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Author Topic: Scaning QSL Cards  (Read 5107 times)
W2RWJ
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« on: September 27, 2013, 04:00:46 PM »

I am starting the groundwork to scan the many thousands of QSL cards at N2MO.  N2MO is also  the repository for the cards from K2USA.

Hardware we have covered with a Kodak/Alaris unit with a feeder and auto duplexer.   Software is the sticking point.  

I am looking to find an application that will import the resulting duplexed scan and present it to a human to type in the file name.   The plan is to name the image file in the format "callsigndate"  to allow you to search the images by call.  This would look like:  w1aw09272013.jpg.

Any suggestions on software?

73 Martin Flynn
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N1UK
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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 04:10:07 PM »

I would use the date format   year month day


It will sort chronologically better that way.

It is a standard date format rather than the world, day month year format and the USA,  month day year format which leads to confusion


Mark N1UK

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WA2ONH
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2013, 05:05:37 PM »

FYI:

Found this at DX Engineering a while back most likely to scan "selected" number of QSL cards and not for the large pile you'll be doing.

DX Engineering Digital Picture Frame and Scanner Systems DXE-QSL-KIT

Digital Picture Frame and Scanner System, QSL, 7 in. Diagonal Screen,
120 Vac Adpaters Incl., Kit Price: $89.95

LINK: http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-qsl-kit

See product VIDEO showing how it works.
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W2RWJ
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2013, 05:16:52 PM »

I am looking to find an application that will import the resulting duplexed scan and present it to a human to type in the file name.

Received an e-mal from an eHam reader advising me to try RansenSCAN http://www.ransen.com.  Look promising.  Will advise on the outcome.

73 Martin Flynn
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2013, 07:13:57 PM »

I am looking to find an application that will import the resulting duplexed scan and present it to a human to type in the file name.

Received an e-mal from an eHam reader advising me to try RansenSCAN http://www.ransen.com.  Look promising.  Will advise on the outcome.

73 Martin Flynn
W2RWJ

I downloaded the RansenSCAN demo and gave it a try.  Naming files is no easier than using the software  supplied with my printer/scanner and IrfanView (freeware) for a graphic program.  The ONLY advantage I see is the 'sub-image' feature.  In your case, using the document feeder with duplexer, I see no advantage at all.

I have taken the process one step further and have written a program in Paradox (a relational database management system) that allows me to enter data into a searchable database including: QSL Images(s), Call Sign, Date, Time, Band, etc..  My next goal is to reproduce this functionality using Liberty Basic.
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W2RWJ
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2013, 04:56:11 AM »

I have taken the process one step further and have written a program in Paradox (a relational database management system) that allows me to enter data into a searchable database including: QSL Images(s), Call Sign, Date, Time, Band, etc.. 

We are headed in that direction - We are examining use of Collective Access an open-source museum collection management tool.   CA allows use of images and custom definitions of metadata (call sign, frequency, country as examples).   Link:  http://www.collectiveaccess.org/

The tough part is the scanning cataloging, and then archival storage of the cards!

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