There are a currently only a few apps on the Android platform specifically for amateur radio, so I thought I’d add my 2p worth.
I’ve recently written a simple free application for the android platform to help locate, and find useful information about the UK’s Amateur Radio Repeaters whilst out ant about. The idea is that instead having to use the internet to lookup the appropriate CTCSS frequency, Tx/Rx frequency etc… for a particular repeater, you can see what settings you need to use on your radio by just running the app. - dont forget to switch your GPS on!
The main screen on Repeater Range shows a list that updates every 30 seconds with the distance and bearing of all the repeaters (nearest first) then if you select a particular repeater from the list you can see/update more detailed information. If you’ve got an android phone - give it a try and let us know what you think.
Repeater Range Screen Shots
Scan the QR Code below with your android handset to find the app on the Android Market
As a follow on from playing with the google maps api, I’ve also created a map of the UK repeaters. Soon I’ll change the marker colour based on the band in which the repeater operates. I’m also trying figure out an easy way of updating the repeater status
Check out the Visual Logbook Google Map HERE It takes about a minute for all the markers to load on to the map - please be patient
Let me know what you think. :) I’m thinking of making this into a blog plugin is anyone is interested
A few photos taken on Langdon Cliffs (White Cliffs Of Dover). Spent a couple of hours on 2m and 20m. The Belgian field day was on and several QRP contacts were made by M3OYQ and M3WFO using a 1/2 wave whip mounted at 45 degrees on the ford ka. (M3OYQ and M3WFO operating 5w on an FT-817). Some more distant contacts were made by M0GGO (formerly 2E0BEH, M3JOM) using his new SOTA beam, and 50w with an FT-857).
Also managed to get one contact in italy with 2.5 watts and a telescopic whip on the FT-817, however the chap on the other end wasn’t happy as it was an Italy only contest - doh….. Still it proves what can be done with a good location and QRP power levels, you dont even need a huge antenna!!