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    I'm adding a new way to filter spots in CommCat. One of the options will be to filter spots based on your needing it (unconfirmed) for a particular award. Here is a poll to tell us what your favorite awards are to help with my planning. If you don't see an award in the list, please post your wishes to this thread.
    22
    DXCC
    18.18%
    4
    WPX
    13.64%
    3
    WAZ
    22.73%
    5
    IOTA
    9.09%
    2
    WAS
    18.18%
    4
    County
    9.09%
    2
    Grid
    9.09%
    2
    Other
    0.00%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Howard W6HN
    http://w6hn.com
    Blog: http://myqsx.net

  • #2
    Awards Tracking

    CommCAT already does a super job of tracking DXCC, WAS and WAC. Award submission is well supported for DXCC (I haven't tried using it for the other 2). Grid support is essential to make CC a viable program for VHF/UHF and Satellite operators. Without WAZ support, CC is incomplete in its attraction for DXers.

    Counties are not important to me, personally, My understanding is that county hunters are numerous and rabid. I believe there are other programs out there that do a good job supporting county hunters, so I'd place a lower priority on that.

    To make spot alerts work for WAZ, you will need to adopt some "fuzzy logic" rules. Alerts may turn out to be more on the order of: "This could conceivably be a zone you need. WFWL"

    For grids, you may need to use data in the notes field of a spot, but for people with high speed internet and fast computers, you might try a QRZ.com lookup for either the grid, or for a zipcode which CC can convert to a grid. That would work only for countries that have that kind of data available.

    For counties, a QRZ.com lookup should be able to identify home counties, but spot notes might be needed for portable stations or rovers.

    For zones, counties and grids, I'd recommend a supplemental approach --- building up an internal database of stations and their known grids, counties and zones. This would exactly parallel the spotter distance approach, but needs to have a method of manually entering the data --- county, grid, zone and a way of building the data base up automatically using on-line sources like qrz.com. Such a process, which would be time consuming, should be able to be run off-line, i.e. at the operator's option when use of CC for normal ops is not planned. The buildup of this database needs to have a way for ambiguities and missing data to be identified and allow for operator intervention with known good data.

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    • #3
      Thanks, Brian! Just the kind of feedback I'm hoping to get.

      As far as US lookups for County and State, the best solution might be to use the FCC database on your hard disk rather than QRZ. That suggests having a special lookup option for this sort of thing. You could use QRZ for normal lookups and FCC for quick lookups.

      CommCat already collects counties and states through lookup, but only for spotters and not the DX. That info is kept in the Spotter Distance database.

      What I have in mind for the first phase is to provide quick filters for the DX Spot Manager. This would supplement the present Rule based system, but be more interactive.

      As you suggest, Zone discrimination is a messier problem that the others. Spots will pass the filter as unconfirmed when there isn't an exact match, which is probably better than the other way around.
      Howard W6HN
      http://w6hn.com
      Blog: http://myqsx.net

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      • #4
        The one I'd really like to see supported is 5B WAZ. This award is really the pinacle of HF DXing, yet I'm surprised no loggers support it.

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        • #5
          Thanks for your input, Peter. WAZ support will be improved after the next major release, which is getting quite close to being finished. Adding 5B WAZ to the list is an excellent suggestion. (The upcoming release does have new features to help you find needed spots for DXCC, WAZ, WPX, WAS, IOTA, and County.)
          Howard W6HN
          http://w6hn.com
          Blog: http://myqsx.net

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