[CQ-Contest] World Contest Station Database -- new and improved

Tim Makins, EI8IC ei8ic at eircom.net
Sun Dec 9 09:44:32 EST 2001

The database entry-form may be fixed, but what about the output ??????????

If I want to see what other stations are doing, I have to (a) know their
callsign, and (b) enter it into to the 'Query Database' box. One station at
a time ! Quite frankly, this is stone-age computing, Pete !!

If you want to make this database useful, you, or your database-guru, might
like to think about a variety of display options, such as:
* List all stations in a specified country
* List all stations in a specified CQ or ITU zone
* List all stations with antennas on, say, 160m.
* List all stations with towers over 100' high
* List all stations using the xxxxx transceiver or amp

etc. etc. etc.

This shouldn't be too difficult with today's software tools..

Tim, EI8IC
The European HF Contesting Website
Recent winner of the 'DX Zone' Editors choice Award.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: 08 December 2001 23:32
Subject: [CQ-Contest] World Contest Station Database -- new and improved

> As long-time readers of this reflector know, the World Contest Station
> Database was begun by Scott Tuthill, K7ZO in the 1995-97 period.
> Information about HF contest stations was harvested from the 3830
> reflector, organized in an Excel format, and made available for FTP.
> In 1999/2000, I worked with Scott's blessing to adapt the database so that
> it could be made accessible on the World Wide Web, and so that people
> submit revised information through the Internet.  Leigh Jones, KR6X,
> generously provided a web server as home for the database.
> Response from the contest community was very good, and the database grew
> early this year to over 1700 HF contest stations worldwide.  But as it
> grew, so did the burden of maintaining the database manually.  It had
> reached the point by this past February that I was spending several hours
> of grindingly dull labor a week to do that, and something had to give.
> Initially, I tried to develop a way to permit users to update their
> directly via the Web, but this approach foundered on technical and
> issues.  Then Mike Reublin, NF4L, came up with the idea of automating the
> off-line updating process instead, and wrote an elegant little piece of
> software to do the job.
> Now that this problem is solved, I've deployed a new release of the
> database, with several improvements.  Most notably, the previously
> databases for US/VE and other stations have been combined, so there is now
> only one query form and one form for updating.  The database is faster,
> the display of data is more readable.  All the updates that people
> from late February up through yesterday have been added, and the database
> is ready for use.
> With thanks to KR6X for his long and patient support, I've also moved the
> database to a new server.  The move should be transparent to most users,
> because the previous link through http://www.qsl.net/n4zr remains in
> service.  You can also access the database at the PVRC home page,
> www.pvrc.org.
> Please drop by, and let me know what you think.
> 73, Pete N4ZR
> www.qsl.net/n4zr
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