I received an email from Walt N7BTH who voted ‘No’ on the motto and with his permission I will paraphrase his concerns.

The sentiment your slogan expresses is fine.  It is not that I am a mean person or take issue with that part of the motto. It’s just that I do not want to see Amateur Radio  become polarized by social issues or politics and that is why I voted ‘No’.”

And here is my reply to Walt for you all to see our position on the matter.

I 100% agree.

One of our tenants is to remain absolutely neutral, it is not our place!

The notion of “Do not be mean to others” is not a political statement, purely a childhood lesson that some have as a gift and others need to be taught.

The motto is tucked away neatly at the very bottom of each page on the website, it is not intended to be ‘in your face’ but a subtle reminder of what we as a group stand for. 

In addition to the founding definition of the charter: 

“An amateur radio community based around free and open source software and services, fostering international goodwill”

I heard you Walt and with your permission; if I can post a new blog entry on the site, paraphrasing your concerns then posting this reply that would help others understand too.

After all we are in this together!

Thanks for reaching out to me,

– Stephen ‘Tag’ Loomis / N0TTL

Because we just kicked this off, there are and will be many gaps of information, documentation and policies (including privacy as of utmost concern!) that need to be put in place for all to read and debate. So please, give us a little time to get our ‘ducks in a row’ so to speak. Thank you all! goes NPO!

I am writing today to announce a couple of things and ask for your input.

I have taken more steps with GridTracker’s future. is now officially a non-profit entity, registered in the state of Oregon, USA.

GridTracker the program will be officially designated “Open Source” under the GNU Public License (GPL3) in the next release.

We have many, many interesting, exciting and new things planned so please check back often for updates!

And finally, I have a question to pose to all of you. My family and I have decided on a motto for ourselves and our businesses. I would like to share that motto with “” and would like you all to vote if it should be the motto (for now) of our newly discovered community.

The Motto: “fac quaelibet; tu nescis; noli esse vilis

Translation: “Do what you want.” “You don’t know!” and “Don’t be mean.

Meaning: “You are free to explore anything that interests you.” , “You don’t know everything, so learn!” and “Don’t be mean to others.

A new poll!

Should we continue with Google's Live documents or move to Mediawiki documentation system?

  • Don't care either way, documents are documents (54%, 104 Votes)
  • Stay with Google Docs (26%, 51 Votes)
  • Migrate to Mediawiki (20%, 39 Votes)

Total Voters: 194

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We’ve made some changes

You may have noticed your browser is telling you you’re at

This is not in error!

We made the decision to move away from “”, as according to Tag / N0TTL:

GridTracker is much larger than me now, it’s time we make that official.”

So welcome to the new site, things are going to change for the better!  

We will be allowing you to create accounts here so you can:

  • Post comments
  • Request features 
  • Report bugs
  • And more

Without having to navigate:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Discord
  • Mailing Lists 
  • Direct eMails 

Even though you still can use those services, you are welcome to just connect with us directly. is a community and you are welcome!

So bookmark this site and come back often, things are changing fast and we’re very excited with what the future holds for us all.

Thank you, 

The Team

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. –Ferris Bueller