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Bert Kolts, AB0VI

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This free operating system provides your PC with all of the usual features, including lots of ham radio applications.

If you have wanted to upgrade your PC to a new operating system, but haven’t wanted to pay the high cost for some commercial packages, then you might want to consider the world of open source software. Contrary to popular belief, there are several options available for PC operating systems.

After a string of never ending system bugs and finally a hard drive crash, I was finally prompted to look for an alternative operating system for my PC. The hard drive was easily replaced, but I wanted an operating system (OS) that wasn’t going to cost me hundreds of dollars, that would be more robust and would support my ham radio operation.

A suggestion from a friend and a little time spent surfing the Web quickly led me to the Ubuntu Web site. It looked like a good option, but the most important question in my mind was whether it would support any ham radio applications.

What is Ubuntu?

Simply put, Ubuntu is a full-fledged operating system based on Linux (the PC version of UNIX) that has a similar look and feel to other popular OSs, such as Microsoft Windows. The Ubuntu OS supports all of the usual PC functions but with software that is all open sourced. This means that the operating system and all of the programs that it includes are totally free. Over the last few years, Ubuntu has gained in popularity to the point where some PC vendors are now offering it as an option with some of their new products.

In case you might be wondering about the name Ubuntu, it is a concept that comes from several South African languages. It’s one of those terms that does not translate well into English, but according to The Official Ubuntu Book it can be roughly translated as meaning “humanity toward others,” or “I am because we are.”

The Ubuntu desktop looks similar to those of other operating systems. Figure 1 shows the desktop that I use for version 8.04 (also referred to as Hardy Heron). You might notice that the desktop does not have any individual program icons, but this is simply a matter of personal preference, icons can be added if you wish. All of my programs are listed under the APPLICATIONS menu, located at the top left of the display, where I can organize them into folders by program type. Also located in that corner of the display is the PLACES menu, which contains such items as disc drives and networks, as well as folders for pictures, videos, music, etc. The SYSTEMS menu has user preferences and system administration menus.

The Ubuntu OS uses Firefox as a Web browser and Evolution for e-mail. For office applications the OpenOffice suite is provided, which supports a full featured word processor, spreadsheets, presentations and more. The system also includes the usual games, photo, video and music programs as well. Some of the video programs will even support the European video formats. This is an important feature if you have friends or relatives in Europe, as we do, who like to send you home videos of the grandchildren.

Hardware support is good too. I have two different PCs that interface with a router, one via LAN and another wireless. Each has a different printer as well. All of these devices, including the wireless USB adapter, were identified during system installation and simply worked with no problems. Ubuntu supports a wide range of both old and new hardware and peripherals. A list of the supported hardware can be found on the Ubuntu Web site.

If you would like to give Ubuntu a trial run, you can go to their Web site and download the OS, or order a free CD. You could also choose to buy one of the books that provide an introduction to Ubuntu, many of which will also include a CD. Just be sure that the included CD is one of the recent Ubuntu releases. Version 10.04, Lucid Lynx, is the latest, as of this writing.

When installing the OS, you will discover that you have several options. You can either run Ubuntu directly from the CD, just to try it without installing it on your hard drive, or you can create a dual boot configuration and have both Ubuntu and your old OS available. Of course you can also take the big jump and simply install Ubuntu as your only OS.

With the OS up and running, software updates and support are likely to be the next concern. The Ubuntu community, which consists of developers and users, provides periodic software updates, documentation and user forums. These help to assure that your system is kept up to date and that users have a resource for questions and problems should they arise.

Ham Radio Applications

At this point, since Ubuntu is beginning to look like a really viable alternative OS, the next big issue is whether it will support the ham radio applications that we want to run. Fortunately, the answer to this question is — yes it will.

One of the nice features of Ubuntu is the Synaptic Package Manager. This system lets you search through thousands of programs for specific types of applications and once found, download and install them onto your PC. All of this is done in one simple operation. To help make life easier, the programs within the Package Manager are categorized by type, such as games, mathematics, network and science. There is even a separate category for Amateur Radio.

The ham radio applications include programs for Morse code training, APRS and packet programs, rig control, CW and digital mode terminal applications, satellite tracking, Smith Charts, logging, DX clusters and more. In most cases there are multiple programs available for each of these applications and there is also a logging program that interfaces with LoTW.

As an example, I use the program Xlog, shown in Figure 2, for my log. This program not only provides basic contact logging, but it also tracks your scoring for important awards and checks for previously worked stations. In addition to this, Xlog can also read your rig’s frequency, mode and power via the serial port. For contesters, there is a CW keyer mode that allows you to program the function keys with CW messages and, of course, it can also import and export log data in several common formats.

