First of all, thanks everyone, for all the useful feedback. Everything on the site is quite new and it certainly still has some rough spots. I'll do my best to address the issues reported here and hopefully we'll end up with something that everyone can use.
I'm mostly staying focused on the coverage map and radar plot software development, although any web related feedback is also welcome. I can forward any web-hosting related issues to the friend that is helping me host the site. BTW, he says "Thanks!" for all the encouraging comments that people have been sending in.
- Added online coverage map browsing feature.
- A brief synopsis of the search criteria used in the analysis is now included on the plot. The exact addresses and coordinates are still obfuscated for privacy reasons, but there should be enough rough information (e.g., zip code) to get an approximate idea of where the analysis is focused.
- Custom titles are now possible. If you want to include a brief description or keyword to help you remember what the report is about, now you can enter your own text to be included on the report.
- Azimuths are now color coded. This should make it easier to quickly visualize which transmitters are clustered together. A color ring has been added to the outside of the radar plot to correspond with the azimuth values.
- The reports now include the network affiliation of most broadcasters. This should help avoid the hassle of having to reference other sites to get the network identities for each callsign.
- Several recommeneded formatting changes have been added. The most notable are 1) decreased radar plot size, 2) ressurection of transmitter power column, 3) expansion of the transmitter details table, 4) general formatting improvements for clarity and easier reading, 5) graph limits to prevent very strong signals from drawing over the text area.
- The radar plot tool has been changed to now include a graph of channel vs. signal strength. This feature is designed to show the distinction between VHF and UHF channels and hopefully make it more obvious what kind of antenna is needed to receive each channel. This is still experimental, so any feedback on this feature is greatly appreciated.
- The HTTP referrer check has been removed. This should allow the tool to work even for those people that have disabled referrer reporting in their browsers.
- All distance and height values have been changed to miles/feet.
- The FCC data extraction has been changed to a less aggressive approach. The previous approach would try to pick the most up-to-date FCC records, but in many cases, this ended up picking records for "future" (not built yet) transmitters. The new approach will hopefully do a better job of picking the transmitters that are really installed and operational today. As always, this can be improved further by individual "overrides" and feedback from all of you, so if you know of any entries that need to be corrected, please let me know.
- Another category of typos in the FCC database has been detected and fixed. This caused a small number of transmitters to be seen as having zero transmit power. Those records should now show up correctly.
- Several people have reported formatting and screen cut-off problems in Internet Explorer 6 and a few other browsers. The site's style sheets have been changed to hopefully get the formatting right on a broader range of browsers. If you were seeing problems before, you might have better results now.
- The coverage map processing has been increasingly automated. This makes the map generation go faster and allows me to release more metros at a time. For anyone still waiting for their metro to show up, at least now your wait won't be quite so long!
- Maybe add the option for higher resolution (larger print) reports.
Everyone has been providing great suggestions, so please keep 'em coming!