Category Archives: New Capabilities

Capability: Member Silent Auction

For the past months our club has been recipient of many donated radios and related gear and hardware. Each donated item has been examined for functionality and appraised with a value. The appraised value was used to calculate the asking price. In all cased the board has decided to discount the asking price by 33.3% to derive the discounted price.

As a benefit of being a member, you will be able to look over these for sale items and place an online bid.

Please see the below example where an appraised item of $500.00 is being sold with an asking price of $400.00. The discounted price is $266.80 and the current BID is for $276.80. In this example each item appraised over $100.00 will make the next bid increment by $10.00. If that value is lower than $100.00, the next bid increments by $1.00. The next BID amount for this example will be $277.80 which is $10.00 higher than the previous bid.

At this time, the final bids on these for sale items will be announced at our monthly meeting. Please note some of the logistics for the online bidding may need to be adjusted as we gain more experience with this process.

Each month at a board meeting the next group of items to be sold will be announced to members. When a member logs on to our website and navigates to TOOLS > FOR SALE, these items will appear and the bidding shall begin. With all final bids, the winner shall pay by check or cash and all sales are final.

When this capability in enabled hopefully in March, may you find the best deal and enjoy your prize.

HOW THIS WORKS

The first step is to logon. Navigate by hovering on TOOLS and clicking FOR SALE.

When FOR SALE is clicked, the list of items for sale and bid history are presented as two TABS.

The “For Sale by Bid” Tab 

Lets review each section

Action Item Details provides some high level information about the item that include where available and applicable the model, serial code and manufacturer.

The Pricing Details is the next section and shows all the value, pricing and bidding details. Depending on the appraised value, the next bid is automatically incremented by $1.00 or $10.00 to arrive at the next bid price. if you HOVER on the Discount you will be shown the percent discount and if you HOVER on Current Bid you will see how many bids have been placed.

The ACTION section is where all the activity occurs. To bid on an item, click Place Bid. If you click on View PICs, the list of pictures will be shown and you may scroll through those as needed.  If the item for sale has an associated link for further technical information, click on Tech Details.

When you click on Place Bid the following information appears. You may hover on the amount and  use the arrow up or down to make the dollar amount change. Or you may directly enter the amount into the bid. The bid will never go lower than the earlier bid.

If you are OK with this bid, click on SUBMIT and a new confirmation popup window will give you one more chance to confirm or cancel. Or by clicking CANCEL will return to the above PLACE BID options.

When confirmation popup window appears, you may click OK or CANCEL.

If CANCEL is clicked, no bid is placed and no further action is necessary.

When OK is clicked, all the relevant item and member information is recorded in our database.

The “My Bid History by Date” Tab

The second tab My Bid History by Date shows the items that user has placed bids.

This tab shows the exact same information as the For Sale by Bid tab and is a history of the bids in descending order by date.  One difference is in place of ACTION now appears an Inventory section.

The status, inventory Asset Tag, number of placed bids and the current bid are shown. Also the Tech Details is also displayed and behaves as the 1st tab for this button.

New Capability: Member Details

Logged on members may now view recent changes to TOOLS  associated with their logon ID.

From TOOLS > hover and click PROFILE

When clicking on PROFILE, it has been reorganized to utilize TABS. These may be selected to view the data housed in that tab. You may also change any data in these tabs and click UPDATE to SAVE your changes.

In the GEAR tab you will notice a new data item named Radio Equipment that has four sections. The details may be entered as free format text that best describes your various configurations of hardware and software. When clicking UPDATE this data is saved.

When you need to update your password or your logon id, from TOOLS > CREDENTIALS and you will see the following. On this page are TWO tab to support password or logon id.

When you have updated your credentials, you will be logged off and your new credentials will be in effect.

The other new item added are your member DETAILS.

From TOOLS > hover and click DETAILS  and the Member Details, Membership,  Key Assignment, Radio Equipment and Biography are displayed using tabs.

The data in these tab look like the following

If any of these data items need updating, the member may access their PROFILE and update the data or as needed, contact the BRARA Secretary for assistance.

MEMBER LIST UPDATES

Member List has also been updated to include some member details when clicking on the a specific member’s CLASS, DMR-ID, STATUS or ZIP CODE. In this example we’ll use Sam Goldstein K2LDK . Hover your mouse on his CLASS and click.

After hovering and clicking on his CLASS, the following is displayed

Please note Sam’s name Samuel Goldstein is GREEN which indicates he populated his Biography. Hover your mouse on his name and his BIO will pop up. If the NAME is NOT GREEN, the member has not populated their BIO.

A new feature was introduced to enable member to populate their amateur radio equipment and supporting GEAR. This feature is titled GEAR and gives members to ability to perform a text search of members who match that search criteria. There are four types of gear in a DROP DOWN and the text to search may be entered or left blank and the type of GEAR in the dropdown selected. This click of the GEAR will automatically fire a search of the members and any matches will be display the member list.