There are a number of programs available for Ubuntu that will support the various digital operating modes. One popular program for digital mode operation is fldigi. This program, shown in Figure 3, supports several digital modes including: CW, PSK, HELL, Olivia, RTTY and more. It also has the ability to perform rig control, measure frequency (calibrated to WWV), log contacts, run in contest mode and interface with QRZ.com.

Wine— It’s Not Just for Drinking

But what happens if you can’t find a Linux application for the task you need and a Windows program is the only solution? Fortunately all is not lost, because there are several ways that you can run Windows based programs on Ubuntu. One of these ways is with Wine.

Wine is a software package that lets you run many Windows applications within the UbuntuLinux environment. It creates a virtual C: drive on your hard disc and there you will find the familiar Windows folder “Program Files” that contains your Windows applications. When you run a Windows application in Ubuntu it will execute under Wine, but the display will look just like does when it executes from a Windows operating system.

Figure 4 shows an example of the Windows program CircuitMaker, a circuit simulation program, running under Wine. CircuitMaker is an old program that is no longer supported, but in this case I needed this old Windows program to support some of my older homebrew projects. It runs as well now with Ubuntu and Wine as it did with my old Windows system.

The much newer circuit simulation program, LtspiceIV from Linear Technologies, can be run with Wine as well. I downloaded the file a few days ago and it loads and runs on my PC with no problems whatsoever.

Schematic capture and PCB layout applications are also necessary tools for those of us who like to do homebrew projects. The PCB vendor that I like to use for my PC boards provides free schematic and layout software, but unfortunately their software is only available in Windows versions. (Will software vendors ever learn that there are some of us who prefer to operate in Linux? Sigh.) Once again, it only took me about a minute to download their software onto the Wine C: drive and install the programs. As expected, they ran perfectly with no problems.

[Note that the Wine emulator works well for smaller applications such as those described above, but it should not be considered a replacement for a Windows OS. Most of the larger, more complex programs that run smoothly under Windows will run erratically — or not at all — in the Wine environment. —Ed.]

The Bottom Line

In today’s tight economy many of us are looking to get the most bang for our computer buck. Ubuntu, with all of its standard features and functionality, its large library of Linux based ham radio applications and its ability to run Windows applications if necessary, is certainly a viable option when considering an operating system upgrade. Best of all, since the Ubuntu system is open source software, this is all available for free, which makes Ubuntu Linux and ham radio a hard combination to beat. After 2 years of running Ubuntu on two of my home PCs, I find that the more I use it the more I like it, so give it a try.

More Information

This article can’t even begin to describe all of the functions, features and applications available with Ubuntu, so for more information about Ubuntu, Linux, Wine or any of the other applications mentioned here, or to download software, try the following links: Ubuntu, OpenOffice, FireFox, Evolution, Wine, fldigi, Xlog.

The following two books are the ones that I keep next to my computer and refer to most often. They provide a good introduction to Ubuntu for the novice user and they contain Ubuntu CDs.

• Hill, Burger, Jesse, & Bacon; The Official Ubuntu Book; Prentice Hall, 2008.

This is a good overview of Ubuntu, including its history.

• Grant, Rickford; Ubuntu for Non-Geeks; No Starch Press, 2008.

This book provides a lot of good practical “how to” information for the Ubuntu beginner.

All photos are by the author.

Bert Kolts, AB0VI, an ARRL Life Member, was first licensed in 1960 (previously WA2VQB and WA0WZI) and now holds an Extra class license. Bert is a retired electrical engineer who spent 37 years working for Hewlett Packard and its spin-off Agilent Technologies. He is currently refreshing his German via online courses, learning to program in Python and of course hamming, where he works mostly CW and PSK31. Bert has published numerous professional articles on test and measurement and has also articles in QEX and QST. Bert can be reached at 253 Steamer Ct, Estes Park, CO 80517.

Sours: http://www.arrl.org/ubuntu-linux-for-hams

KB1OIQ - Andy's Ham Radio Linux

Version 21 - last version to support 32-bit
Version 24e released: 03-oct-2021 (xfce4) 64-bit

This is a remastered version of Ubuntu Linux based on Ubuntu 18.04.6.

This version contains a lot of amateur radio software including Fldigi, NBEMS, Gpredict, earthtrack, xcwcp and qrq, XLog and cqrlog, flrig and grig, xnec2c, fl_moxgen, aa-analyzer, owx, VOACAP, glfer, Xastir, gqrx, gEDA, GNU Radio Companion, quisk, direwolf, linamc, FreeDV, wsjt-x, js8call, Micro-Fox 15 Config, and a TinyTrak3 configuration program.

This software collection uses the Xfce desktop environment with menus customized for Amateur Radio use. It is designed to be lightweight, fast, and visually appealing.

