[OhQP-mail] Map of planned activity?

Alan Sewell N5NA alan.n5na at gmail.com
Tue Jul 26 21:24:51 EDT 2011

My intent in creating the OHQP activity map was to demonstrate what was 
possible using CQ/X to create a KML and displaying it on Google Maps.  I 
really don't want to be the one to keep it up to date even though it's 
not particularly a big job.  I think an OH station interested in the 
OHQP should handle that job.  Once you've learned how to create the KML 
it only takes a couple of minutes to create a new one with the updated data.

As far as the web site, the Google Map page has a link with the code to 
embed an iframe on a web page.  If the same KML file name is used for 
each update there is no need to update any link in the iframe.

You can also add mobile route paths as well as APRS tracking to the 
KML.  It makes for a pretty cool presentation and tool for those 
planning what counties to activate as well as following mobiles on the 
day of the QSO party.

73,  Alan  N5NA

On 7/26/2011 7:55 PM, Hank Greeb wrote:
> "For those who want a map . . . .  , they could install the software 
> Alan mentioned and do it themselves if they really wanted a map"
> Agreed, but if one person is doing it, why not "tag along" with a link 
> to his/her efforts?
> On the Illinois QSO Party site, and the INQP site, the maps are 
> updated something like once a month for the first few months of 
> "production", perhaps once a week in the month prior to the contest, 
> and the day before for the last minute additions.
> But, just adding a link to the "maps" from people like Alan, N5NA, 
> should be very simple.  (That is, if Alan agrees that he'll update the 
> map at least the day before the event.)
> But, as you say, pointing toward OHQP 2012 for such a feature might be 
> more practical.
> 72/73 de n8xx Hg
> On 7/26/2011 8:29 PM, Mike Tindor / AA8IA wrote:
>> Although Alan's map is really nice, my personal thought is the layout 
>> that Tim has set up looks great and perfectly usable.  I wouldn't 
>> recommend that Tim [or whomever else is doing web chores these days] 
>> be expected to take on the additional task of creating a map and 
>> keeping it updated between now and OhQP 2011.   Using Alan's method, 
>> It does require manual intervention by at least one person to update 
>> the map each time, and then somebody has to upload the KML file to 
>> the website.   Perhaps someone might want to think about the map idea 
>> for next year... but for this year I think things are great just the 
>> way they are.
>> For those who want a map or want to map their mobile routes, they 
>> could install the software Alan mentioned and do it themselves if 
>> they really wanted a map.
>> Just my 2 cents, FWIW.
>> Mike / AA8IA
>> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 8:16 PM, Hank Greeb <n8xx at arrl.org 
>> <mailto:n8xx at arrl.org>> wrote:
>>     Alan:
>>     Thanks!
>>     Perhaps we could have a link to your very nice work on the OHQP
>>     web page?,  Or embed the map into a page of ohqp.org 
>> <http://ohqp.org>
>>     73 de n8xx Hg
>>     Operating as N1L/BROWn during OHQP 2011
>>     On 7/26/2011 4:17 PM, Alan Sewell N5NA wrote:
>>         Here is a map of the planned OH county activations as of today.
>> <http://tinyurl.com/442fe9l>
>>         73,  Alan  N5NA
>>         On 7/26/2011 1:12 PM, Alan Sewell N5NA wrote:
>>             And by manipulating the data a bit on the CH needs web 
>> page (
>> <http://www.cquest.com/cgi-bin/flynn/needs.pl> ) you can
>>             create a map
>>             showing which counties are most needed by the county 
>> hunters.
>> <http://tinyurl.com/3gxu42e>
>>             73,  Alan  N5NA

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