December 25, 2013

Five Fun Favorite FREE Amateur Radio Related iPhone Apps

So you are a ham and received an iPhone for Christmas and not sure what to do with it?  The ever popular iPhone is an excellent platform for amateur radio applications.  Here are five of our favorite fun free iPhone apps (life is lovelier and lighter with a little alliteration).  At the time of this writing, we are running these on our iPhone 5S and downloaded via iTunes.  Just search on the name in bold to find them in iTunes.

Apple iPhone 5s
  1. QRZ - Search the QRZ.COM database of 1.2 million amateur radio call signs right from your iPhone.
  2. QST - Get the ARRL's magazine, QST, delivered directly to your iPhone each month.  The electronic version of QST includes more content than the paper version by including audio, video, and other content.
  3. EchoLink - Get out on various EchoLink-enabled amateur radio repeaters around the world.  All you need is an amateur radio license, an iPhone, a Wifi connection, or a 3G cellular network connection.  This a great way to enjoy the hobby and make contacts around the world when you are away from the shack.  Yes, it really still is radio.
  4. World Clocks Lite - Global Timezones - Handy clock app that can be configured to display UTC in a 24 hour time format along with the date.
  5. Morse Coach - Nice application for learning Morse code using the Koch method.  You can control the speed, tone, and difficulty level.  Practice, practice, practice.

Good DX and 73, NJ2X
Written by: NJ2X, Michael Maher