Blogger 73s.org has some nice information on what’s in beta stages such as the Ham radio app from Ochre Labs, but it has some caching problems at the moment. This automatic packet reporting system (APRS) is what Ham operators want but can’t seem to find for their BlackBerry devices.
Eventually Ochre Labs intends to call this app AmaBerry and an update on their blog in July of 2010 tells subscribers to “check back often," and that they haven’t forgotten about this beta-stage app—but no new information is available as of January 2011—good luck waiting on this one.
It’s worth reading (and posting) on the 73s.org Blog (link above). Many frustrated BB users seeking out Ham radio apps for the BlackBerry do offer some links that (sort of ) help such as Ntrak, but most of the posts are left by Ham wannabes who may be just like you—looking for great Ham radio apps to no avail.
So, if you’re a “barefoot," or one that transmits with a transceiver alone and no linear amplifier, the Scanner Radio app may be OK for your needs, but for the real pros, you may want to start emailing BlackBerry App World with suggestions; or switch to the iPhone. But, while you’re waiting for a Ham radio app for the BlackBerry, why not learn the lingo via a great Ham glossary?
If you're a Ham enthusiast and know of a BB app--we'd love to hear from you!
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Screenshots by author courtesy of BlackBerry App World