Recommended minimums: 2GHz CPU, 4GB memory, and 15 GB of disk space

Features

  • Live medium which can be installed to the hard drive or USB thumb drive
  • Xfce desktop environment
  • Contains a large number of amateur radio programs
  • Amateur Radio menu customized for ease of use
  • Nothing proprietary (as far as I know)
  • Software came from the Ubuntu repositories, PPAs, and source tar files
  • Software defined radio receiver with RTL2832 USB dongle
  • Micro-Fox Config GPL and TinyTrak3 Config GPL
  • GNU Radio Companion and gqrx
  • FreeDV (free digital voice)
  • Packet radio software linpac and AX25
  • pskmail client and server
  • digital radio mondiale
  • Learn CW via the Wordsworth method
  • FT8 via wsjtx
  • js8call
  • Arduino IDE and libraries, plus Fritzing
  • nanoVNA and tinySA software
  • Don't forget to install GridTracker! See HOWTO_GridTracker document.

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receivertk5Experimental Software for the ICOM IC-R5 Receivertlfconsole based ham radio contest loggertrustedqslQSL log signing for the Logbook of the World (LoTW)tucnakVHF/UHF/SHF Hamradio contest logging programtwclockWorld clock for ham radio operatorstwpskSoundcard-based X program for operating PSK31uhd-soapysdrSoapySDR device support for libuhduronodeNode front end for AX.25, NET/ROM, Rose and TCPwelle.ioDAB/DAB+ Software RadiowsjtxWeak-signal amateur radio communicationswsjtxDAB/DAB+ Software RadiowwlCalculates distance and azimuth between two Maidenhead locatorsxastirX Amateur Station Tracking and Information ReportingxcwcpMorse code tutor - graphical user interfacexdemorsedecode Morse signals to textxdxDX-cluster tcp/ip client for amateur radioxlogGTK+ Logging program for Hamradio Operatorsxnec2ccalculate and display radio antenna propertiesxnecviewNEC structure and gain pattern vieweryagiudasoftware to analyse performance of Yagi-Uda antennasz8530-utils2Utilities for Z8530 based HDLC cards for AX.25
Sours: https://hamwaves.com/linux.ham.packages/en/index.html
How To Find HAM Radio Software In Linux Mint and Ubuntu
  • 10 QSO Logger - Ten-Ten International QSO parties logging program multi plaform run with Java under Windowd Linux MacOSX

    [ Hits: 877 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

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    [ Hits: 13930 | Votes: 27 | Rating: 6.35 ]

  • Aldo - Morse tutor - A morse tutor that drives any Linux supported soundcard.

    [ Hits: 1141 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 5.83 ]

  • atlc - Arbitrary Transmission Line Calculator. - Unix or linux programme atlc calculates the impedance of electrical transmission lines of totally arbitrary cross section.

    [ Hits: 1466 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 6.44 ]

  • CHIRP - CHIRP is a cross-platform, cross-radio programming tool. It works on Windows and Linux and MacOSX. It can program many popular radios and exchange data between them includin Icom Kenwood Yaesu Alinco Wouxun Puxing Baofeng

    [ Hits: 11800 | Votes: 32 | Rating: 6.98 ]

  • CLLOG - Free german Open Source HAM Logging Program unter the terms of the GNU General Public License. CLLOG runs under MS-DOS (Windows DOS-Window under 3.x,9x,NT,ME,2000) and LINUX. All Functions for Logbook.

    [ Hits: 9232 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 5.33 ]

  • CLX Packet Cluster - CLX is a clone of AK1A PacketCluster that runs under the Linux operating system. Freeware packet cluster server software

    [ Hits: 802 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • CQiNet, linking Ham Radio - CQiNet is a family of programs that combine Ham Radio with the Internet using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology. Two programs are currently in the family, "theBridge" and echoLinux. Thebridge is a iLink/EchoLink compatable conference bridge that runs under various versions of Unix as well as Windows. EchoLinux is a EchoLink client program for the Linux operating system.

    [ Hits: 3532 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 7.5 ]

  • CQRLOG - Advanced ham radio Linux logger based on Firebird database. Provides radio control based on hamlib libraries, DX cluster connection, QRZ callbook, a grayliner, ON6DP QSL manager database support and a most accurate country resolution algorithm based on country tables developed by OK1RR. CQRLOG is strongly focused on easy operation and maintenance.

    [ Hits: 2447 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 7.12 ]

  • cqrprop - HF propagation to your Linux desktop. CQRLOG uses data from HamQSL website provided by Paul, N0NBH.

    [ Hits: 100 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • Cute CW - Most morse code (CW) training requires you to learn everything at once without a training process. This application changes that and separates training into phases.

