My Current Setup in GRLevel3 and GR2Analyst

Thanks to Andrew KE5GDB for a lot of these suggestions.

Warning Colors

View → Warning Settings → NWS Colors button

Toolbar

Disable Smoothing (gradient icon next to zoom)
Disable Melting Layer (two over)

Sites

Site → Select → KFWS
Site → Add to Favorites
Site → Settings → Startup Site: KFWS

GIS

GIS → Disable Show Background

Roads

GIS → Settings → Roads

  • US Highways: 300 m/p
  • State highways: 275 m/p
  • Other highways: 150 m/p

Placefiles

Windows → Show Placefile Manager
Click + and add each of these APRS placefiles by KE5GDB:

Uncheck the Unfiltered one until needed (rarely).

Panels

GRLevel3

Panels → Four Panels

  • Top Left: BR 0.5
  • Bottom Left: BR 2.5
  • Top Right: SRV 0.5
  • Bottom Right: SRV 2.5

Panels → Save Current Panel As → Favorite #1

GR2Analyst

Panels → Two Panels

  • Left: BR 0.5
  • Right: MEHS

Panels → Save Current Panel As → Favorite #1

Shapefiles

Download "map files" from Denton ARES: http://www.denton-ares.org/skywarninfo.html
Extract them and put them somewhere permanent (GRX will look in the same path).

Edit the .sty files in the Style Files folder to change the thresholds. Each file has lines that look like this:
Color: "CFCC" "H01" 25 0 0 205

The third item after Color:, above 25, is the threshold where the shapefiles will be shown.

I set the following thresholds on my files:

  • Hydrology: 25
  • Roads: 50
  • Trains: 25

Now that they're in place and tweaked, load them using GIS → Load ShapeFile. Pick a shape file, and then pick the matching style file (road with road, train with train, etc). Do this for each county you want.