Saturday, November 30, 2013

Ham Finder 1.0 release!

For the last few months, I've been working on a project, which I just released to the world today. I haven't wanted to say much about it until I managed to get it released, but as it's now out there, I figured I'd let it go!

The project is named Ham Finder. Essentially, it's aim is to be the ultimate tool to assist the mobile amateur radio operator. I have a whole bunch of things planned for it, but the tool itself is simple, and for the moment, focused on the US. That isn't to say that it won't work outside of the US, but functionality will be somewhat limited outside of the US for now.

Here's an example output of the tool. For the purpose of testing this, I spoofed the location to the White House. It shows the lat/long, grid square, county, and more.

For another example, see this view from Arlington. Note that it also gives the DXCC, the prefix (K4), and other relevant information.

For the future, as mentioned, I have quite a few planned upgrades. There isn't a whole lot that I'll commit to at this moment, but I will promise that shortly the capability will exist to get the data offline, and remove ads, for a small price. In addition, I'm hoping to improve the logging system considerable, and export to ADIF, and possible other formats as well.

If you could be kind and give me feedback on this app, I'd love to hear from you! I really am hoping to make this an awesome program, and I appreciate all of the help in knowing where to take it!

Friday, November 22, 2013

ARRL Sweepstakes

This past weekend, I participated in the ARRL Sweepstakes. Just thought I'd share my results.

  • 45/50 states worked, including all required for WAS!
  • 59/83 ARRL sections worked
  • 120 QSOs
  • 14400 points
With only spending a few hours, I was able to do pretty well. I managed to get the states I needed for Worked All States (WAS), and picked up quite a few new band/states to boot. All in all, it was a pretty successful adventure, and a fun time! As of yet, I haven't achieved WAS yet, but I'm just waiting on a few last states that I picked up during the contest. Hopefully it'll work out soon!