Cell phones in Ham Radio?

Category: DCARC Communicator - Newsletter Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2016 Written by Chad Rapier

Cell phones in ham radio?

When we typically think about cell phones, we kind of picture them as the antithesis of ham radio. When the you-know-what hits the other you-know-what, we all know that cell phones are going to be useless.

But I am finding that modern smart phones have a lot of uses in ham radio. That little processor can be used for a myriad of things. A simple cable between it and a cheap handheld can create a tracking device or an APRS repeater. Connected to a set of leads and it can be used as an oscilloscope. Wifi-detector. Mores code keyer and/or reader. Echolink. APRS. Ham Radio Test Prep. Tie it to your HF rig and give PSK a try. Track amateur satellites. The list goes on and on!

Next time you have an old smart phone that isn’t being used for its original purpose, take a little walk around the internet and check out some of the great ways that little piece of junk can serve your ham radio hobby!


Chad Rapier


DCARC President

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