Does anyone use the Amazon Fire 7" Tablet for ham radio?
Amazon has these for $49 free shipping
It has 1 GB Ram
8 GB internal storage (expandable to 128 GB)
7 Hour battery life
Single-band Wi-Fi b/g/n
Are any hams using this for PSK31, RTTY and other digital modes?
What about using this with the RS-MS1A ?
The Kindles are good tablets for the money, but it's not straightforward to load non-Amazon/Kindle apps from other sources. The thing is that the ham radio apps you need for digi modes and rig control are not available on the Amazon Apps store.
You have two options:
1. Use an Android phone(or other natively Android device) to download onto and install the app first from the Goggle Play store or other source.
A. Then transfer it to your Kindle using ES File Explorer from the Amazon App store/Google store. (ES has to be running on both devices) This is called side-loading.
B. Alternatively, Install Dropbox on both devices and transfer that way. When you click on the received .apk file in the Dropbox, it will install the app.
2. OR..... Root the Kindle, which essentially converts it to a stock Android device (instructions all over the web. Not difficult) You will then be able to use the Google Play store.
The first method is the easiest and painless solution to try out the Kindle with ham apps. However, it's possible that a Kindle update might necessitate a reinstall of the apps. This is not guaranteed to work with all apps. Paid apps being $5 or $6 bucks, testing with paid apps in not recommended. Try free stuff first.
The second method, while more fiddly, is probably a more solid way to go, should you choose to try this. Sideloaded apps will need to be manually updated from the natively Android device, while the rooted Kindle will behave normally, allowing app updates through the store.
You'll also want/need a cable to connect to the radio, but that's another thread.