[AMRadio] ARRL To Retire QST View


Kimberly Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Mon Mar 3 16:16:24 EST 2008


I'm not sure what "QST View" is, but if it can print, why not print the output to a PDF file? I do that all the time. Then, run Acrobat's OCR on the file such that the text is search-able. Acrobat's OCR isn't perfect if there are problems in the quality of the scan, but it seems a reasonable first attempt.

The OCR also takes a fair bit of time, but with many of us doing small parts, the job is essentially parallel-ized and it wouldn't take long. The only drawback is that doing the OCR and printing to a PDF file requires a full version of Acrobat.

Kim Elmore, N5OP

----- Original Message ----
From: Peter Markavage <manualman at juno.com>
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Monday, March 3, 2008 12:21:44 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] ARRL To Retire QST View


The 
complete 
index 
for 
all 
QST 
articles 
(from 
1915 
on), 
all 
QEX 
articles,
and 
all 
Ham 
Radio 
Articles 
is 
available 
on 
the 
Member's 
part 
of 
the 
ARRL
web 
site. 
You 
can 
search 
to 
your 
heart's 
content. 
Another 
index 
is 
FBTO,
which 
covers 
roughly 
the 
40's 
to 
about 
1991/92.

Re-scanning 
all 
those 
old 
issues 
to 
21st 
century 
scan 
quality, 
converting
to 
PDF 
type 
files, 
etc. 
probably 
would 
time 
comsuming 
and 
costly 
and
probably 
not 
much 
"bang 
for 
the 
buck" 
in 
return 
for 
them. 
But, 
hmmm, 
I
now 
have 
apparatus 
that 
will 
allow 
me 
to 
scan 
at 
high 
quality, 
50 
sheets
per 
minute, 
and 
save 
directly 
as 
a 
pdf 
file. 
Maybe 
I 
should 
make 
a 
sales
pitch.

Pete, 
wa2cwa
http://www.manualman.com

On 
Mon, 
3 
Mar 
2008 
09:46:42 
-0500 
"Todd, 
KA1KAQ" 
<ka1kaq at gmail.com>
writes:
> 
Joe 
and 
group 
-
> 
> 
This 
was 
announced 
a 
while 
back 
and 
stirred 
up 
folks 
in 
the 
> 
AM/Classic
> 
Gear 
groups. 
Mike 
W1RC 
had 
some 
initial 
exchanges 
with 
ARRL 
folks 
I
> 
believe 
but 
passed 
it 
along 
to 
someone 
else 
as 
he 
was 
pretty 
busy 
> 
with
> 
other 
matters.
> 
> 
Looking 
at 
the 
situation 
and 
the 
League's 
view 
of 
such 
things, 
I
> 
wouldn't 
hold 
my 
breath 
on 
a 
solution. 
Keep 
in 
mind 
that 
the 
> 
audience
> 
would 
be 
small 
vs 
the 
likely 
cost, 
and 
the 
audience 
would 
consist 
> 
of
> 
mainly 
of 
old 
gear 
and 
history 
buffs. 
The 
ARRL 
has 
never 
been 
> 
terribly
> 
excited 
about 
such 
things, 
preferring 
instead 
to 
push 
new 
> 
technology
> 
that 
favors 
its 
advertisers. 
Providing 
a 
resource 
that 
helps 
folks
> 
research 
and, 
as 
a 
result, 
perhaps 
purchase 
or 
even 
build 
old 
style
> 
tube 
gear 
doesn't 
strike 
me 
as 
something 
they'd 
be 
likely 
to 
do.
> 
> 
Aside 
from 
gear 
and 
HB 
articles, 
there 
remains 
a 
lot 
of 
historical
> 
information 
along 
with 
other 
interesting 
stories 
and 
events 
in 
the
> 
pages 
of 
QST. 
Fortunately 
all 
the 
oldest 
magazines 
are 
still 
> 
readily
> 
available 
and 
make 
for 
a 
good, 
relaxing 
read. 
Searching 
isn't 
> 
terribly
> 
hard 
if 
you 
use 
the 
yearly 
index 
in 
the 
December 
issue, 
but 
time
> 
consuming 
if 
you 
have 
no 
idea 
of 
the 
year 
an 
article 
was 
published.
> 
Perhaps 
the 
real 
solution 
will 
be 
that 
someone 
creates 
a 
CD 
of 
the
> 
yearly 
index 
issues 
to 
permit 
fast 
and 
easy 
searches 
for 
articles 
> 
in
> 
the 
magazines.
> 
> 
Again 
- 
this 
is 
an 
opinion 
only, 
based 
on 
rumblings 
I've 
heard 
> 
along
> 
with 
the 
League's 
record 
on 
such 
matters.
> 
> 
~ 
Todd, 
KA1KAQ
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