QSL front
QSL back
Sorry if this QSL is too big for your screen. I generally design everything for a 800 x 600 resolution. In this case I wanted everyone to be able to read the G5RV's "I've been there" list of all the call signs he has operated from. The list is quite impressive. Notice, also, that he speaks 5 languages.

In case you were curious, and since I'm describing various resolution and size decisions, I'll talk briefly how a photo ends up on the web.

For G5RV photos, I scanned all of photos on a UMAX Astra 1200 USB scanner at 1200 dots-per-inch, RGB, full color depth. The originals were photos taken with a disposable camera. Each file for each photograph was about 5 to 8 megs before compression. I use HotMetal Pro 5 as my web authoring software and it features "Photo Impact" as its photo editor. With this program, I can do all the prep work for the web. The real trick is the way this program compresses a 5 meg file into a 50 K file. I have several HTML authoring programs and three or four photo editors, but I keep coming back to HotMetal and it's toolkit.

The various thumbnails of the photos are assembled on the "main" page along with the appropriate text. Clicking on a thumbnail actually brings up a completely separate web page. These are linked back to the main page when you click the word "back."

Assembling the various pages and setting up all the links and then ftp'ing to my web Host is another story.

The reason I have to make decisions about the size or number of pixels a photograph will occupy has to do with the screen resolution of the monitor the person who is viewing the photograph is using. I use 800 X 600 (SVGA) as the standard for my web site. If you you use VGA (640 X 480) then things look really big on your screen, but the resolution is poor. I do all my work with a 21" Sony Trinitron Monitor set at a resolution of 1262 x 864 in full color. (The computer used to support this monitor is a Gateway G6-450, running at 450 MHz, with a 16 meg nvidia video card, and 128 megs of 100 MHz RAM. I know I'm bragging, but in a couple of months anyone reading this will think this is a slow computer! Alas.) Anyway, back to the pixel story. I know that a lot of folks are using 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1224 x 768, as well as other resolutions. By far the most popular are the three listed. Therefore I have selected 800 X 600, the mid-range, as my standard. However, for those running higher resolution, everything looks smaller because there is more stuff on the screen. Rather than have them view the QSL cards with their noses pressed up against the screen, I felt that it was a lot easier to let those with lower resolution monitor scroll across the screen to see the entire object than for those running high resolution to set their monitors to a lower resolution. So that's why some of these photographs may seem so big on your screen.

I know this is boring stuff for you guys who write your own web pages, but I have added it for those who don't and are interested in how it's done.