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Surfin’: Still Finding Where the Hams Are

10/08/2010

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ checks out more online applications that reveal where the hams are in your neck of the woods.

I received some e-mails in response to last week’s Surfin’ and AE6RT’s Where the hams are Web page.

A few like Mitch Wolfson, DJ0QN/K7DX, mentioned that there is a site -- N4MC’s Vanity HQ -- that has been available for several years that allows you to plot hams in a specific ZIP Code. Just click on the “N4MC's Ham Locator” link in the left sidebar of the home page to get to it.

Mitch commented, “This is a lot easier than having to download source code from the link you used.”

Whereas Steve Lampereur, KB9MWR, commented, “To AE6RT’s credit, at least he shared his code showing how to do it.”

To each his own!

Back on the Google front, Erik Thoresen, K1OGF, revealed that if you do a Google search on “<city> data” where <city> is the name of the city and state you are searching, Google will come back with a www.city-data.com link. For example, if you Google “Philadelphia, PA data,” Google will come back with “http://www.city-data.com/city/Philadelphia-Pennsylvania.html.”

Following the www.city-data.com link opens a page with lots of information concerning the searched city. If you scroll down toward the bottom of the page, there is a link titled “FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses” that will display all the hams in that city.

There are other FCC links that also may be of interest: for example, the “FCC Registered Antenna Towers” link.

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, still finds hams in his hometown by driving around looking for towers while avoiding potholes. To contact Stan, send him e-mail or add comments to his blog.



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