Step 1:
Running a home APRS via the internet and No RF Needed..
We are only going to use internet feeds and not a TNC / radio, you will need to download and register {Free} the 32 bit version,
which will also provide you with an APRS server login ID.  I know people using UI-View on every flavour of Microsoft
Windows from 95 to XP / 2000 and Vista, so don't worry about compatibility.
Download the program called UI-View32 (There site is Here)
Or you may download it from my site. (Ui-View32v203) Once you have run the installer for UI-View you will need to
set up some basic screens to tell the software what type of TNC you are using and your own station details. 
The following screens are the main ones to check in order to get up and running.

Step 2: [ Setup - Station Comms Setup ]
If it is the first time that you have run UI-View on your PC, you will be prompted through some
of the setup screens.  I will run through them in the order that they appear in the SETUP menu. 
The first is the SETUP - COMMS SETUP screen:

As of right now we are going to just use the internet so there is No COM Port
and NO Host Mode set to NONE. Also Check Receive Only..

STEP 3: [ Setup - Station Setup ]

Put your callsign in the top left hand box.  Most people do not put an "SSID" on their home station.

The Latitude and Longitude are in the format<C>. "dd" is two digits for degrees.
"mm" is two digits for minutes. "nn" is two digits for decimal minutes. 
NOTE - decimal minutes, not seconds i.e. 30 seconds is .50 as there are 60 seconds in a minute.
"<C>" is either "N" for North, "S" for South, "W" for West or "E" for East.
Finally add a short beacon comment and confirm the other settings are as shown in my screen grab. 
It does not need to have a location reference, because you have already provided your Longitude and Latitude! 

Here are those common defaults SSID's:

-0 Home Station, Home Station running I-Gate.
-1 Digipeater, Home Station running a Wide1-1 Digi, WX Digipeater
-2 Digipeater [#2 or] on 70CM
-3 Digipeater [#3]
-4 HF to VHF Gateway
-5 I-Gate (Not home station) 
-6 is for Operations via Satellite
-7 Kenwood D7 HT
-8 is for boats, sailboats and ships (maybe 802.11 in the future)
-9 is for Mobiles
-10 is for operation via The internet only
-11 is for APRS touch-tone users  (and the occasional Balloons)
-12 Portable Units such as Laptops, Camp Sites etc.
-14 is for Truckers
-15 is for HF

STEP 4: [ Setup - Status Text ]

You can either put a short line of information,

STEP 5: [ Setup - Station Info ]

Hopefully self explanatory, if not hit F1

STEP 6: [ Setup - Digipeater Setup ]

Leave the WX Station Setup at its defaults and then have a look at the
SETUP -DIGIPEATER SETUP.  Even if you do not intend to run as a digipeater it is worth
having a look as it helps to understand how other stations can configure

STEP 7: [ Setup - APRS-Compatibility ]

This is how I have my station configured

STEP 8: [ Setup - Miscellaneous ]

Then have a look at the SETUP-MISCELLANEOUS options screen. 
The default settings are the best place to start with this screen, however for information
this is how I set mine.  The Refresh Preference is not set to "Immediate" for two reasons. 
Firstly is if you are taking a full global feed from the internet APRS servers your PC will
struggle to keep up and secondly I like the "vapour trail" effect that the two minute refresh
has on mobile stations.

STEP 9: [ Setup - APRS-Server Setup ]

You will need to connect to the internet APRS servers you will need to have a registered version of
UI-View (As stated in Step 1)
Please note that this is not the UI-View registration number.  It is really worth reading the help
pages to work out how to enter servers and update the list.
I have my filter set to m/450 = This will pass all traffic within 450 km from my location
Note: If you leave this blank You will see all stations..
For an explanation of other filter settings click here.

STEP 10: [ Action - Connect To APRS Server ]

Everything should now be up and running. There are many other configuration screens that you can use,
but if I covered all of them this would not be an introduction to UI-View. 

You should see other stations on the maps provided with UI-View and you can start to do things like
double clicking on stations to see more information from them.  Also you can right click on the icons to
see a list of actions, such as send a message.  If you are only interconnected to an APRS Server i.e.
no TNC or rig, you will need to tell UI-View to connect to the server when you are connected to your
Internet Service Provider.  You do this by clicking on the ACTION menu and then
so that it logs on as soon as UI-View is launched by running APRSSERVE_CONNECT.

UI-View is supported via a Yahoo eGroup if you can't find the answer in the help screens

STEP 11: [ Your Done ]

Setting Up and Connecting to a Map Server

As you get started there are not too many Maps to view.. You can connect to a map server via the internet
and move around and zoom up and down on a map, it's a Add-On for UI-View.. Not sure how many maps
server are out there, But here is one that I use by ( PA7RHM ) You may download the Add-On from his site or
from mine ( pa7rhmsvr107.exe )

Installing the Map.
  • 1. Install the PA7RHM Mapserver in a seperate folder. It is strongly recommended that they are not installed in the
    UI-View32 program folder. (( example :C:\Program Files\PA7RHM\Map server ))

  • 2.Start the installation program pa7rhmsvr105.exe

  • 3. Once the installation is completed, load the map called "Map Server by PA7RHM".( See below on how to do this )
    If all is well the control panel appears in the upper left corner of your screen. In case of problems a plain white
    map with a red cross appears. Please see the logfile (%TEMP%\PA7RHMsvr.log) for more details.

  • 4. Have a look on the UI-View32 Map menu - there will be several options that are not there when a normal map is loaded.

    Loading The Map Server. [ Map - Load a Map ]

    Click on Load and you should be ready to go..

    Moving Around The Map

    • To zoom out - Use Page Up, or left click the combined up-down-arrow on the toolbar.
    • To zoom in - Use Page Down, or right click the combined up-down-arrow on the toolbar.
    • To go to Max zoom out - Select Map, Zoom All, or press Ctrl+A.
    • To centre the map on a point - Hold down Ctrl and double click on the point.
    • To centre the map on a station - Right-click the station and select Centre Map on the pop-up menu.

    If Alternative Mouse Actions on the Options menu is NOT checked

    • To zoom an area - Hold down shift and drag the mouse from the centre of the area of interest.
    • To pan the map - Hold down Ctrl and click near the edge of the map. (You are near enough to the edge when the large pan direction arrows are showing.)
    • To drag the map - Hold down Ctrl and drag with the mouse.

    If Alternative Mouse Actions on the Options menu IS checked

    • To zoom an area - Drag the mouse from the centre of the area of interest.
    • To pan the map - Click near the edge of the map. (You are near enough to the edge when the large pan direction arrows are showing.)
    • To drag the map - Drag using the right mouse button
  • Hope to see Ya on APRS..

    73's - John