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Where did it go?

Hey everyone.

It seems a change in careers, some increasing health issues, and life in general has moved me away from SOTA. But the last few weeks we have been asked to practice “Social Distancing”, and the control room is now limited to the on-duty crew, everyone else stand by at home. So I’ve become a little more active of late. There is talk of a control room lock down, and as a senior operator I expect to be called up. But so far El Paso has been relatively virus free. The recommendation is groups no larger than 10, restaurants only allowed 1/2-capacity, and social distancing. So a lock-down of the electric utility control room is not imminent. Yet. Sunlight and exercise away from others is being encouraged (UV light kills it). Sounds like a summit to me!

Trying to get a grasp of all the changes. One thing that seems to have slipped away was the Google Earth .KML file. As I recall, before the demise of Yahoo Groups, there was a Yahoo Group called SUMMITS. Within that group was a file that was sometimes updated called Summits.kml. If possible, I’d like to rediscover where the file is available now. I find Google Earth quite valuable for activating and chasing, but I today discovered my present file is nearly a year out of date. Any direction to that file much appreciated.

Vy73 – Mike – El Paso, TX – DM81rt.

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Hi Mike,
Welcome back.

Regional KML files of the particular area you are interesting in can be generated from the SOTAMaps site here - https://www.sotamaps.org/ (or linked to from various SOTA websites).

73 Ed DD5LP

I still produce this file as part of my normal workflow, but both of the places that I used to upload it to have gone away.

However, I no longer think it is useful for its original purpose. In my experience, Google Earth just cannot cope with so many points. For a while I thought the problem was my tired old home computer. However I have now upgraded to a fairly serious machine (10 core, 64GB, NVMe flash disc) and Google Earth still chokes on summits.kml. It no longer brings the entire machine to a halt, but Google Earth itself becomes almost totally unresponsive for long periods. It seems that the sheer number of summits overwhelms it.

My script does support generating a file for a subset of summits, but I cannot easily expose that function publicly.

Meanwhile, as Ed pointed out, we have the SOTA mapping project which can produce customised KML files. That didn’t exist when I started making my file, though it sounds from other threads like it may itself be under threat.

I can mail you a summits.kml or summits.kmz if you like, but to be honest I don’t think you will find it useful.

Martyn M1MAJ

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Hi Martyn and Ed.

Actually, I find that file to be very helpful in places where I have no internet. And to keep it from slowing the system (wife made me upgrade to a monster Win-10 desktop so it hasn’t been bad), I just leave everything unchecked until I need it. That has worked out superbly for me.

What prompted me to search for the file was I saw an activation for an XE station, and the .KML file I presently have did not contain the XE data.

I would very much appreciate having that file. Download, E-mail, whatever is easiest for you.

We just dumped a 150 MW generator - gotta go. TU. Mike-KD5KC.

Thank you for the file. This is how I set it into Google Earth, and by only selecting the summit or the group of summits I am looking at, it is not a burden on the system resources.

Once again, I do very much appreciate an updated version. MEXICO has SUMMITS !!! I wonder what I need to do to activate any. I guess I need to contact my old Army friend Jeryl. He is always inviting me to visit.

Thanks very much.

Vy73 – Mike – KD5KC.