I’m trying to understand the innards of the club’s website in order to provide all the members with an improved place to get club information on the web. Please bear with me as I turn features on and off to see what the effect is on the “front side” of the site.
As you may have noticed, I’m also trying to make the site more visually attractive. And since it’s now the twenty-first century and browsers now display pictures and graphics, I thought I’d start to put some on the site to give your browsers a workout. But I need your help. If you have any pictures of club activities, please send them along and I’ll see if I can integrate them into the site.
You may also have noticed a couple of additions in the left sidebar. The first is an RSS feed from the WA7BNM 8-Day Contest Calendar. This lists contests from the previous day through the next six days. Clicking a link brings up a page with quite a detailed summary of the contest–the times, entry classes, exchange, and links to the sponsor’s rule page and log submission address.
At the bottom the the left sidebar (at least today), is an RSS feed of amateur radio news from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club in the UK. Since ham radio is a worldwide hobby, it’s nice to have a non-local slant on things.
In about the middle of the right sidebar is a form for callsign searches on QRZ.com for your convenience. And finally, in the list of links is a link to the results of my efforts in the ARRL 10-Meter Contest earlier this month as analyzed by some software called SH5. It’s not there to show off (I only made just over 200 contacts–what better equipped contest stations do in just over an hour) but as example of what we could do with the club’s logs for events like Field Day and Sweepstakes, and with members’ logs as well.
I also put it there to entice you to get on the air. We’re beginning to approach the maximum in a solar cycle that so far had been a big disappointment, but which is now producing conditions that we haven’t seen in years. Especially on 10-meters, a band that everybody with a license has privileges on.
Plug K8MU into that QRZ thingie and see that antenna I used in the contest and then check out the results. SH5 produced over 40 pages of analysis of a 200-contact log with charts and graphs and maps and propagation forecasts. Poke around the pages–there are links everywhere. It just might entice you to get on the air. Especially if you have a better antenna than mine!