SOTA participant Rob DM1CM has been busy and has produced an online mapping application targeted at fellow SOTA participants. This uses Google Maps and offers a slew of features for users.
The Main optin will display the location of SOTA summits on a map. Icons are coloured to show differing points values. You can select association then region for a display of all the summits in that region. You can select a summit directly from the menu or by clicking on an icon on the map. This gives an info box for that summit showing position, locator, association, region, height, points and activation details. You can click the summit name to see the SOTAwatch info for the summit. Clicking on the last activator’s callsign takes you to their QRZ page. You can also show the area covered by the locator square the summit resides in. A panorama for this location is available if you click the panorama button. This shows a Google StreetView view for a point near the summit.
The Range options allows you to find summits with a selectable distance of town, location, locator or summit. A range circle is displayed centred on the location given. You can then select from the summits displayed to get more info. You can get driving directions from the centre of this zone to the summit selected with selectable routes. The road route is shown on the map.
Finally you can have spots from SOTAwatch displayed on a map. The display shows the last 20 or so spots in a list, you can click on the spot to zoom the map to the summit. Or you can display all spots over a user selectable period.
The app has been getting more stable over the last few days and now it’s time to tell people about it. There may still be the odd bug to fix. There’s a link from the database and will be one from SOTAwatch when Jon gets a moment to add it. If you go to the database, http://www.sotadata.org.uk/ and select the Summits menu you will see the option “SOTA Mapping Project” at the bottom of the list. Click that and you’re off and running.
The map works with all modern browsers (Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari) but doesn’t work with IE. IE has always been awkward to work with as it does so many things in a non-standard way. It’s a shame this doesn’t work with IE, but as all the other browsers are free, it wont cost anyone anything to try something different. I’m not sure if it will work with IE 10 when it comes out with Windows 8, due shortly. We can hope. Microsoft has been attempting to get IE to be standards compliant and hopefully they’ll achieve that within our lifetimes!