With my transceiver still being repaired and the loaner rig I had back to it’s original owner (Thanks K6GT), I have been without a radio for about 3 weeks now. It’s not all bad, as it gives me time to do some housekeeping around the shack, which includes cleaning up my electronic logbook developed by Scott, N3FJP.
Unfortunately, I was not happy to see I had subscribe to QRZ if I wanted to automatically update my logbook with information about each individual I contact. While I haven’t found an good answer, unless Scott decides to add another callbook to the list. Thankfully belonging to NCCC and CWOps, I ran across HamQTH, which was mentioned on the reflector.
Unlike some of the callbooks, like QRZ and Hamcall, HamQTH is free! Not only is it free, it’s fast and not not cluttered like some other callbooks I have used. You can easily register and edit your profile (view W6ONV), much like I did to include as much or as little information as you want.
Adding a profile is optional, but looking up a call sign will provide you with the basic information needed to fill in any electronic logbook. The other neat features of HamQTH, being able to view solar condition predictions, recent activity as well as search a logbook for call. Again, these are all configurable depending on the amount of information you want to share.
Petr, OK2CQR is the owner of HamQTH and has enlisted the assistance of Dan, OK1HRA who “created the design of the front page and all logos. He has very a good sense of graphics, colors and user interfaces” and Martin, OK1RR who “provided me with an advice how to download callbook databases from the internet. He helps me with application testing and my poor English.” We can’t forget the moral support of Petr’s XYL, Misa (OK2-36141). If you want a fast and simple callbook that “provides all information, including XML queries for free” check out HamQTH. Great work by those involved, you have a full time user in me!