatible and Local Maps, with
many Maps including Topographical maps for Canada and the USA, and
Topographical maps for the rest of the world.
- Transparent Overlays are possible, and a User configurable file for OSM servers is included.
- A Google Map window which can be synched with the primary map (but on-line only)
- A New Zealand Topographical off-line Map system (3 Gigabyte download required)
- A full APRS system, including an advanced APRS Message system, Stations, Objects, etc.
- Selectable overlays on the Maps, like Map outlines, Grid, Radio-Range, etc.
- Warning when Stations (Trackers) time out, and warnings when Priority beacons (from Trackers) are received.
A Replay system, which makes it possible to replay an entire day of a
SAR Operation, including the Tracks, Messages and the SAR Log, with a
timer window showing when it all happened.
- The SAR Log can be exported in a delimited form.
- There are many more features in the program, to discover it all, download and install the software, if is free.
is completely stand-alone, runs on Windows 2000 and higher, does not
use any libraries, does not use .NET, does not use the Windows
Registry, does not load any things on Windows start-up.
Updates will be checked for once a day, only when SARTrack is started.
These where the original requirements when we started in 2006 and most are implemented:
To be able
to track up
to many stations, and to display them on a topographical map.
data to be
locally available on the laptop (no Internet required).
to get a Tactical callsign, separate colour track, Icon, customizable
Labels to show
(selectable): Tactical callsign, Coordinates, Speed, Altitude, Course
Labels to change
color if the station has timed out, or has send a Priority message.
systems to show
stations loss of signal, and Priority Warning with screen and Audio
signal and selectable Message.
Icon to show
on the map when priority signal received. Also automatic log entry.
system, which enables the operators to enter Log entries with pull-down
lists for all active stations. Automatic Log entry in case of Priority
Signal received, or loss of signal, and when Icon Markers are
added by the operators. The Log can be added to from multiple
computers, both locally and remote. The Radio operator can enter Log
entries which will then show up on the Controller PC, and any other
PC's active on the search.
print out Log
entries and messages on the local printer (on an entry-by-entry basis).
to add special Marker Icons on the map, with detailed data attached to
including documents and pictures.
search areas on the map and share with other computers.
where the Map screen can be displayed on a separate monitor or video
projector, while all operational displays are on the laptop screen.
several computers and share all data, so a radio operator can enter Log
entries and view location of stations, and the operations team view the
map and operate another laptop in the operations room.
to connect to
an Igate server via the Internet, if available, to share all Tracking
data with computers across New Zealand.
enable all computers to communicate encrypted text messages with
each other, even if only connected by radio.
which enables Radio based computers to send one-line emails and TXT
messages to mobile phones.
information, events, log entries etc. to be stored immediately and
permanently on all connected computers.
the entire Search on the screen.
out the Log
system and tracking maps at the end of the search.
easy to use,
following all standard Windows conventions, such as dragging the Map by
left-mouse down and drag, zooming in and out with the mouse-wheel,
right-clicking on Icons on the screen and get a pop-up menu with all
possible should be automated.
requirement to use
the more advanced functions; the program should work and start tracking
right after startup.
At the time of
(Updated February 2013), most of the above functions have now been
incorporated in the program, and the program is at Beta
The APRS software is now available for FREE as an International version.
would you use SARTrack?