    [ Hits: 2200 | Votes: 55 | Rating: 8.24 ]

  • CuteSDR - CuteSDR Open-Source application for MacOSX , Linux, and Windows designed to run with RFSPace SDR receiver

    [ Hits: 4615 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 6.67 ]

  • CW Trainer for Linux  updated - Easy to use CW Trainer for Linux. Adaptable for both the Koch and Farnsworth method of learning CW. Makes random tests or can read text from a file

    [ Hits: 2419 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 5.8 ]

  • CWirc - CWirc is a plugin for the X-Chat IRC client to transmit raw Morse code over the internet using IRC servers as reflectors. The transmitted Morse code can be received in near real-time by other X-Chat clients with the CWirc plugin

    [ Hits: 379 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 5.5 ]

  • Darkice - DarkIce is a live audio streamer. It records audio from an audio interface (e.g. sound card), encodes it and sends it to a streaming server. Works on Linux and MacOSX

    [ Hits: 1054 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 3 ]

  • DF9CY Project Auriga - PA is a JAVA software package containing several programs, SW/VHF/UHF Logbook (imports format from RADIOMAN, VMT), Log conversion to HTML format, Import and export functions for RADIOMAN, CT RES files, BV QSL Labels, CSV etc. Internet DX-Cluster support, Keeps track of your worked Callsigns, Checks your worked Grid Squares per band, Databases for worked Grids and Callsigns Uses K1EA CQWW.CTY country file, Easy command line version for terminal operation Moontracking as clock, Pathloss calculation

    [ Hits: 1796 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • Dire Wolf - Dire Wolf is a software soundcard modem and APRS encoder/decoder. It can be used stand-alone to receive APRS messages, as a digipeater, APRStt gateway, or Internet Gateway (IGate). It can also be used as a virtual TNC for other applications such as APRSIS32, UI-View32, Xastir, APRS-TW, YAAC, UISS, Linux AX25, and many others.

    [ Hits: 2338 | Votes: 11 | Rating: 8.64 ]

  • DXSpider - DX Cluster - DXSpider is a clone of PacketCluster software that runs under several operating systems including Linux and Windows compatible with the AK1A program

    [ Hits: 2873 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 8.14 ]

  • dxSpot by K0EMT - Java based interface to dxWorld.com for Linux by K0EMT

    [ Hits: 485 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

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    [ Hits: 1465 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 2.67 ]

  • Echolink on Linux - SvxLink and Qtel - How to run Echolink on Linux

    [ Hits: 1498 | Votes: 9 | Rating: 4.66 ]

  • FBB Packet-radio BBS - FBB is a freeware bulletin board software for amateur packet-radio run on DOS Windows and Linux

    [ Hits: 7986 | Votes: 13 | Rating: 6.54 ]

  • Fcc Lookup System - The FCC Lookup System software uses the standard FCC data files in an advanced lookup system for matching a call sign to a user. The software creates index files to allow rapid searches without modifying the FCC data file. Available for both Windows and Linux.

    [ Hits: 1092 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 1 ]

  • FFT Explorer - A free (GPL) Linux (Xwindows GUI-based) utility that performs spectral analysis on real-time data from a sound card or other source, and can analyze the spectra of various sound file types. It can also accept data from many kinds of applications in plain-text form by way of the "named pipe" feature of Linux

    [ Hits: 10787 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 5.43 ]

  • Fldigi - Fldigi Freeware Digital multi mode program for Linux, Free-BSD, MacOS X and MS Windows . Support CW and several digital modes like PSK31, MFSK, RTTY, Olivia, WeFax, Hell and others and is a fully multi platform application

    [ Hits: 16059 | Votes: 20 | Rating: 7.85 ]

  • Flrig - Flrig is a transceiver control program designed to be used either stand alone or as an adjunct to fldigi. It is able to control most popular amateur radio transceivers from ICOM Kenwood and Yaesu. Can share the control over a local area network or can be used as a common gateway to your radio for serveral concurrent applications. Works on Mac Linux and Windows

    [ Hits: 1962 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 8 ]

  • GcmWin for Linux - Great Circle Map for Linux, available for Debian, freeware by SM3GSJ

    [ Hits: 670 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • glfer - glfer is a program for reception and transmission of QRSS/DFCW signals. It is composed of two main parts: the spectrogram window, where you can see the spectrum of the received signal vs. time the transmission functions, to emit cw characters at a slow but precisely controlled speed, using the QRSS (slow CW) or DFCW (Dual Frequency CW) modes

    [ Hits: 1726 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • gMFSK - Linux free multimode HF terminal program. Despite the name, gMFSK can send and receive many digital conversational modes typically used by radio amateurs on HF. Supported modes are: MFSK (MFSK16 and MFSK8) RTTY THROB (1, 2 and 4 throbs/sec) PSK31 (BPSK and QPSK) PSK63 MT63 Feldhell

    [ Hits: 4145 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 9 ]

  • Gpredict - Gpredict is a satellite tracking program for Unix-like operating systems. In the begining (v. 0.1.x) Gpredict was just a GUI client to John Magliacane's excellent satellite tracking program, Predict, but due to performance problems it has been decided to include the tracking code directly into Gnome Predict (v. 0.2.0 and later).

