new ops log

tl;dr New Logs are Here

After struggling with the free-form QSO logging in daily (and then weekly) blog posts which were assembled by hand from notepads and cell phone memos, text messages and memory, I’ve decided to write some code to make it easier to manage my logging on the go.

I looked at other, off-the-shelf solutions, such as QRZ logbook. But ultimately they didn’t provide the UI that I was looking for: a nice way to quickly log repeater contacts. I wanted something that could be operated simply while driving, hiking, etc. Something that would auto-complete recently used frequencies, locations, calls, etc. I needed something that would allow me to maintain ownership of my data, while permitting updates from anywhere I might be.

The solution that I’ve coded up in React doesn’t quite check all of those boxes, but it’s getting close. I’m avoiding having to run a separate server by leveraging my existing staticman comment server to also process my QSO logging form. This directly commits my QSO logs as YAML data files in the kf7hvm-com repo.

The autocomplete on my logging form is fed from other QSO entries, Repeaterbook API, and FCC LicenseView API, which makes it nice to log on the go from partial information.

Eventually, I’d like to implement a local queueing mechanism so that I can log on-the-go, even when my internet connection is unavailable.

Because things are still in flux, I don’t consider this to be the “final writeup” on what I’m doing. There is still some cleanup and UX testing which needs to be done as well as some spit and polish, but at this point, I’ll no longer be posting “ops log” weekly entries anymore. Everything will be on /qso.

Written on November 27, 2020

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