We’re now a full featured Grid tracker and Log viewer with the addition of CQ/ITU/WAC/WAS overlays. A lot of improvements to message handling and DXCC detection make for a more useful tool.
Henry(N2VFL) is working his tail off trying to get the documentation up to date (I have been moving too fast for him to keep up). We are anxiously waiting for him to go take his General exam as well!
We have put our house up for sale here in the Denver area and looking forward to our move to Oregon. I am putting development on hold until we get out there. If there are any pressing issues they will be addressed, just no new features for a couple months.
Thank you all for the kind messages and sharing your status online, it’s been fascinating to see all the new GT Flags show up on the map.
We’re a little over 4 months into the project and I think we’ve made some serious progress.
As always we welcome new ideas and suggestions for improvements.
Meet us on our Discord server!
-Stephen ‘Tag’ Loomis / N0TTL
Today’s release, March 30th; includes the ability to share your On-Air status with other GridTracker users.
If you opt-in, by navigating to Settings and selecting the “Share On-Air Status?” button.
GridTracker will report every 5 minutes minutes your Callsign, Gridsquare, Frequency and Mode back to https://tagloomis.com/
On the Menu is an option to “View GridTracker Users”, if you toggle it you will see all the stations that have chosen to share their On-Air status.
The data is refreshed every 5 minutes.
The information is only used for GridTracker, we will not *ever* sell, loan or give the data to a 3rd party. (we’re not Facebook)
If you do not want to share your On-Air status, simply leave the button unchecked.
You will still be able to view those that do.
I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I gave it a quick check and sure enough…
On the Pi3 with the latest Raspian image , GridTracker is functional!
MP3 based audio alerts are working!
Text-to-speech is not working as of now, I will be adding support for ‘festival’ tts engine soon
If you have experience with Binary RPM and Debian package making for Linux, please reach out to me.
I want to provide a better install experience for Linux and I just haven’t got the Linux chops yet to get it configured or installed perfectly.
-Stephen / N0TTL
A lot less painful than I thought.
The Mac build 1.18.0315 is here!
If you have Gatekeeper enabled you will need to specifically allow GridTracker to run in System Preferences -> Security
A new build is here!
Log loading from eQSL, QRZ.com, Logbook of the World and ClubLog.
Ability to style Google maps as you can with offline maps.
Callsign QSO (worked) / QSL (confirmed) Exclusion options with alerts, you won’t get an alert if you’ve worked/confirmed them before. The default settings are QSO allowed to alert, QSL not allowed. Change to your liking in Alert Settings. For QSO exclusions to work, you must load an ADIF log file which contains QSL confirmed values ( LoTW, QRZ.com etc.. ).
Loaded QSO/QSL grids may fade out, but remain in a black border box, this keeps the callsigns within around for Worked/Confirmed checking in alerts. If you “clear callsigns” or “clear all” , we will lose the record of any QSO/QSL callsign, so be aware.
I did a general cleanup of how things start up, I’m very happy with the results.
You may notice in the new version that log downloading only works in online map mode, this is intentional as the UI could/would lock up if you’re truly offline.
I will be adding N1MM Logging of QSO’s after this next release, WSJT-X’s latest RC has support for this, so if you have it enabled in GridTracker and in the new WSJT-X, I will disable it in GridTracker. ( no sense both of us logging the same data 🙂 )
Well that didn’t take long…
For all you DX-peditioners out there or for those of you who enjoy going off-grid (pun intended,) offline maps are now included with GridTracker!
I’ve included some cool map manipulation settings, so play around and get that map view you really like.
There are a couple of limitations with Offline maps that will hopefully be resolved as the map engine is improved by its developers, namely direction chevrons on paths are missing and sun shadow looks weird.
We’ve been really busy with this release, I hope you’ll be pleased.
There’s been a lot of discussion on various sites about JTAlert and GridTracker not working well together. I have tried as many things as I can think of to make JTAlert happy but it’s just not happening. What we need is multicast UDP support and as I understand it, JTAlert v3 will have it. Until that is released , we’re kind of stuck with working together.
The latest Release Candidate of WSTJ-X (wsjtx-1.9.0-rc2) has introduced a separate N1MM UDP Logger+ Broadcasts config options in reporting for logging QSO’s, this may be a workaround for now (I have not tested it yet).
Cheers and I hope you enjoy the program!
Thank you so much for the interest in GridTracker.
I have been working with N2VFL and others in our spare time for the past two weeks on this project.
That’s right, it’s only been two weeks from inception! I can’t believe how much we’ve got done!
This next weekend I will be adding QSL confirmed marking to the map as well as a count, plus gridsquare labeling while zoomed in far enough so it doesn’t clutter the map.
I will also begin working on alerts, the current types I will implement are “Callsign” “Gridsquare” and “CQ designation eg: CQ NA, CQ JP, CQ OC ” with the alert being
“Audio clip ( possibly your own selected media file)” “Text to speech engine” “Visual” and in the future possibly “CW” with tone/farnsworth timing/wpm etc.
If there’s anything else you’d like to see in this program or if you’ve found a problem, please post a comment here
We are listening!
-Stephen ‘Tag’ Loomis
Ready to release my first Amateur Radio application “GridTracker.”