My favorite ham radio apps for iOS and Android

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In November 2013, The Monitoring Times magazine published an overview of my favorite ham radio and shortwave radio apps for iOS and Android smart phones/tablets.

I just posted the full article on my shortwave radio blog, The SWLing Post.

Since I plan for this article to be a regularly updated, I struggled to decide whether to keep it here on QRPer.com or on the SWLing Post–I certainly didn’t want two copies and I didn’t want to separate the hobbies with two different posts. In the end, since I’m now the shortwave radio columnist for The Spectrum Monitor magazine, I decided the SWLing Post would be the best place to hold the post.

I plan to update this app list regularly to include new apps and remove ones which are no longer available. If you have a favorite radio app that isn’t listed, please comment on the SWLing Post. Click here to read the article!

This Wouxun dealer is giving up…

I’ve never owned a Wouxun radio, but I know several people who have.

KG-UV6D-xOne of my readers, Jarno (PA3DMI) over at the SWLing Post, just apprised me of Wouxun.us, who is giving up on the Wouxun brand (though he’ll continue to carry accessories).

Wouxun.us states:

“I’ve finally given up on Wouxun.
They refuse to correct a known defect* in their dual band HT’s.
They also will not support any warranty on their radios.
Over the past four to five years, I’ve replaced about 500 defective radios out of my own pocket and I’ve finally said, Enough is Enough”

With that warning in place, Wouxun.us currently has a closeout price of $109.95 on their Wouxun KG-UV6D v2. Check out the mostly positive review on eHam.net.

Me? I’ll probably pass.

Philippines Amateur Radio Association committed in aftermath of Haiyan

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Hams still involved in Philippines typhoon disaster

While humanitarian aid continues to flow albeit slowly in some areas in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in central Philippines, the Ham Emergency Radio Operator network stations are handling lots of vital messages.

The death toll has been put at 2,000 or so officially, even though estimates have been much higher.

Ramon Anquilan DU1UGZ, of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association (PARA), said its Ham Emergency Radio Operator or HERO network is working inside the disaster areas, and sending messages on HF and VHF elsewhere in the archipelago.

He reports that the first improvements in the relief response were felt with cellular mobile companies beginning to restore their services in hard hit Tacloban.

The RADNET HERO station there had been handling inquiries about the whereabouts of people in the Tacloban and the nearby Palo areas, but when Internet services became available the pressure from residents was greatly reduced. The RADNET station could not operate after dark due to a curfew imposed to maintain law and order.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has now used the HERO network for several messages.

“It appears that NTC had an emergency meeting and decided to provide hams in the area with mobile rigs and hand-held portables.

“The NTC’s awareness of the importance of Amateur Radio is maturing and there are talks of our clubs training and maintaining stations at NTC regional offices,” he said.

The national agencies have relocated the Command Post to the Tacloban Grandstand. For coordination reasons, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Council (CDRRMC) has joined them.

Ramon DU1UGZ said that the hard-working DU5AOK station is left by itself in the second floor of city hall in Tacloban, with security, food, and logistics problems starting to emerge.

“We are urgently requesting assistance to sustain the DU5AOK station and ensure operations in the other hard struck areas are established – Samar, Panay, Cebu, Biliran, and the tourist area of Palawan,” he said.

“We need equipment (field deployable systems, power source generators and antenna systems), food or ration packs and operators tent.”

Financial donations are also welcome via the PARA Paypal account.

Jim Linton VK3PC

Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee