The World's Free Repeater Apps for Android - iPhone coming soon


Android App: Google Play
iPhone App: Coming Soon!
RepeaterBook RepeaterBook - Easily find repeaters across North America and Canada
  • Powered by the popular community database of RepeaterBook.com and software of ZBM2.com RepeaterBook for Android, enables you to easily find repeaters across the USA and Canada, for free and without a network connection.
  • Easily submit updates and additions from within the app.
  • Supports BlueCAT - FT-857 / FT-817 Bluetooth CAT interface
    Touch a repeater to instantly set your radio.
  • Use Network, GPS or just enter a Locator to find repeaters.
  • No network connection required.
  • Displays your locator and selection distance.
  • Comprehensive selection, sorting and display options.
  • Displays distance, heading and full repeater details.
  • Support for English, Spanish and French Canadian languages.
  • Fast and flexible, designed to help you use the repeater network.
  • RepeaterBook will always be free!
Android Screen Shots:
 
 
iPhone BETA Screen Shots
 
What some people are saying:
 

Great, easy to use app

Great to have a FREE repeater app for the USA fantastic work !! Just works, good to see this project taking off, well done !! - Simon

 

This app will make me regret buying the ARRL repeater book for this year. - Andrew

 

This is a great app for those who travel, and are wanting to talk on the local repeaters in the area. Gives you everything you need to get on the air. - Kevin

 

A useful and easy application that does exactly what I want. On startup it shows the repeaters that are closest to my current location and indicates if they have IRLP or Echolink. This is exactly what I want, without requiring me to do anything but start up the app. - rct

 

An app that is long overdue. Very handy. Wish I had known about it in August while driving from Virginia to New Mexico and back home again. Thanks Nicolas for a job well done. I highly recommend Repeater Book. Regards, - George, NJ3H

 

This is a well designed app with all the features necessary and with an excellent interface. It is a model of how an app should be written. Simple to use and operate, yet has all the information you need. - Michael

 

Simply the Best repeater app that I've been waiting a long time for. Canada was not forgotten. Great Job. What makes this App very interesting is that Users can contribute information and have repeaters updated. - Eddie

 

@repeaterbook you guys are AWESOME for putting out the software for free. I'm out on level 3 deployment for Sandy and we're using it #HAM - @recompiler (10/29/2012)

 

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If you have an iPhone/iPod/iPad or Android device, please download the official RepeaterBook app!

Repeaterbook.com utilizes several tools to indicate the coverage of a repeater.

  1. Text: Visitors to the site can write to us and tell us what the geographical limits of a repeater are. This can be quite complex in areas where terrain affects the propagation. When providing the coverage parameters, think of the visitor who is not familiar with your area, but would like to use the repeater. Include cities and areas that are covered. Include mile markers on highways passing nearby.
  2. Radius Circle: Every individual repeater listing includes a Google Map of the area where the repeater is located. This helps provide a good visual indication of where the repeater is in reference to other landmarks and cities. If the coverage radius is given to us, we can draw a blue circle around the repeater to given a visual representation of the coverage area. Of course, this is not a propagation map and the circle can only be used as a rough estimate.
  3. Propagation Reports: Registered members of Repeaterbook.com, while logged in, are provided a link under the map on the repeater's Detail Page to add propagation reports. When you click the link, simply click the provided map with the location, antenna type, and average S-meter reading and we'll do the rest. This can really be helpful for folks needing to know how the repeater covers with different antenna-types. It's even more automatic if using an iPhone and a great way to report propagation while traveling.

Special thanks to Ray Montagne (W7CIA) who helped get the new .gpx filetype exports configured. In case you are wondering what they are and how you can use them, keep reading.

