In reply to GM4ZFZ:
I have had requests to deliver some kind of sound alert for spots.
There are two ways of achieving this currently.
- Webmon. This is easily setup and delivers a sound on update
- IRC. The sotabot posts every spot to the IRC channel. Most IRC
software will give a sound alert.
I will write instructions for both.
Is this adequate? Delivering sound off the page is likely to be
problematic especially when the window doesn’t have focus.
A Webmon type facility is greatly appreciated as it enables other work to be untaken in/near the shack with only short SOTA diversions. The main problem has been that it generates too many “false” alerts, for example on colour (or is it color now!!) changes or when old spots fall off the page.
How about putting a hidden line on the home and spots page that changes only when a new spot is entered? The change could be just a change of a number within the line. The line could be clearly identified in the code so it can easily be selected within Webmon.
I see this as a small development that will be a substantial improvement over SOTAwatch1. It will overcome the sound generation problem, the false spots problem and also leave chasers with a familiar interface ie Webmon.
73 John GW4BVE