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Surfin': Returning to Smart Phones and Antique QSLs

12/29/2008

Did you get a new iPhone yesterday? Or how about another brand of smart phone?

Following up on the "I Phone, Therefore I Ham," I received some feedback about other sources of Amateur Radio applications for smart phones.

Gerry Jurgens, N2GJ, reminded me not to forget N8CIA's Call Sign Lookup Web site that has a slew of iPhone-friendly call book searches available for any device.

Dennis Brothers, N1DB, wrote, "If you access the site of Dean Gibson, AE7Q, you get a call sign lookup page formatted for handheld devices. If it detects an iPhone, it identifies itself as 'AE7Q Query Tools for Apple iPhone.'"

Patrick J. Maloney, N2POT, just released three applications for the iPhone/iPod touch that help prepare for Amateur Radio license exams. You can learn more about N2POT's applications here.

And now for something completely unrelated, following up on "Still QSLing Those Radio Memories," John Pugh, WJ3P, wrote, "Thanks for another interesting article. After I looked up the QSL card entry on F6AJA's Web site for New Jersey, I wanted to see if the call sign on the QSL was still in use. Amazingly, I found that in fact the holder of the call in 1937 still holds it! Charles Hoffman was born in 1912, so he was 25 years old in 1937 and is 96 years old now. I wonder if he reads your column online."

Until next time, Happy New Year and keep on surfin'!

Editor's note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, still hates telephones, but could get very used to an iPhone. QTH. To communicate with Stan, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog. By the way, every installment of Surfin' is indexed here, so go look it up.

Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor



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