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New version of Spotlite


#1

Hi,

There is now a new version of spotlite at: http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite

The old version will continue to work for the time being but will be discontinued at some point in the future.

The new version, by request, has a couple of new features:

  • the ability to add alerts
  • a ‘Get URL’ button to make it easier to save spots/alerts as favourites on your phone.

It’s a little rough around the edges and does need some more work so please do let me have any feedback and suggestions and I will try and improve it over time.

73, Jon


#2

In reply to GM4ZFZ:
Thanks Jon set up and working - looks good.

Roger G4OWG


#3

In reply to GM4ZFZ:

The new version, by request, has a couple of new features:

  • the ability to add alerts

Many thanks ! that’s what I was waiting for!
Have no Internet acces from my holyday QRA and could’nt send alerts.

Where can we find more explanations as in the old version ?

http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/alert/ followed by key/value pairs
Sri, dont’t know what is that KEY/VALUE pair ?

73 Alain F6ENO


#4

In reply to F6ENO:

Hi Alain,

The best way to get a feel for this is to play with the form and the ‘Get URL’ button.

For instance, a partially complete form with just the callsign and date fields filled in gives:
http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/alert/actCallsign/GM4ZFZ/date/2008-06-01

A fully completed form (apart from password) may give something like:
http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/alert/actCallsign/GM4ZFZ/assoc/GM/summit/WS-001/freq/7.030/mode/cw/date/2008-06-01/time/12:00/comments/test/callsign/GM4ZFZ

So the possible ‘keys’ for alerts would be:

actCallsign
assoc
summit
freq
mode
date
time
comments
callsign
password

Hope this helps. At some point I will try and write some more comprehensive instructions.

73, Jon


#5

In reply to GM4ZFZ:

Hi Jon,

Many thanks for the update. I have now changed my bookmark for posting and it comes up okay. However, I have also added

http://www.sotawatch.org

as an address for general monitoring (to find out who else is QRV for potential S2S contacts) and all I get is a message: “Sorry”. Can you shed any light on this?

73, Gerald


#6

In reply to DL4MFM:

Hi Mario,

with DL4MFM/P it doesn’t work
Maybe because the slash is the separator?

Yes, correct. Obviously slashes mean something else in URLs! This is what I mean about it being a bit ‘rough around the edges’! I suspect at somepoint I’ll be able to figure out a way of getting around this.

So, for now, no slashes. Sorry!

73, Jon

P.S. I suppose by definition an activator is always /P so perhaps I should ‘hard code’ it?


#7

In reply to G4OIG:

However, I have also added
http://www.sotawatch.org
as an address for general monitoring (to find out who else is QRV for
potential S2S contacts) and all I get is a message: “Sorry”.
Can you shed any light on this?

To be honest, I have no idea what is happening here. Stumped!

However, you can get a both a simple list of spots and alerts with the following URLs:

http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displaySpots
http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displayAlerts

Maybe this will help.

73, Jon


#8

In reply to GM4ZFZ:
Many thanks Jon !

Now I’ll be able to try it and post infos about new spotlite on the french reflector soon.

73
Alain F6ENO


#9

In reply to DL4MFM:

should ‘hard code’ it?

Now it works here (without ‘/P’).
How can I hard code it ?

Thanks for your help !

It seems that space ($20) in comments gives same problem as ‘/P’

Alain F6ENO


#10

In reply to GM4ZFZ:

So, for now, no slashes. Sorry!

And no spots from other countries as well :wink:

P.S. I suppose by definition an activator is always /P so perhaps I should ‘hard code’ it?

Would make sense :wink:

73 Norby


#11

In reply to LX1NO:
Don’t forget that there are some countries where it is required to show the callarea of a portable operation. I think this applies in Hungary and if I am not mistaken, Austria. They sign OE5xxx/4 if they operate portable from the Austrian callarea 4 etc. in place of the customary /P.
Could some of our SOTA friends from OE and / or HA confirm or otherwise?
73 de Ken


#12

In reply to GM4ZFZ:

However, you can get a both a simple list of spots and alerts with the
following URLs:

http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displaySpots
http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displayAlerts

Thanks John, just what I wanted! It’s mainly to check on progress with other activations that may provide S2S contacts. Mind you, I often get told who is on and where by Chasers.

73, Gerald


#13

In reply to GM4ZFZ:

http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displaySpots
http://www.sota.org.uk/Spotlite/displayAlerts

Jon,

Is there any reason the format of the output from these is different to the older version ? (no … between each entry).

Stewart


#14

In reply to LX1NO:

Norby, Mario & Others,

OK, thanks very much - being thick here - we really do need slashes.

I have modified the code to replace slashes “/” with dots (fullstops, periods) “.” in the URL. I chose this because it would be easier to find on a mobile phone than a hyphen (at least it is on mine).

So if you create the URL yourself, use a dot in place of a slash. The ‘Get URL’ button does it automatically.

Alain, regarding spaces: The spaces in the comments field will be replaced by “%20”. This is perfectly normal and is how the URL handles spaces.

73, Jon


#15

In reply to G0LGS:

Hi Stewart,

Is there any reason the format of the output from these is different
to the older version ? (no … between each entry).

No reason at all. Would you like them back?

Anything else I can do to improve the layout?

73, Jon


#16

In reply to GM4ZFZ:
Wont that (.) create a problem with the frequency field Jon?

Roger G4OWG


#17

In reply to G4OWG:

Wont that (.) create a problem with the frequency field Jon?

No, it only does the replace on the activating callsign field at the moment.

73, Jon