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Ham Tools
radio : by Tommy - April 2nd 2007, 11:49PM
I've been messing with some scripts lately that fill a couple of online niches for ham radio. Most of the visitors to Neodux might not find them very useful, but I'm linking it here for posterity and to explain to any visitor looking for ham radio information what they can find.

At the moment I have 3 tools up. First is a script that fetches the number of ham radio licenes issued in a given month and saves the data in an XML file. I then parse the XML files to create a table or graph. (Just nice to know for anyone curious.)

Next is a dynamic image that will create a map for any ham trying for a "Worked All States" award. It colors in states as you check them off your list. (This was one I made a couple of years ago, but I thought it should be included.)

Lastly, I have a notification script. When you take your FCC test, you have to wait for the FCC to post your information in their database. Rather than hunting it down yourself and checking daily for any news, you can put your name on the list to be notified and the script will shoot you an email when your name is posted.

I hope any ham-visitors find them interesting and useful. That is all.

update: I just added a second color to the WAS map. States listed with the verified tag, will turn green. This is to denote the states from which a QSL card has been received.

tags: ham_radio website

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NARC Club Website
radio : by Tommy - December 13th 2004, 09:11PM
I had connection problems with Echolink preventing me from joining the website discussion this evening. I would like to use this to voice my opinion.

All the webserver will need is PHP and MySQL (although, any other database platform would suffice). It is also important that we not sink a ton of money into this venture to begin with. As important as the club is to all of us, and any hams we may talk to, the general public is unaware that there is even a hobby called ham radio! In this vein, our server will not generate very much traffic, especially enough for us to take full advantage of even the cheapest hosting packages. We won't have hundereds of visitors per month. The main users of the site will just be the NARC.
If left up to me, I would design something off of the core of the code you see before you right now. I would use the same blogging technique. I am currently experimenting with neodux to see how easily I can incorporate an RSS feed for syndicated news headlines and alerts. This, among other things, will lend value to our site. As I stated, we won't have that many visitors outside of our group, but, for those that do visit us, we want them to leave feeling more informed and with "gee, I wish our club had that" feeling. I envision a utility that aids in operating practices as well as information dissemination. (Especially as it pertains to any activity surrounding Columbia disaster)

I hope this will fill you in on my thoughts about the subject. I ask for patience as we find the best solution for the club and not just amazing deal that turns sour. I would like to ask all members of NARC to be on the lookout for webspace that is...
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