Instructions for Handiham Special Event Spotting

Instructions for Accessing and Using the Handiham QSO Party Spotting Page
from Mark Senk, WB3CAI
April 21, 2024

The Handiham program and the Handiham Radio Club would like to thank Chip Morgan, N3IW, for granting us space for our Handiham QSO Party spotting page on the site he maintains at You will find a link to the Handiham QSO Party and many other amateur radio events on this website.

The Handiham QSO Party runs for 48 hours from 3 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 2 PM CDT, 1 PM MDT, and 12 PM PDT on April 26, 2024, until 3 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 2 PM CDT, 1 PM MDT, and 12 PM PDT on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Learn how you can participate and request a special QSL card in honor of the 57th anniversary of the Handiham program at or

Here are some instructions if you would like to try the new spotting page for keeping track of those working the Handiham QSO Party. These instructions seem to work well with the Jaws screen reader.

1. Go to

2. Once this page opens, you will see a form that has three required edit fields. You can quickly get to the first edit field with the screen reader E command. The fields are 1. “call being spotted”, 2. “frequency”, and 3. “QTH”. The QTH field has a combo box, from which you can pick state or province. There also is a field for comments or additional information. Finally, there is a field entitled “poster”, where you can enter your call sign.
(Note: There is not a field for name, so if you want to enter a name, put that in the comment field.)

3. Once you have completed the form, you can Arrow down to where you will find two buttons. These buttons can be used to either Clear or Post your form.

4. Entered spots are displayed in a table below that form, and the info will disappear after about an hour. The newest entries are listed first.

5. You can use the T command to quickly jump to the Table of Stations or JAWS key plus F5 to show a concise list of the web form elements.

Here’s an (imaginary) example of spotting a station:

I enter KA3TTT in the “call being spotted” field. I then tab to the frequency and type 7.057. Finally, I tab to the QTH field, where I find the combo box with options for selecting State or Canadian Province. Next, in the Optional Comment space I might type “QRP from Philadelphia.” I can then Tab or Arrow down twice and use Enter to activate the Post button and the station info becomes visible for anyone hunting for HQP stations.

You are welcome to enter some spots for practice before the event, and don’t hesitate to promote your own callsign and frequency when you start calling CQ Handiham 57!