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JotLoader component improved (ver.2.2.1) PDFPrintE-mail
Sunday, 08 November 2009 12:04

New version 2.2.1 of JotLoader is now available in download section. One of new functions is possibility to force registration of front-end users before file download. On component settings page can be done some related assignments :

If this option is checked, JotLoader will allow downloading files only for registred users. For unregistred users click on download shall force redirect to processing link (e.g. article containing announcement about compulsory registration or direct link to registration page). When no processing link is set then only short pop-up message is given about this requirement.

Here are implemented also some other new features and improvements:

  • routing for Joomla SEF operation
  • files scanning in front-end
  • page intro text for the list of downloads

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 November 2009 13:11
Andorra Season - CQ WW RTTY Contest 2009 PDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 28 September 2009 06:34

World-wide amateur radio contesting has each year some top contests belonging to "Grand Slam" category (when speak of tennis fans is used). During last weekend (26.-27.Sept.2009) was held CQ World Wide RTTY contest attracting thousands of RTTY contesting freaks to 48 hours long match. Solar activity was very changing during these days bringing some suprise and disturbances as well. With much of endurance I got the best result of my last years contesting with 570 QSO of which 50% were first-time contacts at all.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2010 05:49
JotLoader Search Plugin updated PDFPrintE-mail
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 17:18

JotLoader Search Plugin for searching download files with standart Joomla search function is now available in updated version 1.0.4. Code changes includes  removing duplicate search results of download files in the case when one download file is assigned to more as one menu item. This new version you can download from Download page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 17:22
JotLoader ver.2.1.1 with improved front-end navigation PDFPrintE-mail
Friday, 03 July 2009 13:32

Based on users experience with JotLoader component here is published new version 2.1 which is resting on proved structure of ver.2.x line further expanded with new features :

  • fixed order sorting for selected categories (sort by File Title, Downloads, License, Release Date, Author)
  • front-end pagination with default limit in JotLoader Settings and custom limit for each category assignment in the Menu Item definition
  • front-end search function for easy selection through larger amount of presented download files
  • new pagination and search have possibilities to customize their front-end presentation with own templates in Settings
  • localisation to Polish language (thanks to Artur Stępień) for admin and front-end pages
  • other specific changes for easier and safe administration
New generation SearchLog available PDFPrintE-mail
Thursday, 24 September 2009 08:12

After months of designing, coding and testing the desired target was met. New generation of SearchLog Joomla component, used for presentation of Amateur Radio logs on the web sites, is now available on Download page. Starting from first encouragement by Kevin N5DX, continued with very cordial supportive activities of Hans SMØIMJ, pre-release testing by Ton PA1CC and John IW6ATQ it was possible to prepare web log with some sophisticated features. Thanks all for their commitment.

In SearchLog, ver.2.x it was possible to include following data items : contact callsign, band, transmission mode and status of confirming of QSO via QSL card (none as blank, sent, received, confirmed on both sides). In this version of SearchLog was used compressing method for store and display of QSO contacts. Duplicate contacts between same station call and callsign were "compressed" to only one record in database.

New SearchLog ver.3.x allows to use described operation type (here named as Basic) but also storing the QSO data one-to-one into database with possibility to assign data to specific activities (contests, expeditions, special occassions, etc.) - Extended type of operation. Using both types of operation supports easy migration from SearchLog ver.2.x as well as it allows in Basic type saving the database size and processing time when this type of QSO presentation is evaluated as sufficient (mostly for award hunters). In SearchLog ver.3.x is fully reengineered against older versions in administration part as well as frontend where new features covers partial search, result pagination, column sorting and inclusion of QSO audio files.

Operation of the new SearchLog you can see on my Page (in Basic mode) and frontend in Extended mode is shown here :

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 06:56
JotLoader Search Plugin available PDFPrintE-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009 05:07

New developed JotLoader Search Plugin allows to use standart Joomla 1.5 search framework for searching download files together with other content on the web site. Now it is possible to use specific search for download files inside JotLoader (with settings on Page template)  and/or general search over the entire content of the site. Latest version 1.0.3 you can download from Download page. Special thanks to Nanna Ellegaard for encouragement and support during testing of the new plugin in development stage.

BARTG RTTY Contest 2009 PDFPrintE-mail
Monday, 23 March 2009 19:53
Last weekend I took part on BARTG (British Amateur Radio Teledata Group) RTTY contest. This year very poor propagation conditions were on the band and I left behind 2008 result quite 100 thousand points.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2009 07:18
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