Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Callsign lookup when portable

Obtaining callsign info when portable

When I operate portable I travel light and don't take a computer but I do carry my smartphone.  As long as I have a signal I can lookup callsign information using my phone.  One clean and simple website I've found to use while mobile is  

However a big drawback is that it is only for US stations because it is using the FCC ULS.  To lookup a US callsign call keep in one of your browser tabs open.

cal website

QRZ is one of the more popular websites for looking up callsigns but the website is not formatted for use on mobile devices.  It can be used but pinch-zoom is required and honestly the ridiculous number of blinking ads on the website is obnoxious so I stay away from it as much as I can.

Here's what looks like on my mobile phone...


There's an app for that...

These days there's always "an app for that".  There are a number of mobile apps that can lookup callsign information as well.  I've used QRZDroid with success and it is not limited to US callsigns.  I'm confident there's something equivalent for IOS devices.

QRZDroid mobile app

That's all for now

So lower your power and raise your expectations

Richard AA4OO

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