Eagle-eyed users will possibly have already noticed that the SOTA database is no longer showing any * symbols for confirmed QSOs in chaser logs. This is a deliberate, albeit temporary, measure to ensure that the database continues to perform its other functions in a robust manner.
There are now around 600,000 individual QSO records within the database, a total well beyond the expectations of everybody just a few years ago. The result is that the processing is taking longer and longer for things like requests to view a complete activator or chaser log. In fact, some of the larger chaser logs are taking more than ten seconds to cross-refer each QSO to its matching activator entry, thus resulting in the time-outs that some of you may have been experiencing lately.
In the longer term the database processing will need to be re-designed to cope with ever-larger file sizes, but, as an interim measure until the task can be completed, the asterisk processing has been suspended in order to reduce processing time.
There is, as yet, no timescale for its return. There are a number of enhancements planned for the database in the longer term, but Gary does not currently have the time available to carry out the work. We will issue progress reports when we have a firmer timescale.
In the mean time, it seems appropriate to remind everybody that the asterisk is NOT required for award claims.
73 de Les, G3VQO
obo SOTA MT