Monthly Archives: March 2014

New maritime mobile QSL

While I haven’t worked much in the way of DX since moving onto the boat I have worked some (and would like to work more!).  I’ve been contemplating using a different QSL card for those contacts and last night I opened up GIMP and started playing around.  I’m pretty happy with what I came up with:

W4OTN/MM QSL Card

W4OTN/MM QSL Card

The back of the card has a nice picture of our surroundings coming out of the channel at Smith Island.  To see that, though, you’ll have to work me while I’m on the boat.  I hope I get to send this card out to lots of people!

An alternative to QRZ.com

If you’ve been a QRZ.com user for a while you probably noticed a lock-down of information in recent years.  The effort prevents amateur radio operators from using automated methods (like logging software) to collect contact information on their fellow radio operators.  And while you can easily establish an account and pay for the service you can also obtain the same information for free.

HamQTH.com offers the same callsign lookup features for free.  Established as a way to make the CQRLOG logging software function without having to pay for free information, the service provides all the same callsign lookup features, log verification features, and page personalization all at the low cost of free.

Taking a look at my page you’ll see all the same information from QRZ.com but also propagation conditions and a log search function.  Take a look around and setup your account.  I suspect you’ll find these tools quite useful and at the correct price.

My Mapbox article for OpenSource.com

Mapbox Office

Mapbox Office

Back in December I met with Eric Gundersen (@ericg), CEO of Mapbox, and Alex Barth (@lxbarth), lead of Mapbox’s Data Team, at their DC office to discuss their work within the open source community.  I was happy to find their office have the “start up” feel to them and everyone seems to be very passionate about their work.  I’ve since run into a few Mapbox employees that, even outside the office, seem to have maps in their hearts.  I suspect this company will provide even more FOSS goodness in the future and will be one to watch.

If you haven’t read the story it can be found on the OpenSource.com website.