I just wonder if the idea has ever been floated. Not to encourage Cell phone usage versus other means, but could be a handy tool 'in the field' to look up a callsign, especially if you're operating out somewhere with cell coverage and didn't want to pack a computer with you.
I know many a time I've looked at logs and luckily with it being Field day, a lookup quickly determined if the N I thought it was is actually a W or whatever, since I knew what ARRL district they were in.
I know there are callsign CD's etc also, but sometimes packing a computer, even a laptop into the field is difficult. But seems like everyone has a cell nowadays, even if like me they only carry it for the XYL and emergencies.
So has this idea ever crossed anyones mind at QRZ, or otherwise? Or does it exist already somewhere and my search just yielded nothing because I'm searching wrong?
Thanks for any commentary.
There isn't any reason you couldn't use a handheld pc which is also a cell phone to browse to QRZ.com and look up a call...I do hope that you don't plan to do this in rush hour traffic :rock:
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I use the following WAP site on my cell phone to look up calls:
If you go under 2. HAM DX and then 3. Call Lookup, you can enter any callsign in for the info.
If you try using a regular web browser it will not pull up the website, you have to use a cell phone browser to pull it up.
Chris - KU7PDX
Cool beans. I just visited that WAP callsign lookup site, and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the site.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. --Sir Winston Churchill
My employer has supplied me with a Nextel/Blackberry for my job. In addition to e-mail, messaging, and phone it has internet browsing. I can look up a callsign or even read this forum with it. Isn't technology great?
I have an axim w/ bluetooth, with a bluetooth/internet pcs visionized cellphone and can look up and do the forums. I'll have to try the WAP site though. Skipping a step might be nice.
Hey! Who broke mah squelch!
Sweetness, thanks for the tip. It's bookmarked now.
You know you're a geek when you've got FCC RF Exposure warning signs in your apartment.
The above is only my rambling, doubtlessly long-winded opinion. You're welcome to it, but I cannot attest to it's accuracy.
Try http://www.zs6ro.co.za/index.wml on your cellphone .. Its a WAP site which I host ...
It also allows you to get the last 5 current DX-Spots ..
73, Dick ZS6RO
Any sites available for this via SMS?
You can now do Google searches via SMS -- text it a business name, for instance, and it will send back the address and phone number. Send it "WX 80005" and it will reply with a weather report for zip 80005. Kinda neat. I never tried sending it a callsign.
I tried the Internet cellphone stuff once, but it was too painful on the "small screen." The one feature I thought was useful/fun was an airline flight lookup deal. You could key in a flight number and it would tell you the flight's current elevation, heading, airspeed and ETA. (9/11 probably killed that one.)
Rob, one in use is...