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Author Topic: New Callsign Lookup Website  (Read 19396 times)
KB1QAB
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2008, 04:30:32 PM »

Tyler,

If you look at the website's footer for any callsign lookup result:

"Geographic coordinates are based on ZIP code and are provided by the Yahoo! Maps Geocoding API.
Grid Square is in turn mathematically calculated from these estimated coordinates."

Because grid square is calculated from Yahoo!-provided geographic coordinates, which are in turn calculated from the ZIP code (NOT street address,) there will at times be some degree of impreciseness with Grid Square information. However, I believe that results are generally accurate enough to still be useful.

Regards and 73,
KB1QAB
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TMTYLER357
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2008, 06:51:19 PM »

Oh. Okay. Sorry, I hadn't seen that at the bottom. Thank you for clearing that up.

73,
Tyler
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2008, 07:40:43 PM »

No problem, I welcome any and all feedback!

It's actually a good thing you posted that. Just for kicks, I looked over the Yahoo! Geocoding API documentation again. Either this wasn't there before or I missed it the first time, but the Yahoo! Geocoder actually DOES accept street address information.

It was very easy to modify the Callook code to feed the Yahoo! Geocoding API this more precise information, and now Callook displays the grid square you specified earlier, when looking up your callsign.

Also, I've decided to combine the name and address fields based on another suggestion at the QRZ forums.

Thanks for making Callook even better!
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KG4TKC
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2008, 07:36:48 PM »

Hi,Thanks a lot for the hardwork and great job. I have it added into my Debian/Iceweasel computer and it works great! Long Live Ham Geeks,Computer Geeks,and Open Source,,hihi,,once again,great job on your lookup site,73 es GL,KG4TKC
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2008, 08:52:42 PM »

You're very welcome...thanks for your kind words!

73,
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ON7RU
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« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2008, 03:08:02 AM »

Great piece of software.
Don't know if it's possible to add the county, would be a great tool for the abroad countyhunter.



Thanks again and keep up the good work.


Frank, ON7RU
www.on7ru.net
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2008, 05:54:37 AM »

Frank,

Thanks for your comments!

Please see my post on the QRZ forums regarding the logistics of adding county lookup information to Callook:

http://forums.qrz.com/showpost.php?p=1227135&postcount=46

Since I've written that, I've discovered that a database of this kind is actually available for free:
http://www.census.gov/geo/www/tiger/

However, this database is extremely large, and the server that Callook is hosted on probably can't handle it very well.

Although I agree adding county information to Callook would be a useful feature (and it's now the most requested feature,) I need to figure out a way to do that without overburdening the server and without Callook's speed being adversely affected.

Thanks again for writing!

73,
KB1QAB
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2008, 10:48:58 PM »

Update! A new version of Callook is available for use on cell phones (iPhones, etc.) and PDAs. The page is located at http://callook.info/mobile.

Let me know what you think!

73,
KB1QAB
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K2GW
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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2008, 12:46:44 PM »

Superb!  It's the best one around for mobile cell phones!
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2008, 01:11:17 PM »

Thanks, K2GW!

I'm assuming you know about http://callook.info/mobile for cell phones?

73,

Josh, KB1QAB

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K2RRT
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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2008, 02:19:18 PM »

Great site! I'm using the xml feature to verify callsigns for my free hosting service http://hosting.k2rrt.net
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2008, 02:25:50 PM »

Thanks, I'm glad you find it useful!
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2009, 06:06:50 PM »

I did a number of updates for Callook.info yesterday.

Changes include:

    * Access to the API via JSON
    * Slight restructuring of the site's look
    * Restructuring of existing API output formats (XML, Plain Text)
    * Format restructuring for the Callook Google Gadget and Callook Mobile

Just a heads up...enjoy!

73,
KB1QAB
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KB1QAB
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2009, 10:29:55 AM »

Nathan,

You're welcome! I'm glad you find the service useful!

73,

Josh, KB1QAB
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« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2009, 01:06:30 PM »

OUTSTANDING JOB!!!

Finally, an UNEDITED database that I can access from my phone and not have to mess with the childish tantrums of the database manager.  73!
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