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Amateur Radio Scholarships!

I recently came across an announcement on the illinoisdigitalham yahoo group about academic scholarships offered to ham radio operators. The scholarships are administered by the Foundation for Amateur Radio. These look like a great opportunity and the folks offering them should be applauded! The announcement read as follows:

Scholarships to help amateur radio operators with post-high-school
education are now available for the 2009-2010 academic year. In 2009,
the Foundation for Amateur Radio will administer 48 scholarships to
amateur radio operators (all using the same application), with amounts
ranging from $500 to $5,000. The application must be received in paper
copy by May 1, 2009, but it is a good idea to start early as four
scholarships require endorsements from other individuals or organizations.

The 2009 scholarship application form and regulations can be found on
the Foundation for Amateur Radio website, http://www.farweb.org/. Pass
the word on to any amateur (whatever the focus --…

Internationalizing the QSL Mapper

QSL mapper now available in: DutchGermanSpanishby Tjeerd PA3GNZby Dieter DL2BQDby Juan EA5XQWant to help translate it to your language? Read on! After communicating with Tjeerd, PA3GNZ, of the GQRP group and taking a look at his great Rockmite page, it occurred to me that it would be nice if the QSL Mapping gadget could automatically be displayed in the language of the gadget's user. As it turns out, Google provides an easy API for Internationalization. All that's needed are the translations of all the gadget's labels and messages into each language. Tjeerd was kind enough to provide the translation into dutch, so the gadget shown below will have labels in Dutch when viewed on a browser configured for Dutch.

Now all that's needed is the translation for every other language :) If you're so inclined, have the time, and know the translation of the following phrases, please add them to the comments below. I'll bring the gadget up in more languages as the transla…

Product Slides Gadget

The 'Product Slide Gadget' provides a slide show that automatically displays all the products offered for sale on your Etsy store. When a shopper clicks on the image of one of your products, they are instantly linked to the order page for that product. An example is shown below.

Example Slide Show


To see what your store will look like, go to the setup page.

The gadget can be embedded on any web page or added to anyone's iGoogle home page. Just follow these steps:
1. Setup your store's slide show and get the HTML to embed on a web page like your blog or any other page where you can edit the HTML.
and/or
2. Add your slide show to your iGoogle home page.

Although it is not required, please consider making a donation to help us keep offering services like this one.

Setup your store's slide show and get the HTML to embed on a web page
If you have navigated away from the slide show setup page, you can get back to it by clicking here.
When you arrive at the setup page, you wil…

A, B, C's of Dx

I found out about a great site yesterday: A, B, C's of Dx. It's a very well written and illustrated site with answers to all kinds of questions you might have if your interested in DX. The page on propagation was particularly useful for me and answered a lot of questions I've had about getting my Rockmite20 on the air. All the material is very practical with well thought out explanations and applications to every day situations. Check it out!

Have fun!
73 de KD0FNR

The New QSL Mapper

One of the fun traditions of ham radio is sending a QSL card to another station to confirm a contact. To do that, you need the address of the receiving station. It's also interesting to find out how far away the QTH, (location), of the station actually was, and operating QRP with the Rockmite, I'm always curious about what the miles per watt number for the contact was as well.

The Copasetic Flow QSL mapper below shows all that information! Just enter your callsign, click 'Locate', then enter the callsign of the receiving station and click 'Locate' again. Both stations will be mapped and the distance between them and the watts per mile will be displayed!



You can install this gadget on your own iGoogle home page, or on any web page by using the installer from Google.