    [ Hits: 3405 | Votes: 8 | Rating: 9.25 ]

  • GQRX - GQRX is a free and simple to use SDR receiver which runs on Linux and MacOS X. GQRX comes with a standard FFT spectrum and waterfall display and a number of common filter settings

    [ Hits: 915 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1 ]

  • Grig - Grig is a simple Ham Radio control (CAT) program based on the Ham Radio Control Libraries (Hamlib). It is intended to be highly generic presenting the user to the same graphical user interface regardless of which radio is being controlled.

    [ Hits: 1596 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • Grig Radio Control - Grig is a freeware simple Ham Radio control (CAT) program based on the Ham Radio Control Libraries (Hamlib). It is intended to be highly generic presenting the user to the same graphical user interface regardless of which radio is being controlled. Grig supports the most commonly used CAT commands that are implemented by Hamlib, and integrates well with other ham radio programs like Xlog and gMFSK. Grig has been developed on Linux, but has been ported on Mac and Windows OS.

    [ Hits: 24695 | Votes: 14 | Rating: 5.93 ]

  • Ham Fax - HamFax is an application for sending and receiving facsimiles in amateur radio and for receiving public facsimile broadcasts like weather maps. Supported interfaces are sound cards and the SCS-PTCII from Special Communication Systems.

    [ Hits: 5132 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 5.5 ]

  • Ham Radio on a Linux Workstation - How to Operate Ham Radio on a Linux Workstation

    [ Hits: 1416 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 6.6 ]

  • HELLoIP - CWirc Hellschreiber extension - HELLoIP, Hellschreiber-over-IP is a CWirc extension to do Hellschreiber over the internet, IRC Servers using gMFSK

    [ Hits: 457 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • IBP - Beacon Monitor - Linux program that helps one with monitoring the beacons of the International Beacon Project, by continuously showing which beacon is transmitting on which frequency, along with the distance and antenna directions by PA3FWM

    [ Hits: 1361 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 5.5 ]

  • Jack Audio  pop - Take the audio output of one piece of software and send it to another. JackAudio is a virtual audio software cable that run on Windows Linux and MacOS and if Free to download and to use.

    [ Hits: 37148 | Votes: 50 | Rating: 7.75 ]

  • jLog - jLog is a modern Freeware Ham Log program that can run on all major platforms, e.g. Mac OS X, Mac OS, Linux/Unix, Windows, etc. It offers a nice, clean interface and allows efficient entry of QSOs. Import or Export of data using the standardized ADIF 2 format is possible to easily exchange data with any other decent Log program. Built-in CW Keyer, CAT control for many popular, rigs, DX Cluster tracking, call lookups

    [ Hits: 12894 | Votes: 16 | Rating: 8.56 ]

  • JTDX - JTDX is a multimode software for amateur radio. Means JT & T modes for DXing, it is being developed with main focus on the sensitivity and decoding efficiency, both, in overcrowded and half empty HF band conditions. Support JT9, JT65, T10 and FT8 is released unde GNU licence, by UA3DJY and ES1JA. Run under Windows and Linux.

    [ Hits: 1324 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 9 ]

  • KC2IVL - FT100 for Linux - Yaesu FT-100 radio control software for linux

    [ Hits: 1769 | Votes: 28 | Rating: 3.96 ]

  • Kenwood TH-D7 - tkD7 - tkD7 is an expectk script for controlling the Kenwood TH-D7 HT on Linux or FreeBSD

    [ Hits: 1076 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 7.25 ]

  • LinLogBook - LinLogBook is an logbook for hamradio and it is based on an sql database. It can be widely configured by the user.

    [ Hits: 553 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • LinPac packet radio terminal - Linpac is an extensible Linux packet terminal that supports easy access to concurrent connections (streams), PBBS/FBB forwarding, and support for adding external commands

    [ Hits: 1653 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10 ]

  • LinPsk - Psk31 program for Linux, supports up to four simultaneous receive windows.

    [ Hits: 6012 | Votes: 6 | Rating: 7.83 ]

  • Linrad - An open source software defined receiver for Linux, Free DSP and Windows

    [ Hits: 5450 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 7.5 ]

  • Linrad - Multiplatoform freeware DSP software. Linrad has its origin in software that was developed for 144 MHz EME CW but it is quite general and should be seen more like a kit for designing a receiver that a receiver for some particular usage. It can be used as a CW receiver with a small time delay and a fast waterfall graph. A dsp for conventional receiver to imporve signals readability, a spectrum analyzer.

