In the early hours of this morning, Justin (VK7TW) shared what may be (still needs final confirmation) the peaks and ARM for VK7 go-live. You can find them in the files section of the SOTA Australia Yahoo Group.
So now it’s possible to start planning ahead for the big day. I’ve just had a quick play with the list and provide the following images for your viewing. It includes:
- A view of all of VK7 and its peaks – gives you a good idea of just how many there are;
- The a focus around Hobart – still heaps just around the capital
- The a look up at some peaks that caught my eye around Lake Pedder
- And finally a zoom in on those interesting peaks/islands in Lake Pedder – plus a 50m contour overlay to give an idea of difficulty – it’s not just a quick whip around in a kayak to all three. 🙂
So I’ve been a bit quiet on the radio front lately as I’ve been pretty busy with non radio things. However, that said I’ve still been playing with some code with a radio focus. Specifically, I’ve been doing some analysis of WSPR data that I hope soon I’ll be able to post up.
But most recently I’ve written a small groovy script (can be seen on gist.github.com) to generate GIS layers of a maidenhead grid to help with some visualisation in QGIS. I thought I’d share it in case others find it useful, as well as the resulting GIS files – as both the original GeoJSON files and the Shape files.
ESRI Shape file:
The script also generates a 6 character grid, but I’m sure you can appreciate the size of that it comes out as – not entirely practical.
I really do love how easy it was to build these in Groovy with no external dependencies and a minimal amount of code and fuss. If you’ve not checked out Groovy for your JVM platform programming – I can’t recommend it enough.