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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Ham apps for iPhone

Now that Vodafone and Orange have got their grubby little mitts on the iPhone and O2 no longer have the exclusivity they once had in the UK I suspect more UK radio amateurs will be thinking about getting one when contracts come around to be renewed.

Over on the Greek Summits on the Air Forum their has been some interest in amateur radio applications for the iPhone. You could say "it is all Greek to me" and it is, but Google Translate does a reasonable job of what Panos, SV1COX has found. Most of it might be useful to the SOTA operator or any other radio amateur who happens to own an iPhone (counts me out then!). Have a look here for a translated version or here for the Greek version.

Additionally Panos has now discovered i-PSK31 for portable PSK. On sale for only 1.59Euro.

Unfortunately some of the apps require the phone to be hacked or 'Jailbroken'.


  1. Mobile phone talk is as greek to me as ham jargon is to other people so I have no idea what "jailbroken" means. But one app I didn't se mentioned there is iBCNU, which reports your position from GPS on the APRS network. I've seen reports of that app from the US so I'd be interested to know if it works over here, as that is the one that is likely to have me giving myself an iPhone for Christmas.

  2. From Wikipedia...

    Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to run unofficial code on their devices bypassing Apple's official distribution mechanism, the App Store. Once jailbroken, iPhone users are able to download many applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia and Icy. Cydia app store founder Jay Freeman estimates that 4 million (out of 40 million) iPods and iPhones are jailbroken.

    Jailbreaking is distinct from unlocking, which is the process by which a mobile device is made compatible with telephone networks it was not specifically licensed to be used with.

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