On Monday I decided it was about time I had a crack at trying to make an Android mobile application. To keep me interested I decided it needed to be ham radio related, so settled on a simple application that would allow you to search a callsign and it would return the DXCC, Continent, CQ & ITU Zone  and a central latitude and longitude.

Rather than trying to remember my Java days at University, I settled on using the PhoneGap framework which allows you to create applications using HTML/CSS/Javascript which suited me perfectly. The interface the user interacts with is built using XHTML and jQuery as the javascript framework.

To get the information from the callsign, the mobile application interacts with a simple PHP application hosted on my server which returns a json formatted result. It really couldn’t get any simpler.

As this project was purely for fun the codes available on Github, feel free to play and tinker with it, if you improve it share the cold with the rest of the amateur radio community so they can benefit too.

You can download it from the Market at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magicbug.dxcc

Note: 14/04/12 – New update available fixes a few bugs.

Note: 15/04/12 – Available on the Google Play Market!