I added a new feature to the azimuthal map program to give people the option to add a latitude/longitude grid and Maidenhead grid square labels. This turned out to require an adventure in the world of cubic spline interpolation, but that’s a story for another time. These new features are turned off by default because the map is already pretty dense with information.
Point your antennas to CM97bp (Jamboree on the Air)
In celebration of Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary, Northern California BSA is having a jamboree, and East Bay hams are putting on a jamboree on the air (JOTA) station to give scouts a chance to get on the air. The station call sign is WZ6BSA, and it should be accessible via HF, VHF (including IRLP), and satellite (when visible from CM97bp). You can get more information here. I am going to be the HF control operator 9am-1pm PDT tomorrow.
Want to see where maps have been generated for?
I wrote a script to generate a map showing all the locations for which maps have been generated. There is also a link to show a graph of the number of maps generated per day.
New WordPress plugin for solar-terrestrial data
I wrote a WordPress width plugin to display N0NBH’s fabulous banners that display solar-terrestrial data of interest to ham radio enthusiasts. These banners show lots of useful information including predictions of HF/VHF propagation.
More paper sizes
Someone on the eham.net rating site said, “It would be nice if you could scale up the map to a ‘C’ or ‘D’ size sheet.” I wasn’t sure what to make of this because the map program support about 48 paper sizes (mostly European ISO paper sizes). Well, Wikipedia to the rescue. I’ve added ANSI paper sizes A, B, C, D, and E. Tabloid is a synonym for ANSI B. If there are other common paper sizes that people would like to use, let me know in a comment here.
An easier way to get an approximate location
Radial lines every 5° and other improvements
Tom (K8ERV) pointed out that having radials every 7.5° was not very intuitive, so now the map program generates maps with radials every 5°. This spacing makes more sense because the outer ring has major hash marks every 10° and minor marks every degree.
Due to feedback from John Faughn and Tom (K8ERV), I modified the server to set the Content-Disposition header to specify a filename. This resolved various problems
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