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Re: QSL Card Scanning Solution


My personal opinion is that the Logitech PageScan Color series of scanners
are the best thing since the burger bun (which in turn is better than sliced
bread). They have a number of scanning modes:-

 o Sheet fed from a hopper for scanning up to 10 sheets

 o Manually fed flat from the front or rear (it figures it out) -
      ideal for odd shaped/sized items and thick card (e.g. QSLs)

 o Detach the motorised scan head and use like a hand scanner -
      ideal for scanning bound books, magazines, album covers etc.
      being motorised avoids stretching/compressing of hand-held units
      wide enough to scan A4/US Letter/Legal etc. stationery in one pass

These scanners are much much faster than any flatbed scanners I've used,
although flatbed technology may have improved in the past couple of years.
The accompanying software has a number of facilities for scanning,
photo-copying, faxing etc. similar to modern multi-function
printer/scanner devices.

The majority of PageScan units are parallel port devices but can be
daisy-chained with a printer to save a port. However, they use proprietary
signalling on the parallel port which requires the driver software to have
direct control of the port hardware. This is something that NT based Windows
flavours do not generally allow and so the parallel versions are not
supported under NT, 2000, XP, 2003 etc. Early units work with Windows 3.1
and later. The Pro variant and its descendants are designed for Windows 95
and up. Apparently there is a model for Apple Mac (one was sold on
eBay in March for $1.25 + $12.5 shipping) but I don't know which Mac-OS
versions it works with. Later models use USB but I have seen conflicting
comments on whether or not they work with XP etc.

I don't know what the official position from Logitech is but my best guess
is that they got out of the scanner business because of the influx of cheap,
albeit inferior, flatbed devices.

I love my Logitech PageScan Color Pro (parallel port) and I wanted to be
able to use it under later versions of Windows and also under Linux. So,
some years ago, I contacted Logitech support to see if they would release
the driver source code, given that the hardware was now discontinued, but
they didn't understand what I was trying to achieve. They gave me an 800
number (not toll free from the UK) to call some techies but I shelved the
issue as I was too busy workwise at the time and never got around to
following it up.

If you are interested and have time to do some research on the net regarding
OS support, you could pick one up at a bargain price. If so, I'd be obliged
if you'd pass on your findings to me. However, it might not be appropriate
to reply to the AmSat BB unless others are interested in this hardware too.

Let's see what the response is.

73 de

Felim M3HIM
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric H Christensen" <kf4otn@ericsatcom.net>
To: <amsat-bb@amsat.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2006 3:45 AM
Subject: [amsat-bb] QSL Card Scanning Solution

> I'm working on a project that I'm at a point I just can't get past and
> I'm looking for some advice/help.
> I am trying to scan my QSL cards in (front and back) so you can see them
> from my website logbooks (www.ericsatcom.net/RadioKF4OTN).  I've done a
> few using a flat-bed scanner, which worked well, but was very slow.  At
> work I have access to a very nice high-speed scanner that will scan the
> front and back of a page and will handle many pages in just a few
> seconds.  I tried a sample of cards from my collection only to find they
> won't actually make it through the scanner.  Most of them get stuck in
> the opening because they are thicker than regular paper.
> So does anyone have a solution to this problem that they could point me
> in the correct direction?
> BTW, this project isn't just for me...  A good friend of mine, Mr Irby
> K4WO, has taken a turn for the worse and I'm trying to help document his
> accomplishments.  This will probably be a rather large web project as
> this man built so many items, some of which we aren't sure what they do,
> that it will take some time to document all of the hardware.  I was also
> told that there are many QSL cards that are very rare in his collection.
>  When I got a chance to see some of the collection I was dumbfounded.
> There are well over 1000 cards in his collection, some had never been
> taken out of the envelope that came from the bureau.  So you can imagine
> my need for a speedy solution.
> 73s,
> Eric KF4OTN
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