Android Ham Radio Apps

Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5IR » Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:11 pm

Hi all

A few weeks ago I became an "Androidian". I purchased a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone running the Google Android operating system and so far I am very impressed. Haven't been able to put it down! :D

Anyway, looking at the app market (https://market.android.com/) there appear to be quite a few amateur radio based apps and I thought I'd start a thread where we could share any apps we thought were worthy of being mentioned.

A few that I've tried and quite like are:

Echolink
NCDXF Beacon - highlights on a map which beacons are currently transmitting
NKCCluster - DX cluster app
HamSatDroid - Satellite tracking app similar to Orbitron
Satellite AR - Uses augmented reality to show you where the sats are when you hold your phone up to the sky (very cool)
RFinder Worlwide Repeater Directory (~$5) - lists all repeaters around you (along with frequency and Echolink/IRLP nodes if applicable) within a defined radius based on your location determined by your GPS and also displays their location on a map.

There are heaps more out there but I haven't had much time to play with the ones I have as it is but so far I'm very impressed with some of these quality apps.

If you can recommend any others you've played with, please share their names with us below.

Perhaps we might see a VKLogger app one day...? :mrgreen:
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK2XSO » Fri Sep 16, 2011 11:04 pm

There's a few andriod APRS users out there. Even a couple of F calls using it since the data is out of band.
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK4APN » Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:05 am

VK2XSO wrote:There's a few andriod APRS users out there. Even a couple of F calls using it since the data is out of band.

The is also an APP for the Mini VNA Pro!
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5PJ » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:01 pm

while thinking about other andriod apps I went looking for an app to allow me to access the raw GPS data on my Desire, I found two, one has the ability to give you your location Maidenhead (Gridsquare) format and the other just lat and long.

Both have a real time compass in them but neither can tell me where north is and one of them is 180 deg out :-( :twisted: so you would not want to go hiking with that one. I wll get both of their names later... maybe some one else knows of a good raw GPS app (not maps I just want lat long and elevation) where a compass also works :mrgreen:
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK4FIL » Sat Sep 17, 2011 2:19 pm

Hi,

Another great App is IBCNU ( I Be seeing You )

This prg used for APRS Via Iphone smartphone whatever cost $1.99 I think.

Also, can be used by Foundation calls as all Data for aprs at ( www.aprs.fi ) transmitted by normal cellphone data.

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5AJ » Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:48 pm

Slightly off topic but ......has anyone worked out if it is possible with a Galaxy S2 to assign specific ring tones to different contacts ?

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK3HZ » Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:40 pm

VK5AJ wrote:Slightly off topic but ......has anyone worked out if it is possible with a Galaxy S2 to assign specific ring tones to different contacts ?

The contact needs to be in phone memory, not the SIM, and then you can individualise the ringtone.

Back to Adroid Apps, for Aircraft Enhancement fans, there's FlightRadar24. The Pro (=paid) version has a point-and-identify function for any local aircraft you might see.

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby ADMIN » Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:33 pm

VK5MTM wrote:Perhaps we might see a VKLogger app one day...? :mrgreen:

One day.
The Adminstrator/schmuck who writes the Logger's coding needs to get a smart phone himself first though, and it will NOT be an iPhone. :wink:
Maybe Q2/Q3 2012... just waiting on the Galaxy S3.
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby ADMIN » Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:46 pm

Tapatalk forum app
An app you can use to access phpBB discussion forums, such as the VK Logger Discussion Forum.

Download from Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quoord.tapatalkpro.activity&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5xdW9vcmQudGFwYXRhbGtwcm8uYWN0aXZpdHkiXQ..
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5IR » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:05 pm

ADMIN wrote: just waiting on the Galaxy S3.


Get the S2, I've got one and I love it!

Seriously though, if you keep waiting for the S3 to be released, something better will be announced at the same time and you'll want to wait for that too. How long do you wait for...?
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby ADMIN » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:37 pm

VK5MTM wrote:Get the S2, I've got one and I love it!

