ARRL Releases First Repeater Directory App for Android Devices
ARRL has introduced its first Android app for locating Amateur Radio repeater frequencies in the US and Canada — The ARRL Repeater Directory®…Powered by Travel Plus™. Android phone and mobile device users can download the app at no cost from Google Play™ (an Apple iOS version is coming soon). The free app provides limited access to The ARRL Repeater Directory database. Users may purchase a subscription to the complete database of 23,000 repeaters, but the full version of the app is included in the price of The ARRL Repeater Directory print versions.
“You’re probably more likely to have your smartphone at your fingertips when searching for a repeater while traveling,” ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, pointed out. “The app can quickly locate you and deliver a list of nearby repeaters to tune in.” Inderbitzen says users can browse the entire database by city and state too, even while offline.
The app’s database includes the current list of frequencies included with the new 2014-2015 hard copy editions of The ARRL Repeater Directory and in the TravelPlus for Repeaters software. “ARRL assembles this data each year from frequency coordinators recognized by the National Frequency Coordinator’s Council and carefully vetted submissions from individual repeater owners,” said ARRL Publication Manger Steve Ford, WB8IMY, who edits the directory. The database includes repeaters from 28 MHz to 1240 MHz, and includes ATV, D-Star, APCO-25, Digital Mobile Radio (DMR), EchoLink, and IRLP machines.
The ARRL Repeater Directory app can search for frequencies by city and state, or by current location, if you’ve enabled location services on your device. Selecting a listing reveals detailed information on the repeater and its features. Users can filter searches to see only repeaters that match certain attributes. There is also integrated mapping.
Users may purchase an activation code for 12 months’ access to the full version from ARRL for $9.95. The hard copy 2014-2015 Repeater Directory, also available from ARRL or from an ARRL publications dealer, includes an activation code for access to the full version of The ARRL Repeater Directory app. The pocket-sized edition is $12.95, and the desktop edition is $17.95 — both including the app (plus shipping). The activation code permits single users to activate the full version of the app for 12 months on up to three devices.
ARRL produced the app with DHF Systems, the developer of ARRL’s Travel Plus for Repeaters™ software.