Go to the Market on your Kindle Fire and search for W2CYK...let me know if you find it...purchase and install...if you have any problems email@example.com
I don't get it... for the same $10/year I can buy the dead-tree edition of the ARRL repeater directory that I don't need a working phone and internet for and get to keep when I decide to stop paying for my subscription. Not to mention that the app cost money too (or at least it does in the Android store)
Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of a repeater directory on my phone and am looking for one that makes sense. I just find it difficult to justify the cost when I compare it to my other options that I'll continue using even with the app on my phone. I think it's the subscription part that I am having challenges with.
Maybe I'm missing something tho.
Brad...let me help you understand this...
Originally Posted by KF5DWC
There was never a single location in the world to find repeater info. Now there is. Try to google up repeater info for France, for instance. Can you read French? You can't search for "repeater" you have to search for "relais". If I didn't tell you, you wouldn't know how to say repeater in French. Most of the data is not GPS enabled.
It took many man hours to create the (Worldwide Repeater Directory) WWRD and the RFinder products. I paid people on my staff to do it. It has to be maintained now...forever. On 6 computing platforms and whatever comes in the future. It must stand on its own feet to assure its longevity. And we have to go to Dayton LOL...
The ARRL Repeater Directory is obsolete the moment it is printed. So is Travelplus. It's data is instantly stale. How many trees are now dead as you say? Subscribing to the WWRD is like getting both TP and ARRL RD for a small fraction of the price. You will notice that the ARRL RD folks saw what we were doing and put the RD on the Garmin for $24.95 annual. We will be on the TomTom soon and Garmin also, using the same credentials you got with your annual sub. Bottom line...one subscription, ALL platforms. Except one...we do not print a book that you have to repurchase every year...isn't that a subscription?
The WWRD is a green product. It's a living organism. We get updates from the web and the RFinder phone products every day. We check the voracity of the update requests to be sure they are accurate. This takes manpower to do. It's a bargain at any price .
I could go on and on about electricity, bandwidth, equipment, software maintenance, but I'm sure you can understand why this has to be a subscription. QRZ is a sub. So is QST, CQ, etc., as well as your annual renewal to ARRL. Each has to be maintained.
A significant portion of what we take in funds youth programs in Amateur Radio. We fund YDXA Youth DXPedition and putting Ham Radio into Boy Scout camps.
I hope that helps...and I hope to see your call in the log...
Originally Posted by W2CYK
i would be delighted to buy this as an app for my IPAD. But the subscription part doesn't make any sense. Maybe you can make a version which boasts a once a year update without the sub.
I don't need up to the minute repeater info, but I would pay a few bucks for an IPAD and IPHONE app with a free update. That's how all my other ham apps are.
If I want up to the minute repeater info I just go on the web.
I think it's really handy to have this kind of app for an iPhone or iTouch especially since the app regularly updates the repeater directory in the app. But what I'd really like to see is the app program HTs directly, cutting out the need to sync-up or offload to some secondary programming app on another platform (PC, Mac, Linux box, etc). While there may be the necessity of a hardware interface to ensure programming levels are adequate for the HT, it just makes sense to have the app program the HT at the same time once a Ham has selected all the repeaters they care to program. If that happens any time soon, I wouldn't care how much the subscriber cost would be because it would be far better than what I have now that does that - TravelPlus.
Let's see that happen - okay? That's not a sly remark, it's a challenge to you -
73 de Marty, KN0CK
Does this app work on Android and if so, will it work for version 2.2 ?
Marty...I love a challenge...
Originally Posted by KN0CK
We are on the same page...I have in play a device that puts a radio on the web via ethernet or wifi and gives the radio a web interface!
Right now we have to use intermediaries like CHIRP and RT Systems or the prototype I am working on but eventually I would like to see this embedded in new radios. I spoke to Kenmore last year at Dayton about this and the VP scoffed and actually walked away from me, like I was some kind of quack. I am not. The app exports data in TPE format for importing into radio programming software and CHIRP and RT both query the directory directly. Maybe this year they will take me more seriously...
Someday...its in play...thanks for the ideas!!!! Keep em coming!!!
Just go to the Android Market and search for W2CYK...download RFinder. Make sure your location and internet is turned on!!!!
Originally Posted by KE7JFA
Enjoy...it will be fun for you...