Record your Ham Radio QSOs with
your PocketPC PDA
Many PocketPC PDAs include a built-in microphone.
I've had several PDAs over the years and have yet to use the built-in mic
for business. I've always thought that it was fairly geeky to record a
conversation with a PocketPC for later use.
However, there is a
good use for this technology. Record a QSO! Working some rare DX and want to
capture the moment whilst mobile? Click that button on the side and record
the whole thing.
Why would you want to
have your QSOs recorded? Perhaps you're cruising the highways and bi-ways at
70 MPH and work a rare DX-pedition. The DX station gives you all the details
for your logbook (QSL route, schedule, operator name, etc.). You figure that
you can pull off to the side of the road and log all this stuff when he
makes his next QSO, right? Then he goes QRT!
If you've been
recording the QSO to your PDA, simply play back the QSO. Works great.
My Cingular 8120 (HTC
Wizard) stores the recordings as .WAV files. Additionally, I can choose to
email the QSO recording to my home email address.
If you have a QSO with
some really rare DX, you may want to keep this file around to help spread
the word about ham radio. When you get questions like:
simply playback a
recording of your QSO with a guy sitting on a beach on Midway Island.