The backbone of ECARS is service by its members for its
McCoach, the ECARS webmaster who has made
all of the improvement to the ECARS website
over the past year, is now home from the
hospital but is still not available to perform
updates to the website. If you have
anything that needs webmaster support,
please contact Bob Goodwin, N4HCI,
Lets wish Troy a speedy recovery. He
may be capable of assuming webmaster duties
full time in mid-May.4/26/2018
New Membership Database
The ECARS Webmaster has implemented a new on-line SQL Membership Database. It is currently live and all Member Lookups from the website
are accessing this database. For the next several months, the Secretary / Treasurer will continue to maintain the old Access membership
database as a backup, in parallel with this new system.
This new SQL database has replaced the previous method in which an Access database was maintained by the Secretary / Treasurer on his
local computer, and which required him to periodically create an external active members database and upload it to the website. Since
modern website host server software no longer supports directly reading Access database files, the Webmaster was having to convert the
Access db to SQL after each active members table upload by the Secretary / Treasurer. This was cumbersome and created substantial
delays between membership applications and when the data would appear on the website. Membership updates are now immediately visible
on the website as soon as the Secretary / Treasurer enters the data via the on-line data entry tools.
If you see any problems with the data in the Member Lookup utility, please notify the Secretary / Treasurer, who will research and
resolve the issue.