New option: Manual Scoreboard Posting

We have deployed a new option – Manual Scoreboard Posting. That would be useful for contesters are not successful with configuring their logger. The new option could give a chance to publish their call and score on a scoreboard anyway.

How to get the Manual Scoreboard Posting form?

  • At first that requires user login. The only registered users can do that.

There are two places were we put the link to the posting form.

On the Scoreboard page header:

Onthe Profile page:

To make score upload process comfortable as much as possible we are keeping last uploaded values during user web session. So just the new ones should be entered.

Manual postings are valid only for active contests. The last score upload could be done withing 15 minutes after the contest has finished.

New feature: View. Customizing scoreboard output.

Recently we have added a new feature – “View”. That gives some new tools to change the scoreboard page output based on personal preferences.

The View customization page has a link in the top menu:

There are 2 options now:

  • All Single Op – display Single Operator Assisted and Non-Assisted together in the same section. It could be activated for contest splitting Single operators by two groups Assisted and Non-Assisted.
  • Top Ten – only display the top ten highest scores in each category. That could minimize the scoreboard screen by showing up just the top score entries.

There are few more options in a “View” waiting line. We hope to implement them soon. Everyone can suggest their options . We are always open to new ideas!

Our Highest Online Scoreboard trophy program

The first Highest Online Scoreboard winners will receive soon their plaques for the CQ WPX CW contest.

As we see a constant interest to this program we are looking for sponsors for the following plaques :

CQ WPX SSB:

  • Highest Online scoreboard – Multi Operator
  • Highest Online scoreboard – Single Operator High Power
  • Highest Online scoreboard – Single Operator Low Power

CQ WPX CW:

  • Highest Online scoreboard – Multi Operator
  • Highest Online scoreboard – Single Operator High Power
  • Highest Online scoreboard – Single Operator Low Power

Your Name and Call will be engarved into a plaque! Please contact us at admin@contestonlinescore.com for conditions.

*** The number of contests could be extended if we find more sponsors

New option – Team Management page

As requested by our users we have implemented a new option – Team Management page. This option would be very welcomed for contests having Teams competition – ARRL Sweepstakes, NAQP, BERU etc.

The Team Management page enables any registered user to create a new team, rename or delete any team has been created by the user. You can create more than one team, but only one team can be active in a contest.

The new option link is on the Profile page:

The team manager will be able to monitor all of their team members on this page. The team manger can delete a team member if needed.

Please contact us by admin@contestonlinescore.com if you have any questions or in case if you need an assistance with registering a team with your profile.

The Canadian Amateur Magazine (TCA) article about Contest Online ScoreBoard

The following article about The Contest Online Score Board was published in The Sports Page column of the September-October 2018 issue of The Canadian Amateur.

Great thanks to Alan Griffin, The TCA Editor and to Tom Haavisto, VE3CX the TCA Sports Pages columnist for all the assistance they have provided for the publication.

Click on the article image to get full pdf version:

 

New Mobile version Icon

You’ve probably noticed a new icon in the header:

It has a link to the scoreboard Mobile version. That version gives you possibility to minimize scoreboard browser window to a really small size on your Windows (or Mac or Linux) desktop:

A contester’s desktop always filled up with dozen different application windows (logger, dx cluster, propagation monitor etc.).  We hope that option could replace the  “Scores in a logger” feature by approximately the same size small window but providing much more services as filters, performance tools, club competition page which are impossible to run in the Scores in a logger” current release.

By the way any mobile browsers running on all types of cellphones and iPads switch to Mobile version automatically since it perfectly fits any small screen.

Something about sharing scores between servers

I was surprised how my message has been misspelled by the cqcontest owner in his Tweet:

The pre-history of that Tweet:

We did few attempts  to convince the cqcontest scoring service owner to restart score exchange as we did at Nov 2017-Apr 2018 ( see details at https://contestonlinescore.com/blog/real-score-cluster-update-cqcontest-net-left-the-cluster/) .

The latest contact attempt to Dmitry, R4WW the cqcontest owner was surprisingly promising. He came up with his personal initiative to re-start score exchange between two servers. But after learning his suggested architecture we found a clear evidence to put cqcontest as a central DB hub and to avoid exchange traffic to go through the well known score distribution server. 

We have declined the above mentioned offer since it wasn’t even close to our scoring exchange collaboration policy:

  • There should not be any preferences to one of scoreboards. All the scoreboards are equal in terms of user data exchange
  • Any architecture needs to include the score distributor

Another one surprise for me personally was Dmitry’s point “In his opinion, the architecture offered by Russian side is too much difficult, and he do not understand the joined schema” ))) I’ve never told that. We can afford any modern IT technology. And honestly I’m really proud for any of our team member: Alex, Bruce and Randy. They all are real IT professionals and have proved that by implementing number of well-known online projects for HAM community.

We do our best to serve contest scoreboards. We constantly improve our service quality. We are always working hard to get score exchange between all the possible scoring servers into a cluster. As a result we have developed and successfully tested score distribution architecture involving score distributor network providing equal service to any scoring server.

And finally  … Yes! We are open to share scores to any existing and new scoring services if they  agree to work in equal and free of scores privatize attempts friendly network. Our main requirements are following to 2 basic rules:

  • There should not be any preferences to one of scoreboards. All the scoreboards are equal in terms of user data exchange
  • Any architecture needs to include the score distributor

73!

Victor
VA2WA