In the following examples,  the search text was left empty and TRANSCEIVERS was clicked in the GEAR dropdown list. and the member results was displayed.

If you hives on any line in the results the GEAR type will be shown as a popup. In this example the mouse is hovered on Sam K2LDS.

 

New Capability: Member Contact information and Email

When a member access the Member List, a new feature enables you to see the contact information.

In order to accomplish this, HOVER the mouse over the NAME of the member and the following will appear. In the below example, the mouse is HOVERED over Joe Antonelli and Joe’s information appears on a popup. If you click on Joe’s name, your local email provider will be launched as a draft and the email address for Joe on this example is populated in the SEND-TO address.

Further, Joe’s phone, city state, zip code, and licence expiration date are provided in the popup bubble.

Lastly, if you HOVER the mouse over Joe’s callsign N2ZRI and click on his callsign, the FCC database lookup feature will be launched and Joe’s information will appear.

Below is an example of Joe’s FCC data if a mouse click occurs on Joe’s callsign

New Capability: Updated Scroller text and Technical Information

SCROLLER

Our right to left text scrolling text has been replaced with a bottom to top directional text scroller. This was done to enable longer messages and continue to provide special highlights are characteristic of the prior scroller.

The new scroller supports various colors and linking capabilities. This means when you see text like the example above, when you click on CLICK HERE, it will open a new TAB and take you to the web address provided.

Further, if you HOVER on the TEXT, you will PAUSE the scroller which enable you to read and decide if you want to take further action.

This feature also adjusts as you ZOOM in or out of your browser size. This feature works in all popular browsers with a few exception in specialized monitors using unique browsers and settings.

Technical Information

The tabs have been updated and the HF nets added as a LINK.

New Capability: Featured QRZ Items, Logistics, Handy Links

The BRARA.ORG website home page has been changed to consolidate a few items that have a similar purpose. The first is a grouping of latest Newsletter, Subscribing, Membership Application, Amazon Smiles into a new group called “Featured QRZ Items”.

The second grouping contains Open House, Meetings, Need Help, and Contest Calendar into a group called “Logistics”

The third group is an enhancement  to the Updates section that is located on the HOME page.  This new feature is new TAB is named “Handy Links“. These are a collection of LINKS that have been most often used by visitors and members.

New Capability: Membership Card

Members are now able to logon and print their membership cards. The process uses member logon credentials to paint the card and display back to the member. Then the member may CLICK to print the card or return to the HOME page.

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Here are the steps

  • Logon with proper user id and password
  • From the MENU, hover on TOOLS and hover and click MEMBER CARD
  • View the card and either click PRINT or HOME

This is what the menu selection look like

This is a sample of the membership card

 

New Capability: User managed Scrollbar

Users may now control the right hand side scroll bar defined for many web pages in the BRARA website.  The website scrollbar is used to manage how much of the page content is seen from the header section down to the footer section.  The scrollbar ensures the visible page fits into this container space.

Now, the user may choose if they want to use the website specific scrollbar or to suppress it and depend on the browser scrollbar.

To enable the website specific scrollbar,  on the top menu section, find  the right hand side of the menu line,  and there a checkbox is shown. If the checkbox is selected (CHECKED) the website specific scrollbar is enabled.

If the checkbox is not selected (UNCHECKED), the website scrollbar is  not visible and the browser scrollbar must be used to move up and down the webpage content.

New Capability: Member List showing FCC CLASS

When you are logged into the website and select MEMBER LIST, the FCC licence class was added as a new display column. If you hover on CLASS it will provide a tooltip of the licence expiration date. If you discover your class is not correct, access your profile and update it. This update process will access the FCC database to get your current class and expiration date.

New Capability: FCC and DMR Marc data

Your profile tool has a few new capabilities. The first is your CallSign is used to access the FCC database. The results of this lookup display your FCC class and expiration date.

The second capability is if you have a DMR ID,  your CallSign is used to access the North American DMRMarc . If your DMR ID is blank or has the value of “0”, then your CallSign is used to access the DMRMarc database and the DMR ID is placed in your DMR ID input box. You may change it if you like or accept it as-is.

When you click UPDATE the DMR ID and FCC license class and expiration date are all updated.

New Capability: Web based FoxHunt

GOAL: In an effort to have fun and become more comfortable with the BRARA website, find the web FOX embedded somewhere on BRARA.ORG site
RULES and AWARDS: This will be a monthly challenge where any BRARA member who is LOGGED ON and finds and clicks on the FOX will be recorded. All Directors may participate but are excluded from any awards. First FOX finder is winner will be awarded some nominal gift not to exceed 10$ such as coffee card etc. The results are announced and awarded at monthly meeting. The FOX location is then reset after the monthly meeting.