Here is the e-mail that started it all off

"Could you please, please, please use a platform agnostic encoding for exporting files (such as .zip) rather than using a Windows platform dependent self extracting format? The Windows format, which has a '.exe' file extension, cannot be extracted on a Macintosh. A standard '.csv' file or a '.csv' file that is in a '.zip' archive can be used on a Macintosh (or Linux). Same goes for Garmin files, which are based on XML and have a '.gpx' file extension. Thank you. Ray Montagne, W7CIA"
 

I still haven't figured out why he is seeing a .exe when trying to download a .csv from a Mac platform, but the last line really caught my attention. I have never exported to a Garmin application. PHP can easily be written to export as XML. After asking more about it, Ray was more that helpful in pointing me in the right direction:

"For reference, I converted the Idaho Repeater data into a '.gpx' file that can be imported into Garmin Basecamp (a free application available at <http://www.garmin.com/us/products/onthetrail/basecamp>).Free map data, including topographical maps, is available at <http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/>.Once imported into Garmin Basecamp, the file can be uploaded into any Garmin GPS.The '.gpx' file format is derived from XML and is specified at <http://www.topografix.com/gpx.asp>.

Having the repeater directory in my GPS is why I needed access to the '.csv' data on a Macintosh (I had to use a Windows system and then transfer the data).

 

The web site Ray provided are very easy to understand, and I had to have a copy of BaseCamp. From the web site:

Trip Planning

Use BaseCamp to plan your next hiking, biking, motorcycling, driving or off-roading trip. You can view maps, plan routes, and mark waypoints and tracks from your computer and then transfer them to your device.

  • Track Draw feature lets you trace your planned route and view elevation changes, helping you estimate the difficulty of a hike or bike ride.
  • Plan the perfect scenic route, making sure your navigator takes you through certain waypoints, for your next road trip.
  • Play back your routes and tracks over time and save and share your adventure.

Survey the Terrain

BaseCamp displays your topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. Load map data from your handheld device, or import maps you’ve downloaded or purchased on DVD or microSD™ card. Consider our TOPO series maps, which offer detail on a scale of either 1:100,000 or 1:24,000.

 

Geotag Photos

BaseCamp lets you geotag photos, associating them with specific waypoints. You can see the exact scenery at any given location. Transfer the photos to your handheld device, publish photos directly to Picasa™, or email your geotagged photos directly to friends or family so they can navigate right to your favorite spots in the future.

Transfer Satellite Images

With BaseCamp and a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription, you can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your outdoor or fitness device and seamlessly integrate those images into your maps to get a true representation of your surroundings. It makes it easy to scout campsites, sources of water, potential hazards and more. If you prefer raster topographic maps, you can also download BirdsEye Select maps and pay only for the data you download.

Downloading and installing BaseCamp was absolutely painless. Installing extra map files was also a snap (be sure to read the directions, though).

The best information on how to create the .gpx export actually came from Ray. He spent some time creating some example files, which I copied and uploaded. They have been deployed and are working nicely.

They are in sort of a beta mode and have not been deployed on the entire site. The best way to download one is to search on a specific state and then choose the band (or ALL) you want to view. On the Search Result page, choose Export, then .gpx. After the file downloads, open it from File >> Import inside BaseCamp.

 

Enjoy!

Garrett, KD6KPC
Site Admin

I love the Proximity Search. Essentially, enter in coordinates, an address, a landmark, or whatever Google knows how to decode, and let the search engine run through the database looking for repeaters that are close to that location.

To filter the results down, you select the distance from the search location. If you only want to look on a particular band, you can do that, too. You should never enter a band and a frequency; it's one or the other.

There is a healthy list of features you can filter by as well as by confirmation that the repeater is operational.

I use this search all the time to locate repeaters near me. When using my HT at a hotel in another city, I will look for repeaters that are within 20 miles of me with wide area coverage. It's a fast way to locate repeaters when you don't know what the nearby cities or mountain tops are called...or maybe even the county you are in. You can search for repeaters around you like you have local knowledge!

This search has been used by disaster relief organizations to locate repeaters to serve remote operational areas during disaster relief situations. You could even use it to locate a repeater at a remote camp site or trail somewhere. This search really takes the research out of your search of a paper directory to help you find usable repeaters.

The search results will tell you how far away the repeater is to the location you entered.

An added bonus for smart phone users, there is a "Near Me' search which will use your onboard GPS to autofill your location! I use this a lot at the hotels and even on the road between major cities to find repeaters.

This search ignores all political lines, including international. It will search for close repeaters regardless of city, county, state, provincial, or international boundaries.

Happy searching!