People who know me a bit, know that i love things that are awesome. Then again, who doesn’t? Specifically, i love things that make my already tough life easier
I think i have found something like that. Just like a lot of hams i’m collecting new DXCC’s all of the time, but once you passed the first 50, things get harder. Of course you can just wait and hope to get lucky, but you can also use some usefull tools to help you find the DXCC’s you haven’t worked yet. Recently i did a check on which european DXCC’s i haven’t worked yet and i was quite surprised about the number i didn’t have in my logbook yet. I searched, and found the ve7cc DX cluster program. It looks like it’s developed somewhere in the 80′s, which it probably is, but it does what it should be doing. There are of course many online clusters, but this little application has the posibillity to set e-mailalerts. If you have a windowsmachine running 24/7 (which i have), you can install it and set e-mailalerts on the prefixes you haven’t got yet, on the parts of the band you prefer. As soon as a wanted station is being spotted, you will receive an e-mail instantly. I have the alerts set for the bands where i’m allowed to transmit, with an exception for the CW parts, because CW is for old guys and i’m obviously a young god
No but seriously, CW isn’t my thing, so no need to have alerts for that.
Find the ve7cc cluster at http://www.ve7cc.net/
and have fun with it
Secondly, by now we already know that the people at HRD headquarters have decided to introduce payed licences for Hamradio Deluxe. I’ve heard a lot of hams complain about it, and to be honest, i also like my software cheap (and by cheap i mean: for free. But i can’t help it, i’m dutch so it’s in our nature
). The most reactions i hear is that people are massively going over to FLDigi, as if that is the only alternative, which it isn’t. If you’re also looking for new software with a logbook and the possibility to work digimodes, i would suggest to check out PZTLog
which is created by my friend Charlie (M0PZT). You can use it for logging, contestlogging, PSK/RTTY, rigcontrol and more awesomeness. Just check it out at http://www.m0pzt.com/?pztlog
and give it a try!