My Fav Portable Ham Radio Apps

Over the years I have collected around 18 Ham Radio apps for my iPhone and iPad. I use a couple of the apps when working portable and others when hanging in the shack. (At times I think the XYL wants to do the hanging!)

Hamlog provides a general logging function and templates for logging parks on the air (POTA) and summits on the air (SOTA) contacts.

Since I am a POTA activator, the POTA logging template is perfect for my field operations. Hamlog can also log contacts based on a “user defined” template.

Hamlog is of those apps which also contains a huge list of Ham Radio tools in addition to its primary function. To get an idea how many tools are found in this free app click here.

Hamlog is authored by Nick / N3WG and is just one of a suite of products offered under Pignology LLC. Among the lineup, Pignology sells wireless rig control (Piglet) and rig remote control (PigRemote). Take a look at the Pignology product lineup here.

After each activation Hamlog provides an easy email function to send the adif log to the local POTA admin so that folks who worked the activation(s) get credit.

Hamclock is the free app I use to double check UTC time against my old grab and go MFJ UTC desk clock. When in the field, the app also provides my current grid square and lat, lon info. More info on Hamclock can be found here.

DX ToolBox offers an array of Ham Radio tools. Propagation based on time and Frequency, MUF/LUF, Grayline Map, Propagation Map and detailed solar information are among the tools on the DXToolBox list. More info on DX ToolBox can be found here.

I rarely get feedback but I’ll ask anyway… What is your favorite IOS or Android field app?

72 and 73 de KE2YK

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GNOME 3 Project and LINUX in the Ham Shack

GNOME - 10 Years Of Freedom

Hey I got a chance to jump on USTREAM Tuesday  night and watch Russ and Richard do their thing over at LINUX in the Ham Shack. Yup they were live!

It was interesting to go behind the scenes to see what went on  during the breaks. Those are the spots where podcast listeners only hear the cool music that Russ provides.   The making of episode 35  took the better part of 2 hours to produce. Once again, Richard and Russ did an outstanding job of providing information to us information junkies and open source crazies.

Although Linux In The Ham Shack Episode 35 did not directly discuss LINUX or Ham Radio apps , the guys did conduct a very interesting phone interview with Stormy Peters the Executive Director of the GNOME (pronounced GA-NOME) Desktop Project.

Stormy  was very informative and talked a bit about her position and responsibilities as Executive Director and provided insight into how the not- for-profit organization operates its levers behind the curtain. I was unaware of the fact that about 40% of the GNOME developers are paid staff while the balance are volunteer,  open source crazies like you and I.

Another intersting point that Stormy made was that the GNOME  GTK (GNOME Tool Kit) is widely used to develop variations of the standard GNOME Desktop release and is placed on netbooks, cell phones and scientific (medical) instruments.

Stormy also provided some insight into the coming release of GNOME 3. BTW you can download and install the shell now but the official release date will be around Q3 of this year.

The GNOME project has no direct control over when a new release of GNOME desktop will be integrated into OS’es but you will most likely see it bundled in the next release of UBUNTU.

So if you have not taken the opportunity to check out LINUX in the Ham Shack, take a spin over to the site. Russ is constantly making improvements to the site and just like like fine wine, the site continues to improve with age.