KX3 Companion for Ham Radio

3.8
137 reviews
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Everyone
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About this app

***NOTE: If you have the FREE version or are updating the FULL version, please UNINSTALL them first and then install the latest FULL VERSION. Thanks!***

Ready for Android 5!

The KX3 Companion in an app that will let the power use of your Elecraft KX3 HF radio easier and lighter. No need for a PC!

It will let you send and receive CW, PSK31 and RTTY by using your device keyboard. You can also use an external Bluetooth keyboard.

You can set up to 20 macros to that can use dynamic symbols to have Call, Name, QTH and Locator automatically updated.

It connects to your KX3 by using the USB Serial cable that comes with the radio. You'll also need an inexpensive OTG Cable adapter to connect the serial USB to your mobile device. You can find them for a very few dollars. No other cables are needed!

The KX3 Companion app also let you record full QSOs and log them to eventually export them to your favorite QSO logging software.

With the new SWR Meter you can sweep a frequency range and the app shows you a chart with SWR values. You can select from 3 to 13 steps, each step can be from 5 to 500 kHz.

Selecting the "SPECTRUM" tool, the app shows the audio spectrum. For devices allowing that, you can also attach the KX3 Audio OUT to the device Audio IN for a better signal. By touching the spectrum you can do a quick QSY.

Selecting the "WATERFALL" tool, you can see how the spectrum evolved over time. It is very useful feature to spot every signal even the weakest ones!

With KX3 Companion you can:

- Send and receive CW, PSK31 and RTTY using your device keyboard
- Read and Write messages with space for hundreds of characters (depending on your mobile phone or tablet screen size)
- XMIT (Chat) Mode - Transmit as you type. Perfect mode to be used with an external Bluetooth keyboard.
- Switch mode (CW, PSK31, RTTY)
- Set the frequency and go up/down bands
- Record and recall up to 10 totally customized macros (20 on tablets with large enough displays)
- 4 dynamic symbols for Call, Name, QTH and Locator to be used on macros (you can customize the symbols)
- assign label and color to each macro
- macro symbols and programming language
- load/save of macro templates
- Set the CW WPM (Words Per Minute) value with a slider
- Have up to 10 presets to set power, ATU or whatever you want to program
- Customize the serial baudrate, dynamic symbols and date formats to adapt the app to your setup and needs
- Record full QSO logs (everything you send and receive is recorded)
- Log your QSO in CSV and ADIF formats
- Log received/send RST and received/sent contest serial numbers
- QSO log is recoded in the DB (Sqlite)
- automatic check for already worked CALLs (tells you how many times/when/band/mode)
- automatic recognition of callsigns
- Audio spectrum and waterfall to easy find signals
- SWR Meter to sweep a frequency range and see the SWR values over that range
- QRZ.com XML integration. Automatic QRZ.com lookups.
- eQSL.cc integration. Enable it to automatically send an eQSL every time a new QSO is logged
- DX Cluster integration: simple press QSY, band filter, list filter, alert filter.
- Compatible with Elecraft K3 as well
- Support for remote control of the KX3. Instructions here: http://kx3companion.com/kx3remote
- Support for Piglet (http://pignology.net/piglet). Instructions here: http://kx3companion.com/piglet
- PDF Manual

Please read the MANUAL to fully understand the potential of KX3Companion.

If you'd like to see more features contact us at kx3companion@gmail.com or connect to our forum:
http://kx3companion.freeforums.net/

IMPORTANT
Remember that to connect the Elecraft KX3 to your mobile device you need the serial USB cable coming with the radio and an OTG USB cable adapter. Also make sure that your device is not locked to the use of OTG cables. Some carriers (like Sprint Wireless) may do so. Please check with their customer service.

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS AFTER THE UPDATE, PLEASE UNINSTALL AND REINSTALL THE APP.

72/73,
Andrea IU4APC
Updated on
Nov 14, 2014

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3.8
137 reviews
Ben Shephard
April 25, 2021
Abandoned app. Don't bother installing this. While the developer did seem to be actively working on improvements at one point this app hasn't been updated since 2014. It never did work properly and although fixes were expected they never came. It's a shame as it looked to be one of the most promising apps on the play store for the kx3
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Brent Crier
August 23, 2019
Everytime I open the app. It says it was built for an older version of android. Very annoying. The app does crash fairly often. I'm guessing due to the newer version of android my phone has.
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Michael P
September 15, 2018
Looks ok nothing unusual going on but has realy good potential if I could only stop it from locking up, needs a lot more work to be able to compete with other software
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What's new

V.111 (macroPowerLollipop):

Now ready for ANDROID 5 (Lollipop)

- fixed a bug on macros buttons that didn't clear on Android 5