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Country India
State Andhra Pradesh
Region Khammam
City Khammam
I use or have experience with the Global Sat BU 353 GPS device.
I use or have experience with the JOSM editor.
OSM Logo This user submits data to OpenStreetMap under the name

This user uses or has experience with a IPhone and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users.

This user uses or has experience with a Nokia N82 and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users.

This user uses or has experience with a Nokia N900 and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users.

Subversion Logo Pavi commits code to OpenStreetMap SVN under the name pavi.

This is pavi aka pavithran .

My OSM Diary which I use more for asking questions ;) is where I write my experiences.

  • Do check it out.


Nokia N82

Nice phone ie Nice GPS chipset. I used Nokia sports tracker application from Nokia website .. It was a very nice experience to record trials on a motorcycle .


The GPS chipset really is very weak . It just cant catch the signals from the satellites. It gives very inaccurate readings. I have been using trails,mapzen ( POI) and xGPS apps on it.

I would recommend Mapgen POI editor for collecting POI's but you need to patiently wait at a place for the signals . Also a bit of fiddling to get the accurate place .

Motion - X - GPS is a good tool which draws lines on the routes which you have covered over a OSM layer . Unfortunately it couldn't export waypoints with the track . PS: I no longer have an iphone !

Globalsat BU 353

I am using this device with my netbook EEE 901 . Debian GNU/Linux just works with it :)

  • gpsd - The daemon which needs to run to catch the signals from the satellite .
  • xgps - a nice X based app which shows the satellite fix also shows in circles where the satellites are ( green for on and red for off )
  • gpxlogger - simple app to log the tracks .

Yes the complaint that it needs some time to get the fix is correct . But after that it runs nicely . I wonder if something happens after an hour or so because th track goes off /diverts to something very wrong . I was taking tracks with a motorbike hence might have disturbed the device on bumpy roads.

Nokia N900

Good GPS chipset even worked while taking tracks from a metro train . As all GPS 's on phone, yes its a battery drainer . Apps include :

  • gpxlogger : records GPS and could add waypoints
  • Maep: For Maps
  • Mappero : for maps
  • Maps : The default nokia maps are also good, but it kind of forces the GPS search .


Firefox Pavi prefers Mozilla Firefox.


I started as everyone starts with potlatch . I just hated the yahoo imagery and the time it takes to load on slow indian connections . After that when I got the gps tracks it was a pleasent ride with potlatch but nevertheless it had something missing .


With its bing integration and a pleasant look P2 would help bring many newbies to contribute . Thanks a lot RichardF :D (Personally JOSM is still my favourite )


JOSM Pavi submits data to OpenStreetMap using JOSM.

I installed java only for JOSM and I am not regretting it ! A great piece of software . Plugins like WMS,validator are just amazing . The learning curve is steep but with what you can do with JOSM its really worth the effort. I also liked the feature in which the slow moving GPS device is shown in red while fast tracks are shown in green . That would help me know where I stopped .

Having used it for a long time , I am more than content with JOSM but it is still very hard to convince a newbie to use JOSM :(


Being a part of community feels nice . Here are some of the events I attended/participated/organised .


Osmarendered telugu location

I love the impact of map data on to a rendered map , yes how it is rendered matters more to me as a visual guy :)

Primarily there are two renderering engines I used .

  • Mapnik : Style is very easy to fix and is widely used . But it has a huge installation dependency and needs configuration which is not recommended for Home machines .
  • Osmarender : Style is harder to fix,the base style couldn't handle much of clutter . The cool thing is it could be used on Home !

The best thing is it supports Telugu fonts . :)