    [ Hits: 9681 | Votes: 16 | Rating: 8.01 ]

  • linsmith - A Linux Smith charting program. You can enter either discrete components or transmission lines, see the results on screen and/or generate Postscript output. Component values can be changed numerically or using scrollbar

    [ Hits: 456 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • linSmith - Smith chart utlity - A Smith charting program. You can enter either discrete components or transmission lines, see the results on screen and/or generate Postscript output. Component values can be changed numerically or using scrollbars.

    [ Hits: 1302 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • Linux and Amateur Radio - Presentation - A PDF presentation about Amateur Radio and Linux by By: Dave Mamanakis. A beginners guide to Linux for radio amateurs, this presentation cover basic concepts of the open source operative system, from the basic installation to the setup of ham radio programs.

    [ Hits: 839 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • LinuxLog - Simple logger for Linux based ham radio station, can run on most popular linux distributions, offers dx cluster connection, display of QRZ data and pictures, search function, search duplicates, award module.

    [ Hits: 248 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • mhuxd - Use microHam Keyers under Linux Daemon implementing the microHam keyer protocol. Provides virtual serial ports. Supports CW Keyer, DIGI KEYER I/II, micro KEYER I/II, MK2R(+), micro2R.

    [ Hits: 271 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 7.5 ]

  • MoonSked - Moon tracking for Mac Windows and Linux for EME by GM4JJJ

    [ Hits: 1577 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 8.67 ]

  • MSHV - MSHV is a free windows and linux multimode software that support weak signal digital modes like MSK144 MSKMS JTMS FSK441 FSK315 ISCAT JT6M FT8 FT4 JT65 PI4 amateur radio modes. MSHV features several interesting features including the Multi Answering Auto Seq Protocol, allowing multiple signal transmissions to be used during dx peditions.

    [ Hits: 763 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • [email protected] Monitor - A graphical add-on package to monitor [email protected] activity that may be running on multiple computers over a network or multiple instances on the same computer. Runs on Windows or Linux.

    [ Hits: 1140 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 6.25 ]

  • NBEMS - The Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) for Windows is a suite of software programs designed for point-to-point, fast, error-free, emergency messaging up to or over 100 miles distant, and takes up a very minimum of frequency space on the ham bands, leaving more space for other ham activites.

    [ Hits: 1226 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • OpenBCM - The BayCom-Mailbox is an amateur radio/citizen band AX.25 Bulletin Board System with AX.25 store and forward capabilities. The software is available for Linux, DOS and Win-NT. OpenBCM is opensource and freeware.

    [ Hits: 1369 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 5 ]

  • phpHamLog - Amateur radio open source log program written in PHP. Put your log online for visitors to browse in real time. Access your log from any web browse, can run under windows linux and macos with apache, mysql and php

    [ Hits: 1260 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1 ]

  • PyQSO - PyQSO is a Linux logging tool for amateur radio operators. It provides a simple graphical interface through which users can manage information about the contacts/QSOs they make with other operators on the air.

    [ Hits: 693 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1 ]

  • pythonProp - pythonProp is a collection of Python scripts designed to plot files produced by VOACAP. The package currently contains two scripts, both of which make use of the matplotlib library

    [ Hits: 679 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 9.5 ]

  • QAntenna - Freeware antenna analyzer for linux

    [ Hits: 2192 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 6 ]

  • Qgrid - Maidenhead grid squares calculator, and bearing and distance program

    [ Hits: 3094 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 7 ]

  • QRadioLink - QRadioLink is a Linux analog/digital SDR transceiver application with Codec2 digital voice mode support.

    [ Hits: 545 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 5.67 ]

  • QRQ CW trainer - qrq is an open source Morse telegraphy trainer which runs on several operating systems (Linux, Unix, OS X and Windows), similar to the classic DOS version of Rufz by DL4MM.

    [ Hits: 1445 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 1 ]

  • QSSTV for Linux - SSTV program for the Linux platform with several functions written by ON1MH Johan

    [ Hits: 8852 | Votes: 18 | Rating: 6.33 ]

  • Qucs - Quite Universal Circuit Simulator - Qucs, briefly for Quite Universal Circuit Simulator, is an integrated circuit simulator which means you are able to setup a circuit with a graphical user interface (GUI) and simulate the large-signal, small-signal and noise behaviour of the circuit. After that simulation has finished you can view the simulation results on a presentation page or window. Run on Linux.

