I am making this brief post on a very inexpensive Android tablet that I purchased through eBay.  Not the ideal way to do this, but fun in any case.

I was amazed on finding so many Amateur Radio apps in the Google  Play Store.

I have a few installed, including Ham Log. It will be interesting to see if this tablet can be used as an effective portable ops logging device.  Reminds me of the time that I used to use a Palm Pilot for that purpose.

One concern would be that the battery life on this thing isn’t all that great.  It will be fun to experiment, though.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP- When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

10 Responses to “Android”

  • harry k7zov:

    I picked up a cheap Android Cruz tablet at Big Lots about a year ago. I also have a Android phone. I have down loaded and moved over to the tablet a number of Ham programs. For code practice CW Trainer and IZ2UUF Morse code trainer the uses the KOCH method. RepeaterBook is handy, IRLP Finder and QTH Locator and Ham Radio Tools. GPS Test is a great tool too.
    Have fun with your tablet. I am
    Harry K7ZOV

  • Maury IZ1CRR:

    Larry, may we know which kind of tablet did you purchase on Ebay ?
    TNX & 73
    Maury IZ1CRR

  • Hans (BX2ABT):

    It seems these things are about to become the next throw-away gadget. Cheap, poor quality and tossed when a new version shows up. Pity.

  • Matt W1MST:

    Larry, this is kind of a fun app for copying code (not that you’re one of us who needs help!):

    If you’re tablet has a variety of sensors (GPS, accelorometer), Satellite AR is nice app to track the location of the ISS in an augmented reality kind of night sky overlay.

  • Gene KC3RT:

    I purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 7.0 (ICS) and I have been impressed with the mapping, GPS and Sky maps. The only ham app that I have downloaded is the Ham Test Prep from It’s great for preparing for the ham exams and the price is right free). The developer keeps the app up to date and is receptive to also improving the app.

  • W2LJ:

    It’s a MID tablet that I got from a seller who is actually located towards the south end of the county I live in! It has Android 4.something and I tried using it on Echolink with W3BBO. He heard me fine, but I was not getting any receive audio. Re-booting cured whatever the problem was.

    I bought this thing just to play around with and now I really like the concept! I am thinking of selling my PFR3A in order to finance something better – more capacity, faster processor.

    Larry W2LJ

  • Chris KQ2RP:

    I’ve been playing with quite a few of these on a Samsung Galaxy over the past few months. I’ve got links (scroll down) to some of the better ones here:

    Some of the most used are the HamSatDroid for FM sats, NKCC DX Cluster, MUF Predictor and Antenna Calculator. Plan on using one of the logging ones next time I’m in the field.

  • Chris KQ2RP:

    P.S. FYI – the Samsung Galaxy I have is a 4.2″ ‘player’ – not a phone. In case someone wishes to have something ‘pocketable’ which runs these apps and doesn’t involve data plans. Wifi will be necessary, but some apps – like HamSatDroid – I can update and it will use cached data in the field.

  • Benny OH9NB:

    In addition to previously mentionned programs I use
    -KX3 Companion
    -KX3 Key App
    Other interesting free programs I found:
    -Sun Board
    -Sun Moon
    -3D Compass
    -Ozi Explorer, if you have own bitmaps

  • Joe Dunphy K9MBA:

    interested in this thread. Keep me updated, please. 73. de K9MBA

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