Happy Friday!

The ‘interview’ with “Linux in the Ham Shack” went very well I think. I put interview in ‘quotes’ because Russ K5TUX pretty much had me and our crew do all the talking! It was very fun and so wonderful to set back and hear what Sebastian W2ASD and Marc N3CAN had to say and just smile ear-to-ear. Thank you to Russ, Cheryl, Bill and Richard for letting us all talk your ears off! The podcast should be ready for download from their site sometime Monday and please listen to the end, something special happens and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending.

I will be adding the Volunteer Examiner (VE) section to the site soon, so those of you who want to help out but don’t want to fuss with Discord can do so.

And finally, my friend Dylan cleaned his room!

The Box – Part 1

The Box – Part 2

5 thoughts on “Happy Friday!”

  1. Well, ya got a nice house started. But! where is the foundation? The meat for for the masses? Need documentation so we lesser fools can try and figure out what this software is not only supposed to do, but how it does it. So that when things don’t work right, we tell the creators what happened and when. With out the foundation this house won’t stand for long. Should not be concerned what word package to use, since there are no words to work with.

    In the month since I installed the gridtracker software, I have run into nothing but dead ends when trying to figure how to set things up. I give up. When you finish the documentation let me know, I will give it another try.


    1. I can’t help but feel a bit put out by your comment.

      I’m trying to figure out why you would make this public statement at the debut of our community.

      You say you run into nothing but dead-ends, but I/we haven’t heard from you at all.

      We have a Facebook feed for questions and answers (you always get an answer).

      We have a Groups.io mailing list for questions and answers (you always get an answer).

      We have a Twitter feed for questions and answers (you always get an answer).

      We have a Discord server for LIVE communication between the Developers, Support Folks and Active GridTracker users for questions and answers (you always get an answer).

      I have been working on GridTracker as the sole developer for 2.5 years and it’s a free program!

      I made the decision to open it up to the world, and a whole bunch of people showed up to help with everything…

      Including documentation!

      It’s a start!

      And we all have a long way to go, but also know that we are adding things all the time!

      If you are going to wait for us to finish documentation, I’m sorry but I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 10-20 years but sending an email to you letting you know we’re ready for you just isn’t in the cards.

      Take care KE5WCT, you’ll be missed… we have over 10,000 GridTracker users daily who enjoy the program for what it can do for them.

      If you can see yourself going to the right side of this page and selecting one of the “Contact” methods and can ask your question in the verbose way as you did above, I’m sure someone will get you up and going post-haste. 🙂

      To the point of foundation.. GridTracker is the foundation, we’re building on it by the minute.


      Update: I found your post in the Groups.Io mailing list with your question posed, and I answered… now twice. Have yet to hear back from you on that issue. This only works if we have a dialog.

  2. There’s a reason it’s called “amateur” radio. We like to experiment and figure things out. Very rarely do new things come out of the box in this hobby that are plug-and-play. For anyone not willing to tinker and learn, ham radio is going to be a very frustrating hobby.

    That being said, GridTracker is one of the most complete and easy-to-use ham radio software packages that I’ve encountered. While documentation always follows software development, there is a copious amount of documentation on GridTracker. However, one of the features of this software is that it doesn’t require a whole lot of documentation to get started.

    While interaction with other programs is always challenging and may require some tinkering, there are help groups on both Facebook and Discord to help solve any problems that one may encounter. I’ve personally had questions answered by both the program developers and users like myself. This program has plenty of support. In addition, there is a team of writers currently composing and updating a user manual even as new features are being added to the program.

    GridTracker adds an entire new dimension to the operation of FT8 as well as other facets of ham radio. I’m not aware of another software program anywhere that does a more detailed analysis, tracking, and graphic display of amateur radio awards. It’s well worth the time to sit down, install the program, and ask questions when you need to.

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