    [ Hits: 1332 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 9 ]

  • Radio Explorer - Graphic viewer for shortwave broadcasting and programming schedules. Supports viewing schedules in an expanding table and on a 24-hour Gantt chart using the local time and the UTC time display modes. Runs on multiple platforms.

    [ Hits: 20207 | Votes: 61 | Rating: 7.86 ]

  • RoverLog - Free VHF/UHF/Microwave contest logging software for rovers and non-rovers - Runs under Linux, Windows, etc.

    [ Hits: 2609 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 7 ]

  • RSCW - RSCW is a Linux/Unix program for decoding morse signals using the computer's sound card. It has been written/optimized for digging weak signals out of the noise.

    [ Hits: 3597 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • RUMtrol746PRO - This program is used for the ICOM IC-746PRO, IC-7400.You can edit all the setting and write it to file for later use. Runs on Windows Linux and MacOSx

    [ Hits: 1157 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 1 ]

  • Satscape - Satscape is a freeware program for the PC Macintosh and Linux. It produces real-time displays of where any Satellite is, and predicts passes for your locale. There are about 8000+ satellites in orbit, a lot of these are just junk and debris such as discarded rocket bodies, but quite a few are working Satellites.

    [ Hits: 12323 | Votes: 20 | Rating: 5.75 ]

  • SCCW for Linux - Sound Card cw for linux

    [ Hits: 4930 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 5.5 ]

  • SCR-Log - Scr-log freeware logging program for mac, windows, linux and dos. designed for school, club, and individual class stations to use during school club roundup.

    [ Hits: 1422 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 10 ]

  • Shackbox - Complete hamradio linux livecd for amateur radio operator created by F0FAK

    [ Hits: 1386 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 9.33 ]

  • SignalGen - SignalGen is a free (GPL) Linux (Xwindows GUI-based) utility that generates relatively low frequency signals with the use of a PC sound card. It is an entirely suitable replacement for a hardware signal generator if one doesn't require signals of a frequency higher than about 50 KHz. SignalGen creates any frequency between a fraction of one Hertz and an upper limit determined by your sound card's capabilities.

    [ Hits: 1753 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10 ]

  • SlowRX - slowrx is a Linux shortwave listener tool for receiving SSTV using a sound card by OH2EIQ.

    [ Hits: 742 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10 ]

  • Smith chart calculator - linSmith is a Smith Charting program, mainly designed for educational use. It allows defining multiple load impedances (different frequencies), and adding components (discrete components and line sections) in series and parallel. It plots the impedances on the screen, shows the values in table format, and is able to generate publication quality Postscript output.

    [ Hits: 4045 | Votes: 28 | Rating: 3.92 ]

  • Spek - Spek helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram. Spek supports all popular lossy and lossless audio file formats. Spek is free software available for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X.

    [ Hits: 2010 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • SvxLink - Echo Link client for Linux and general purpose voice services system for ham radio use. The svxlink server consists of a core that handles the connection to the tranceiver. The core can be configured to act as a repeater controller or to operate on a simplex channel

    [ Hits: 3235 | Votes: 5 | Rating: 7.8 ]

  • TH-D7 perl module - Perl module providing control to a Kenwood TH-D7 radio via serial port

    [ Hits: 586 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • TK5 for IC-R5 - Open source software designed for the ICOM IC-R5 receiver. Linux, MacOS X and Windows

    [ Hits: 1103 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 4.67 ]

  • TLF Contest Log - A GPL console mode (ip-) networked logging and contest program for hamradio under LINUX

    [ Hits: 1364 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 10 ]

  • Trusted QSL - Open source libraries and utilities to support using digital signatures for Amateur radio QSL system information like eqsl and lotw. Available for windows macos e linux.

    [ Hits: 2404 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 10 ]

  • ViPEC Network Analyzer - This program intended for electronic circuit analysis (mainly for Linux). ViPEC is a powerful tool for the analysis of high frequency, linear electrical networks.

    [ Hits: 1115 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • Visual Moon Tracking - Java moon tracking software runs on LINUX, Win 98, Win NT, UNIX, OSF, MacOSX

    [ Hits: 9516 | Votes: 42 | Rating: 5.95 ]

  • VOACAP for Linux - Port of the popular VOACAP program, HF propagation prediction tool. It may be compiled using the GCC GFortran compiler

    [ Hits: 582 | Votes: 2 | Rating: 5.5 ]

  • Vsound - Vsound is a Linux software which allows you to digitally record the output of another program. The recorded output can be saved to a WAV file or can be transferred into another software. It's basically an audio transfer cable software.

    [ Hits: 2514 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 6.72 ]

  • W3DHJ - lunix utilities for Radio Amateurs - A small collection of bash scripts for pulling QTH info, grid square info, propagation charts, and monitoring prop logger postings.

