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Live Online Scanner for Potter and Randall County

Cory Elliott, KD5ROK, has assembled and hosted the only live online scanner in the Amarillo area. Cory’s scanner feed covers Potter and Randall County for 24/7 coverage of local public safety radio traffic. This is a handy resource which allows you to turn your computer, or smart phone–through the use of applications, into a virtual scanner. Using your computer or phone as a scanner will free up your ham gear to be dedicated to ham radio use so you don’t miss a single transmission. Also, while traveling out of the area, you will still be able to monitor events in the Amarillo area in real time. It is worth noting, that Cory has added an audio compressor which ensures that the audio output levels are the same for all transmissions heard on the feed. Without the compressor, some transmissions may be extremely loud while others are barely heard. This is a very clean installation and a useful resource in our area, and we thank you for your work, Cory.

Equipment used: Motorola Radio, Comet GP-3 antenna on a tower at 30 feet with LMR-400 coax, and also an audio compressor and EQ for audio shaping.

Click here to listen online to: Amarillo Fire 1,2,3, Amarillo Police 2 & 3, Amarillo Emergency Service, Randall County Sheriff, Randall County Fire, Randall County ESU, Texas Fire 1 & 2, Potter County Fire 1 & 2




Amateur Radio Applications for Motorola Droid Phones

I don’t intend to portray myself as a Motorola Droid salesman, and I don’t intend to compare the Droid to the iPhones at all. I certainly do not intend to start any debate over such trivial matters. However, I do own a Droid, and I have found many useful applications that are designed for the Droid that are related to Amateur Radio and I thought I would share them. Maybe someone can share some useful applications designed for the lesser quality, and less reliable iPhone.

Amateur Radio Call Log, by APK Labs, FREE www.apklabs.com

Amateur Radio Call Log is a basic ham radio logging app for An droid 1.5 and above. It stores Date, Time, Station, Freq, Mode, RST, and additional comments. Also has the ability to easily look-up callsign information from the FCC database.

UTC Time (beta), by bjg222, FREE www.bjg222.com

Simple, fast way to check current UTC/Zulu time. App syncs with internet time servers. Includes widget. Useful for pilots or aviation industry!

Scanner Buddy, by Karlan Mitchell, FREE www.3dstoneage.com

Turn your phone into a Police Radio Scanner! Supports many major US/International cities! Additionally Fire & other public services.

Ham Radio Study, by Tango 11, FREE www.tango11.com

Prepare for Amateur Radio examinations. Includes full question pools: Technician (effective till 2/30/2010), General (effective till 2/30/2011), Extra (effective till 6/30/2012). Asks you questions, remembers which questions you’re having trouble with. Does not yet include images, which is mostly an issue for Extra.

Ham, by Smerty Software, Free www.smerty.org

Open source Ham Radio App for Android. View current solar data and calculated band conditions. 1.3 very minimal QRZ.com callsign lookups.

HamSatDroid, by jcrq, FREE www.sites.google.com/site.hamsatdroid

Amateur radio satellite pass prediction. Home location’s maidenhead grid shown on pass and map views.

EchoLink, by Synergenics, LLC, FREE www.groups.google.com/group/echolink-android

This app is for licensed Amateur Radio operators only. See www.echolink.org for more information. EchoLink for Android provides access to the EchoLink network from your Android device. You can use this app to connect to the EchoLink system from almost anywhere, using either a Wi-Fi or cellular (3G) connection.

Morse Droid, by UtopicSoft, FREE www.utopicsoft.com/android.php?pkgid=com.twistandroid.morsedroid

*NEW SOUND added! This application converts text into Morse code, and Morse code to text, and vibrates this code.

Amateur Radio Callsign DB, by Infantry Company, FREE www.infantrycompany.com

This app allows you to quickly and easily lookup license data for U.S. amateur radio callsigns. Search by callsign or last name.

Signals, by APK Labs, FREE www.apklabs.com

“Signals” provides a quick and simple reference to various communications signals, such as 10/11 codes, Morse Code, Phonetic Alphabet, Police Codes, Q-Signals, and more. Great for police scanners and ham radio enthusiasts.

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