May 21 2008
I have changed the file formats for the morse code audio files and also changed how the files are served on the web page. For many years the files were being created as sun format .au sound files, these are easy for me to create programmatically but can be rather large files, especially for QSOs at the slower speeds. Since I moved hosting companies this has caused me to run through my allocated bandwidth in about 5 days! I’m upgrading the bandwidth but at the same time my hosting company very helpfully installed some software packages to enable me to ditch the .au files in favor of the more modern mp3 format.
Mp3 is a compressed format so the files are much smaller and also mp3 is a far more friendly for modern browsers and of course will now work with our favorite mp3 players. In the short term I am using a flash mp3 player embedded in the web page to allow you to play the files directly from the page. Please leave me a comment if you have problems with this. I’m also going to be improving the look of the web pages as they haven’t changed in ages and are certainly showing their age, particularly now I’ve upgraded the rest of the site.
Morse Code Podcast? – In the longer term I’d like to try and set something up for a daily morse podcast so that you can get a new QSO or perhaps some other content as morse code via iTunes or a similar podcast feed service. I think all the bits are in place at this point, I’ll just have to find some time to code it up. If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.