Logsearch Update – November 2019

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The latest update (v0.0.10) has just been released…

The headline is (once again) the addition of a number of new awards and award steps, plus a bit of tidying up.

Issues Addressed

This update revises the following new awards and/or award levels:

  • Issue #00013 – Add new levels OHFF-A-600 and OHFF-H-600
  • Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-25 and LZFF-H-50
  • Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-100 and LAFF-H-100
  • Issue #00027 – Add new level PAFF-H-150
  • Issue #00034 – Add new levels MRPA-A-60 and MRPA-H-60 (VKFF program)
  • Issue #00035 – Add new level ONFF-H-700

This update also addresses the following other issues:

  • Issue #00006 – Fix to P2P confirmation
  • Issue #00025 – PHP7 incompatibilities
  • Issue #00038 – “My Awards” page moved into Admin area
  • Issue #00039 – Log Upload diagnostics

Open Issues can be found in the Issue Tracker.

Future Plans

Further work is ongoing, but all being well, the next update will (at long last) address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I thought I had the answer, but some work is still needed.

It still hasn’t happened, but in the near future, all CTFF references, activations and QSOs/P2Ps in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series. This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!

Personal Note

Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!

Feedback

Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.

Beautiful nature – a private comment

Under the current situation where nobody knows how it will continue and how long it will take I would apply to everybody to act within the rules which were given out by the authorities.

Of course everybody is able to go out in a limited way if it´s a need for his health-condition. Was also one time out at almost the end of the world last sunday, with nobody around, as I almost became the crisis at home.

However I generally would recommend to avoid some forced activities (like outside-contests) in the coming weeks where it is important to jump from one place to the other. These activities can be also done later.

Currently it looks like the only way to get it better under control will be, when everybody is reducing his contacts to a minimum.

Nature will be also available in one,two or three months later. Take care on yourself and on your neighbours, friends and the whole community.

73, 44,  good health, Manfred DF6EX

RFF-0176 — the “Severnyi Polyus” Drifting Ice Polar Station

On April 14–17, during their trip to the North Pole, Martina DF3TS and Thomas DC8TM will be active on air from the “Barneo” drifting ice camp as RA/DF3TS/p and RA/DC8TM/p.

Martina DF3TS during their with Thomas DC8TM trip to VK-land

The future of the “Barneo” ice camp is unclear, and because of the catastrophically shrinking ice area in the Arctic Ocean, the possibility of establishing a QSO with any other drifting ice camp in the future is becoming increasingly doubtful. Thus, in a month there will be a unique chance to add on score the RFF-0176 — the “Severnyi Polyus” drifting ice polar station.

Martina and Thomas will be active SSB on the 40, 20 and 17 M bands with an emphasis on 20 m band, most likely around WWFF frequencies of 18.144, 14.244 and 7.144 kHz ±QRM, as well as FT8 on 40–30–20–17 M bands.
Yaesu FT-991 100 watt transceiver with LiFePO4 batteries and vertical dipoles antennas will be used.

A short (~30 min) activity is planned from the Pole itself by the special callsign DP0LE (not RFF-0176) during the raid to the geographic North Pole.

Thomas DC8TM somewhere in VK-land

Martina and Thomas will arrive to Svalbard (Longyearbyen town and airport) on April 10 and, pending a flight to “Barneo”, it is very likely they will appear on air as JW/DF3TS and JW/DC8TM until April 13 — IOTA EU-026 and, perhaps, some Norwegian WWFF reference not far away the town (there are 7 LAFF references on Svalbard, 5 of which have never been activated before).

You can find out about this trip more detalied and precisely on the page of Thomas https://www.qrz.com/db/DC8TM

73 & 44! Vit, RN3ANT
RFF coordinator

Logsearch Update v0.0.11

The latest update (v0.0.11) has just been released…

The headline is (once again) the addition of a number of new awards and award steps, plus a bit of tidying up.

Note: some of these have been pre-released…

Issues Addressed

This update revises the following new awards and/or award levels:

  • Issue #00020 – Add new levels LZFF-A-30 and LZFF-H-60
  • Issue #00024 – Add new levels LAFF-A-150 and LAFF-H-150
  • Issue #00035 – Add new level ONFF-H-800
  • Issue #00040 – Add new Activator Points award on WWFF page
  • Issue #00051 – Add new level P2P-1044
  • Issue #00050 – Add new award RFF-A-5 and RFF-H-11

This update also makes some changes to the Directory:

  • Issue #00041 – Fix support for VEFF Provinces and Territories
  • Issue #00044 – Show details of previous activations on individual directory pages
  • Issue #00049 – Remove status column from Directory listing

This update also addresses the following other issues:

  • Issue #00019 – Confirmation emails show correct endorsements
  • Issue #00037 – Top Operators – fix broken HTML tags
  • Issue #00042 – Add support for Year 2020
  • Issue #00043 – Fix TopOperators and ReferenceStats program selection
  • Issue #00048 – Add support for modes MSK144 (and PKT) previously missed
  • Issue #00050 – Add YEAR selection to seach-box
  • Issue #00052 – LogUpload – trap broken callsigns starting with 0 (zero) or 1 (one)
  • Issue #00053 – Performance Enhancements!

Open Issues can be found in the Issue Tracker.

Future Plans

Further work is ongoing… especially to try and address the lack of Club Station reports in “Top Operators”… I thought I had the answer, but it made the queries too complicated and affected server performance.

It still hasn’t happened, but in the near future, all CTFF references, activations and QSOs/P2Ps in The Azores will be migrated to a new CUFF series. This has been promised for a while (including in the last updates), but time has been in short supply!

Personal Note

Development of Logsearch has to fit around family and work commitments! Unfortunately, my job means I’m on the road a lot!

Feedback

Any problems, or new feature requests, via the Help Desk Forum please.

WWFF Activator Points Awards (Update)

Further to the recent announcement, the WWFF Committee are pleased to confirm the launch of a new award for Activators… the WWFF Activator Points Award.

As previously announced, this will launch on 2020-01-01 00:00:01utc – only QSOs made on or after this time shall be valid for the new award (but, obviously are valid for the other WWFF awards.

Points will be awarded as follows:

  • One point for each 44 QSOs from a reference (up to a maximum of 10 points, for 440 QSOs or above) per calendar year.
  • Five points for each DX Entity where a reference has been sucessfully activated from, per calendar year.

Certificates will be issued for 11, 22, 44 and 88 points… higher levels will be determined in due course. Thanks to Francois ON5SWA for taking on the role of Award Manger.

Logsearch is already configured to report the points running total… applications will be enabled shortly…

KFF Marathon Challenge

Beginning January 1, 2020 KFF will sponsor a KFF Marathon Challenge – a year long activity wherein we will recognize the achievers who work, or activate, the most KFF References during the calendar year.

There will be categories for:

  • Top Activator
  • Top North American Hunters
  • Top DX Hunters.

The effect of the Marathon Challenge will be that on January 1st, for the sake of the Challenge, everybody’s KFF counter will reset to zero, and all KFF References will be “New” again.

This opens a whole new world for Hunters and Activators alike… Will your call be on the January Leaderboard?

Note: For the avoidance of any doubt, the existing KFF awards continue as well!

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