[OhQP-mail] Update to Planned Operations Page...

K9TM k9tm at buckeye-express.com
Sun Jul 31 15:23:28 EDT 2011

There was a note string earlier this week that I found curious as it challenged that the OhQP web site is somehow not close to "state of the art" because a map of planned operations was not available.  After looking at the cited examples from the note string, I found that the examples were what I would term static maps.  They were created by humans by hand and posted into web pages by humans... all by hand and at the timing and discretion of a human.  I had provided a similar map product in 2009 for OhQP but found it too time consuming to be practical for the time I have available.

The OhQP web page is one of the only QSO Party web pages I could find that allows the planned operations information to be dynamically collected and available without human intervention to generate the web pages.  I don't want to belittle any other QP's efforts (we're all doing our best with what we have) but I think that automatic pages are more "state of the art" than manual pages.  If any other QP folks are tuning in, I'm happy to share how to do this to help your QP if you are interested (it's a huge time saver!).

I was only able to find one other QP (other than OhQP/MiQP) that had the ability to collect info and publish it in a table without human intervention.  I was not able to find a single QP that had the ability to collect info and publish it in map form without human intervention... until now!  I have done some work over the weekend and now the OhQP planned operations page also includes a map with the counties colored in depending on if there is a planned operation or not.

In the future other things can be added to the map but for now I have other items to work on to keep the OhQP/MiQP moving and will not be able to add additional features to the map until next year.

I've altered the existing 2011 Plans page to include the map at the bottom of the page.

Hope the addition of the map helps in planning your operation for OhQP.

73, Tim K9TM
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