Seriously though, if you keep waiting for the S3 to be released, something better will be announced at the same time and you'll want to wait for that too. How long do you wait for...?

Theo, true, but the Galaxy S3 will be launched next month!
Believe me, I can wait that long.

This was published today:
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/279406/20120110/samsung-galaxy-s3-headed-feb-launch-better.htm


Samsung Galaxy S2 was heralded one of the top smartphones of 2011 with its all-powerful features packed into a slim sleek case. Now Samsung enthusiasts are gearing up for the all all-new Samsung Galaxy S3 model.


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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK4APN » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:44 am

FYI Elektor RF & Microwave Toolbox is a useful app
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK2GOM » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:19 pm

What do I use... OK - let's have a trawl through my Galaxy S2 apps list for radio related stuff:

APRS Viewer
APRS Droid
Echolink
Electrodroid
glSDR
Ham Radio Ionosphere
HamSatDroid
HF Beacon
ISS Detector
Morse Code Reader
QRZDroid
RF & Microwave Toolbox
RF Calculators
SatTrack
Scanner Radio

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5PJ » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:57 pm

there is an Android app written by a UK ham for locating repeaters near the location of you phone but the data in there for VK is very poor. He was given a listing of all the VK repeaters by the WIA but seemingly NOT their locations and tried to search for names and guess some locations, hence when at home it does not tell me the repeater that is 5km away is near me but tells me the Roxby Downs repearter is only 43Km away (over 500Km away in reality)

You can FWD plan a trip by putting in spot grid squares and it will give you answers in that area, display includes any SUB tone requirements, which is really handy.

More info from the WIA site is here : http://www.wia.org.au/members/repeaters/data/ I have contatced the author and hope we can export the location data from VKlogger? :-) then he can update the app for VK repeaters.

authors web site: http://www.zbm2.com/

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5ALX » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:35 pm

Add to the list;
DTMF decoder/encoder
Droid PSK
PocketSat3

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK4GHZ » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:24 am

Now a new Androidian!
Can't stop playing with this Galaxy S3. :D

DTMF Tone Extractor
Works brilliantly.
Had my Wouxun near the Galaxy S3, and it decoded 100%.

Not sure of any other apps though I really need on the phone... unless playing for the sake of playing???
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK4GHZ » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:50 am

Further to above, searching on "ham radio" in Google Play reveals 229 ham radio apps:
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=ham+radio&c=apps

Searching on "amateur radio" reveals 235 results:
https://play.google.com/store/search?q= ... dio&c=apps

QTH Locator is interesting.
Displays your location on a Google Map (map view) and your 8 character grid square; ie QG62AA01.
It's accuracy is quite spooky! :shock:
Free.

Locator Droid shows your location on a Google Map (satellite view) and displays your 6 character grid square.
It's accuracy seems to vary from a few metres away, to be in the neighbors yard.
At least it tells you what the estimated accuracy is.
Free.

Locator Widget is a simple thing that shows your 6 character grid square and accuracy in a 2-widget wide box.
If you just want to know where you are without fiddling, this does it.
I think this one is a keeper.
Free. :D

Maybe some CW trainers to help blow the cobwebs out and practise;
https://play.google.com/store/search?q=morse&c=apps
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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK5KX » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:21 pm

VK5PJ, A good GPS app is 'GPS Essentials', you can select allsorts of displays on the dashboard.

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby VK2GOM » Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:35 pm

Matt, I'm more interested in your shiny knob 8) I can tell it's not a Griffin Powermate, but what model is it? Is it USB?

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Re: Android Ham Radio Apps

Postby ADMIN » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:37 am

Originally posted as a part of another topic, but deserves a mention here.

I found this uber cool Android app called Ham GPS.
(iOS users should look for their version, if that exists?)
Using the GPS in your smartphone, it will display your grid locator to 10 (yes, 10!) characters.
You can enter a target destination (in either lat/lon or gridsquare), and it will calculate distance and bearing from you.
There is also a compass display to help aim your antenna.

THE perfect Field Day app. :D
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