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1/24/10 - New Pages Added

More Toys! sometimes I feel like a kid in a candy shop. Nothing like playing with toys!

In this case I have added DX Spot data from DX Sumit DX Cluster. That is the toy. The second item is covering the impacts of Cellphone Laws towards amateur radio usage in a moving vehicle.

What drove me (pun intended) to compiling this information was the release of British Columbia's recent law on 1/1/2010. I learned that as a FCC licensed ham operator, I wasn't covered by the law and could be issued a citation while operating in a moving vehicle in that province.

So my thoughts are to be forewarned thus forearmed. Not to mention that this can give purpose to this website!

Woohoo!!!! A mission!!

Both new pages are still under construction as I have a "TON" of reading to do. I'm abount 50% complete for the United States and also have started on the Canadian Laws. When you get a chance, take a look. It can be an eye opener!

***Cellphone Laws...***

and

***DX Spots...***



11/25/09 - Website Improvements

It is amazing what one can do when you get a couple of days off from work!

I have started to improve of the sites feel and look as part of a continuing effort to keep things interesting. After looking around I have pretty much settled on the usage of two themes. Unlike the last 10 months, I have made the light theme as the default instead of the dark. I have had some input to the effect that this is easier on the eyes to view. The dark theme is still in place but only as a user selection for those who have an account.

I have improved on function with the addition of animated drop down menus to select the different links on this site. This friendly approach is in alignment with today's standard site designs. Also, by having it easier to navigate, I have been able to remove the hard links in the left column to allow for easier viewing of the events calendar.

Another change is the rotating banner at the top of the pages. Now in most sites, this is used for drive by commercial ads which may or may not reflect well on the site owner or the users. I'm using this technology to allow for a freshened look which is easily updated without impact to the rest of the site fit, form or function. I'll be working with localized images to include on the rotating banner to give this site an original flavor.

I took the time to change the APRS maps back to standard displays to speed up the loading of the pages. The AIS pages were left in the satellite view as this is a little more interesting for tracking marine vessels in our local water ways.

Speaking of interesting.... Did I mention that I have added in the local and semi local amateur radio related events in the calendar. This gives you a heads up on upcoming events to plan for. After all, we all know that this is way more important than cleaning gutters, cutting grass, working..... And those endless "Honey Do's"!

Last but not least is that I have updated the amateur radio statistics numbers to 2009. Now I have to admit that I was going to leave the old in place as they were a bit stronger then what we have today. Genericly speaking, the USA numbers are slowly starting to shrink. This is a reflection of this being an old man's hobby with the view of little to no relevance to the real world. The ARRL is finally coming on board in their global communication through the official website giving a fresh look that may capture the younger generations attention. Without it and other means to communicate with the generation "X" and "Y" groups, we will see this fade even further.

6/24/09 - Website Updates...

This has been really Cool!

If you hadn't noticed, this site is continuing to grow. I was wondering what I should do with the site. I was trying to give it a mission in support of the communications hobby. But with my perception of this site lacking an identity, I have given it the personality which is attracting new people.

Yesterday, the site passed a new milestone. Scott (N7SS) posted the first comment on the site. Now to most out here on the Internet, this isn't something special. But to me, it shows that others are wanting to have a voice too. And to me, that is what communications is all about!

I started to do some site cleanup and re-organization. With the collection of articles growing and the potential for members to comment, I thought it would be better served to have things broken out better.

So as you read the articles and information presented here, you have an opportunity to make comment or expand on those thoughts. All you need is to register on this site. Don't forget that your user ID will be your callsign. I will verify your account to keep the unwanted spam off this site.

Happy surfing!



5/31/09 - Some Additions added to the Site.

As with ay web site, one has to keep it up to speed.

As I get inputs from users around the world in addition to my own web browsing, there are some nice little trinkets that can be easily added. Towards the bottom of the "Ionospheric Propagation Maps" page, I have added in a couple of indicators from the DXrobot and MMMonVHF websites. These give quick indications to propagation conditions in reference to aurora and E-Skip conditions.

My thought is not to recreate the cool items on the world wide web but to have them conveniently located on a single site for users to easily reference.

In additional to the above, I am working on a DX Spot page. I have a working model in place but am having issues with it's "look" under this site CSS template. So in street talk... It looks like *&^$&^$)!!!

Oh..... That reminds me! Did you know that I have multiple templates enabled for a "Logged In User"? This is to allow you change the look of this site under your profile. A good example is that you can view this site with a white background for those having troubles with the dark themes. This is a feature added for your improved user experience.

Well, I better stop rambling on (Like we hams ever do that!). Till next time, best of 73 and good DX.



5/17/09 - The New KG7HQ Site Calendar

I have been waffling on doing this for quite some time.
After chatting with different individuals who visit this site, I have decided to add in a calendar function to the site. I have started with the major ARRL listed events for Washington State to start with. Now it's time to p5/17/09 - The New KG7HQ Site Calendar put forth the question to what you what as the end user.
How often do you get offered to help shape a website content? Most of us get suck with what someone else wants instead of what is really needed. So here is your chance!
Drop me a line on your thoughts for additions.

4/29/09 - Website Mention on the K7RA Solar Update

With an input from site member K7IP (Doug), K7RA had mention this site for the Ionospheric Propagation Maps.
K7RA provides great information about Solar activities on the ARRL Website. This serves as a great resource to understanding how the sun plays a major role on our propagation. See the information at http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/04/24/10783/

4/16/09- Looking Global with Twitter

Practising what we preach.

In my articles posted on 4/4/09, I criticize hobby related clubs and organizations about promoting themselves as the "old timers" club. This serious lack of interest to honestly place effort towards communicating with the younger generations.

It is very easy to cast stones here on the internet while sitting behind a computing screen where no one can see or touch you. So, it is "my" turn to start forward with this concept.

So.... What is twitter? To a young person... Generation "X" and "Y", this is a easy communications tool that spans across the world. from the twitter.com site itself... "Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends."

So it starts. Lets see if there are young people that would be interested in moving beyond the computers and into radio.

4/4/09 - A change in look and feel.... The new Site

Information on the kg7hq.wetnet.net site upgrade....

Hello,

All good things can be improved on. This goes for the KG7HQ website. Like my host, wetnet.net, I'm going through several upgrades on this site. As I move forward with it, you will notice the changes in look and feel. There is an increased potential for you as the end user as these new items come on line.

One of these improvements is the addition of the interactive APRS pages. This allows for you to not only see activity in a specific area, but also to drag, zoom and gain additional information. If there is an additional area in the Pacific Northwest you would like to see posted, please drop me a line.

Another item added is a ionospheric map page to show current propagation and aurora maps focusing on North America. This and other information I'm gathering will provide an enhanced experience for the users of this website.

All the hyper-links have been moved and verified off the old site onto this one. With this, I have added many additional links in support of the communications hobby.

As I get a handle on things, you will also be able to submit items of interest for posting and comments by others. This will only be enabled for verified registered individuals on this new site design. Your old registration has been deleted to help on a more secured system. I will verify each and every individual to prevent attempts on unauthorized spamming or hacking.

Best of 73's

Michael - KG7HQ