Since we first launched RFinder back in April, we have received an incredible response from users and gotten tons of very enthusiastic feedback. Thank you all for your support! We are constantly adding new features and now we are adding new platforms.
CHIRP (http://chirp.danplanet.com/), the open source radio programming software is now in Beta and uses the same credentials from RFinder for Android. Our plan is to add new platforms, such as web, which will be released in October, 2011 and iPhone. Your subscription will work on any platform we release. If you do not have a subscription (you don't have RFinder for Android), click http://www2.rfinder.net/ and subscribe with either PayPal or Google Checkout, and we will send you your credentials within 24h. If you want to be a beta tester on the web interface, send an email to email@example.com.
RFinder has grown far beyond its original functionality. Based on user requests, we have already added the following features:
- Additional Sorting Functionality
Allowed sorting of the list by Frequency and Callsign, not just distance.
- Location Override
This gave users the ability to override the phone's gps or network supplied location to search for and get lists of repeaters anywhere, including dynamic location of places by name/zip/city or other simple criteria.
- Memory of search criteria and overridden locations
Users' selected band and radius criteria as well as the state and coordinates of location override, if active, are saved by the app whenever the app is closed or the main screen is exited. This saves users from having to re-enter their favored search criteria. It also helps maintain the app's current repeater list for overridden locations, helping avoid extra lengthy server queries.
- Grid Square Display
Displays the Maidenhead grid square of the current location on the top of screens next to latitude and longitude.
- TPE Export
Export repeater lists as .TPE format spreadsheet files compatible with import directly into many radio memory management programs. The .TPE file is placed in the Download folder of the phone's SD card and the app also automatically creates an e-mail message with the file attached. This message can then be sent anywhere for easy retrieval of the file on another machine.
- IRLP Status
When viewing repeater details, IRLP node numbers can be touched to look up the current status of the nodes.
- Repeater Update and Deletion
Gave users the ability to help improve the repeater list for their area by submitting repeater updates and dead repeater deletion requests on their own directly from the app.
- Repeater Add
Gave users the ability to add new repeaters directly from the app or from the http://add.rfinder.net interface.
Fully functional map showing the chosen list of repeaters. Touching repeater icons brings up a summary of the repeater detail, including trustee, frequency, offset sign, and codes.
- Universal User Registration
As part of initial setup, the app registers and authenticates users as paid users of the RFinder Worldwide Repeater Directory. Paid users are entitled to use the Directory from any version of RFinder, the RFinder Worldwide Repeater Directory browser interface (COMING SOON!), or any application compatible with the Directory.
- Callsign Lookup
Lookup license information for any callsign from the main screen
...and that's not all! We are constantly listening to your feedback and requests and are already working to add the following additional features in the near future:
- D-Star info
- Filtering and sorting repeater lists based on functionality (D-Star, Echolink, IRLP)
- Editable Notes field in the Repeater Update function
- Full landscape support
- Fully Functional browser-based interface available to registered users