New VK port-a-log version released named, Gisborne_02

Today I have released the latest version of VK port-a-log, named Gisborne_02.
This version has the following change;

  • Update SOTAwatch3 interface to use HTTPS

All existing functions and features remain the same.

Details of VK port-a-log can be found at vk3zpf.com/vk-port-a-log

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New VK port-a-log version released named, Gisborne_01

Today I have released the latest version of VK port-a-log, named Gisborne_01.
This version has the following additions and changes;

  • Post QSO entry is now available
  • SOTAwatch spots are now processed via SOTAwatch3
  • ParksnPeaks spots are now processed via the new Parksnpeaks API
  • GPS coordinates display on the location screen rounded to 5 decimal places
  • “On this day…” notifications only show once per day
  • SOTAwatch spots can be set to only show latest spot for each call sign
  • ParksnPeaks spots can be set to only show latest spot for each call sign
  • Hot keys can be hidden from the logging screen
  • On-air call sign can be shown at the top of screen
  • Tap SOTAwatch spots title to refresh spots list
  • Tap ParksnPeaks spots title to refresh spots list
  • Added S2S summit reference to SOTA notes field in combined SOTA csv file
  • Increased refresh of Spot sent time
  • Five drop down texts for SOTAwatch spot comments (tap underlined word Comments to access)
  • Five drop down texts for ParksnPeaks spot comments (tap underlined word Comments to access)
  • Short-cuts to common settings from the opening splash screen (tap line starting with asterisk * to open setting box)
  • Option to use last selected SOTAwatch spot comment as default comment
  • Option to clear existing SOTAwatch spot comment when new comment is selected
  • Option to use last selected ParksnPeaks spot comment as default comment
  • Option to clear existing ParksnPeaks spot comment when new comment is selected
  • Improved layout of logging screen with larger space for callsign entry
  • SMS SOTAwatch spots added – including Australia, Europe, North America, Austria, Hungary and Italy
  • SMS ParksnPeaks spots added – VK number only
  • Antenna in use field added to activation settings, ADIF and _all.csv output files
  • Recall of contacted station’s SOTA, WWFF and/or VK Shire reference from the previous QSO on the same local day.
  • Access control has been added to allow blocking VK port-a-log versions from accessing SOTAwatch and/or ParksnPeaks if they are no longer compatible.
  • Minor bug fixes.

Opening screen for VK port-a-log Gisborne_01

 

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Changes coming to SOTAwatch and VK port-a-log

The SOTA team who manage the SOTA database, have recently announced the February 29, 2020 shutdown of SOTAwatch2 and full implementation of SOTAwatch3. Details are available here.

So, what does this mean for VK port-a-log users?
For those using any version published before March 2019, including all Moondarra versions, the worst case is all SOTAwatch spot functions within VK port-a-log will stop operating and only SOTA chaser files will be accepted for upload.

Fortunately a small group have been beta testing a new version that is fully compatible with all the published changes that are coming to SOTAwatch. A number of bugs have been found and corrected and final testing is now underway.

In addition to being fully compatible with SOTAwatch3,  the new version also has the following additions;

  • Post QSO entry is now available
  • Short-cuts to common settings from the opening splash screen
  • ParksnPeaks spots are now processed via the new Parksnpeaks API
  • GPS coordinates display on the location screen now rounded to 5 decimal places
  • “On this day…” notifications only show once per day
  • SOTAwatch spots can be set to only show latest spot for each call sign
  • ParksnPeaks spots can be set to only show latest spot for each call sign
  • Hot keys can be hidden from the logging screen
  • On-air call sign can be shown at the top of screen
  • Tap SOTAwatch spots title to refresh spots list
  • Tap ParksnPeaks spots title to refresh spots list
  • Added S2S summit reference to SOTA notes field in combined SOTA csv file
  • Increased refresh of Spot sent time
  • Improved management of access to SOTAwatch and ParksnPeaks
  • Five drop down texts for SOTAwatch spot comments
  • Five drop down texts for ParksnPeaks spot comments
  • Option to use last selected SOTAwatch spot comment as default comment
  • Option to clear existing SOTAwatch spot comment when new comment is selected
  • Option to use last selected ParksnPeaks spot comment as default comment
  • Option to clear existing ParksnPeaks spot comment when new comment is selected
  • Improved layout of logging screen with larger space for callsign entry
  • SMS SOTAwatch spots added – including SMS gateways in Australia, Europe, North America, Austria, Hungary and Italy
  • SMS ParksnPeaks spots added – SMS gateway in Australia only
  • Antenna in use field added to activation settings, ADIF and _all.csv output files
  • Recall of contacted station’s SOTA, WWFF and/or VK Shire reference from the previous QSO on the same local day.
  • Various non-critical bugs have also been fixed.

All going well the next release of VK port-a-log will be made available, via the vk3zpf logger – IO group file section, on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

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VK3 portable activities gathering

A VK3 Portable activities “gathering” will take place on Sunday 11 August 2019, between 11am and 4pm at Doongalla Stables Picnic Area in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
If you are a seasoned portable operator or just interested in finding out more about Portable activities, you are most welcome to attend.

The Picnic Ground is located at Melway Map 66 C5,
https://www.google.com/maps/place/-37.847252, 145.343893 Access gate is beside 21 Simpsons Rd, The Basin.
The site has picnic tables, wood barbecues, car parking and toilets. The access road is gravel with limited passing opportunities and not recommended for caravans.

I look forward to meeting many of you and putting a face to the voice.

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AG7UO – my newest call sign

Last Saturday I sat the US Technician, General and Extra Class ham radio exams provided by VE Exams Australia https://vea.org.au/
The six examiners made the whole process work as smooth as possible.

Today I logged into the FCC database and found that I have been allocated the Extra Class call sign AG7UO.
I’m signed up to access a remote radio in Alabama and I’m just awaiting permission then I’ll see what the conditions are like on the other side of the world.

AG7UO

 

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