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|JOTA 2012||Oct 18th 2012, 09:05||1||308||on 18/10/12|
|Why isn't there more action on ARRL forum?||AA6E||on 18/10/12|
|There are many other forums (eham.com comes to mind). I have not found a compelling reason to prefer this forum above another.|
|QST in electronic format||KB0HAE||on 18/10/12|
|The propietary "adobe air" format they're using was obsolete before online QST was introduced; the only maker, Adobe, dropped linux support a few months before "electronic QST" was introduced.
You may be able to read it on your ipad today but good luck try to read it a few years on, when adobe decided to drop it on other platforms.
At least for PDF multiple implementations do exist, and supposed 'copyright' issues can be addressed by watermarking.
I was excited when I learned about this new feature. Having seen it a few months, and complained about it to ARRL (which hasn't been responded to), I'm disappointed as I can't use it
|JOTA 2012||PE1HZG||on 18/10/12|
|While ARRL reports about 250 registered JOTA stations in the USA, the very small country of the Netherlands has at least that many ;-). And we're looking for scouting stations elsewhere in the world.
A few useful data points:
The German amateur radio club DARC organizes a contest during the very same weekend as JOTA, causing severe, severe interference. There are contest-free segments, so listen for us there, see
There will be some two dozen stations reachable through our IRLP-capable repeaters. Call us on IRLP node 8600, 8610, 8620. We'll also monitor reflector 9091 which seems to be set up for this.
English is not a native language for our children, but is tought at school. Our kids may need a little encouragement so they learn that their English really does work for them. Please encourage them!
If you want to get an impression of our activity. have a look at
This is in Dutch but the site works remarkably well though google translate. You'll find attendance lists and maps there. We're in the big blurry spot in the southeast on the map.
Geert Jan PE1HZG
|Digital QST Survey||KE1CY||on 18/7/12|
|Adobe AIR was obsoleted the day digital QST was introduced. If it is difficult to get access to the content now, try in a few years when more platforms are 'obsoleted' by this propietary, single-supplier solution.
Please consider plain PDF. Watermark if you must. But leave technical content accessible with technical parameters, i.e. published standards, and long-term support.
I'm actually a bit dismayed by all this - when I found out about this problem, I sent mail to email@example.com assuming that mine, or a similar complaint from someone else, would make it. I did get a "thank you for your message" response, but 2 QST issues onwards the cheering messages did make it in the magazine but the complaint did not.