Best Ham Radio Apps

My Favorite IOS Ham Radio Apps

Ham radio apps are where old analog and new digital worlds collide!

I use a bunch of IOS ham radio apps on my iPhone. The list of apps below are those I use most frequently. The links will take you to the Apple pages that better describes their features. Perhaps some of these apps may be useful to you.

Some of the apps have overlapping tools. DXToolBox and HamLog have a lot of similarites. HamLog beats DXToolBox for a bunch of reasons in my opinion.

Echolink: A free app that provides access to the EchoLink network. Use the app to connect to the EchoLink system from just about anywhere on an IOS device.

HamAntCalc: A $1.69 app that calculates the length of dipoles, inverted vee’s, verticals and more.

ISS Spottter: A free app (with optional in app purchases) that makes it easy to locate the International Space Station (ISS). You can also forecast future low passes for your area, set an alarm of the pass you want to view.

Resistor Code Calculator: A free app that’s a big help for these tired old eyes. The app calculates resistor colors and translates them into corresponding values. A useful app for anyone building kits or test circuits.

Ham Morse: A $4.99 app and worth every penny! Ham Morse is a comprehensive learning tool with different methods sending code, It will definitely help to improve your skill level. As a CW op for over 30 years, I fall back to it for a quick ‘head tune up’ from time to time.

Callbook: A free app which is handy for looking up detailed info about the call while working field operations such as Parks on the Air.

Hamclock: A 99 cents app which is a handy quick reference tool for field ops. Hamclock displays local and UTC time as well as your current grid square info.

HamLog: A 99 cents app that has an amazing array of ham radio tools for field operations. Hamlog’s features go way beyond simple logging. Visit N3WS’s Pignology site and check out his complete line of hardware interfaces and other ham radio software.

Which ham radio apps do you use on IOS or Android?

73 de KE2YK

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