    [ Hits: 555 | Votes: 4 | Rating: 9.5 ]

  • Winkeyer USB server - Server allowing operation of the Winkey USB by K1EL with any Linux program with UDP keyer capability.

    [ Hits: 448 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • Wireless Field Day Log Program - A reliable logging system for Field Day based on wireless networking. Freeware, runs on macintosh, linux and windows

    [ Hits: 1978 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 10 ]

  • WsprDaemon - WsprDaemon is a robust application for Linux systems that decodes Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) signals, operates with networked KiwiSDRs, Includes baseband audio input option, provides a reliable reporting function to the wsprnet.org database

    [ Hits: 67 | Votes: 0 | Rating: 0 ]

  • X-APRS - APRS for Linux is a multifaceted system for use with packet radio by Hams, it allows the monitoring of real time geographical information such as the position of vehicles, the status of weather, radio direction finding and much much more. It envolves mapping, GPS tracking, packet radio, etc

    [ Hits: 16343 | Votes: 30 | Rating: 4.11 ]

  • XASTIR - Xastir is program for receiving and plotting APRS position packets. Development is a collaborative effort of programmers and amateur radio enthusiasts from around the world. Xastir supports many map formats and is highly customizable. Xastir runs on Windows/MacOSX/Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris/Lindows. It supports 125 map formats, several types of TNC's and weather stations, Festival speech synthesizer, AX.25 networking (Soundmodem/Baycom/SCC!) and seven languages!.

    [ Hits: 18679 | Votes: 28 | Rating: 6.21 ]

  • xoscope for Linux - xoscope (or oscope) is a digital oscilloscope for Linux

    [ Hits: 931 | Votes: 1 | Rating: 2 ]

  • XPR for Linux - Simple program for ham radio Uses AX25 support built in Linux kernel, works in X11 graphics environment.

    [ Hits: 2244 | Votes: 7 | Rating: 4.85 ]

  • Yagi-logper - Yagi-logper is a linux GPL program to model a Yagi or Log-periodic antennas with horizontal cylindrical dipoles.

    [ Hits: 1604 | Votes: 3 | Rating: 7 ]

  • Sours: https://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Linux/

    Mint linux ham radio

    Linux in the Ham Shack

    Russ - K5TUXRuss (K5TUX)
    Russ was first licensed in 1992 with call sign N1UYE. He eventually chose K5TUX to promote amateur radio and Free Software. He is on Echolink (54711), often on the 3905CCN nets, and usually works 80m SSB and 15m FT8. His 9-5 is systems administrator for an ISP providing service using the Free Software philosophy and Linux. Other interests include YouTube, poker, hats, indie music, audio engineering, travel and motorcycles.Cheryl - YLCheryl (W5MOO)
    Cheryl is Russ's significant other and the light of his life. She brings the power of Google, an unbridled enthusiasm and Cheryl's Recipe Corner (winner of the Audience Choice Awards Best Segment award) to the program. She also emcees the Social Media Roundup and can read news articles just as poorly as Russ and Bill. She's definitely a keeper.Bill - NE4RDBill (NE4RD)
    Bill, our latest victim addition, is originally from Naples, FL where he was licensed in 1994 as KE4RGH. He changed his callsign to NE4RD in 2009 and is currently living in Billings, Montana, where he is active on the HF Bands with the Big Sky Contesters Club and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. When not on the air he's working, hiking, skiing, soaking in the hot tub and just being a nerd.Rich - KD0RGRich (K0EB, on Hiatus)
    Rich, the most recent member of our Co-host Hiatus Program, is from snowy Colorado. He is a longtime truck driver, ham radio operator and all around funny guy. He is the co-host of the former Low SWR podcast and joined the LHS crew to bring some knowledge and voice characters to the show.Pete - VE2XPLPete (VE2XPL, on Hiatus)
    Pete was born in 1964 and licensed in 1995. He lives in suburban Montreal, Quebec, Canada with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. He works at the Children's Hospital in his home town as a multimedia specialist. As a ham, he enjoys home-brewing, QRP, digital modes and good ol' rag-chewing. When he's not on the air, he enjoys photography, music, canine search and rescue and lots of other outdoorsy activities.Richard - KB5JBVRichard (KB5JBV, on Hiatus)
    Richard has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He is currently an Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, and VE Technical Specialist for the ARRL in the North Texas section. He is also an ARES AEC and RACES assistant radio officer for the city of Mesquite.GnormanGnorman (on Flowers)
    The shortest member of the LHS team, fresh from his previous home in the English countryside. He has been hired to be an assistant on the technical staff at Studio 1S. He is Richard's technical advisor and spiritual guru, as well as chief horticulturalist and night watchman. His hobbies include firearms, drinking, fighting and flower arranging.
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