Amateur Radio Software For Linux

Last Updated on

11-19-18
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Mike – KA7PLE

  • Amateur Radio Specific Software

    • Free software or open source

    • Commercial Software

    • Homebrew Software

  • Types of Software

    • Packet

      • VHF UHF and HF

    • APRS

      • Hand helds, mobile radios

      • Single board computers, laptops,

      • Online tracking

    • Digital

      • PSK31, FT8, Olivia, RTTY, Etc

    • Antenna

      • Modeling and design

    • Electronics

      • Design, testing, calculators

    • CW

      • Decode, send, training

    • Rig Control

      • self explanatory

    • Propagation

      • Forecasting, Etc

    • Satellite

      • Tracking, antenna control, info

    • Call Sign Database

      • Online is best, CD-ROM’s

    • Logging

      • self explanatory

  • Digital Modes

    • Fldigi

    • WSJTX (Cross Platform)

    • TWPSK

  • Packet Radio

    • AX.25

    • Dire Wolf

  • Rig Control

    • Fldigi

    • Hamlib (libraries used by many software packages)

    • Brand Specific Software (most are written for Windows)

  • SDR

    • GNUradio

  • Logging

    • CQRLOG

    • Xlog

    • Twlog

  • Satellite Tracking

    • Gpredict

    • Ktrack

    • Mtrack

  • APRS

    • APRStracker

    • APRSdigi

    • Dire Wolf

  • CW Trainer

    • CW training

    • CW decoding

    • CW sending via Keyboard

  • Ham Radio Testing

    • Online

    • Stand alone software may not be updated

  • Ham Specific Distros

    • Harvey’s Hamshack

    • Andy’s Ham radio linux

    • Debian Ham Radio

  • Utility

    • Propagation

    • Antenna Modeling

    • Electronics designs

    • Testing software (Spectrum. Analyzer, Oscilloscope Etc,)

  • Resources and Links

    • radio.linux.org.au (large list of software)

    • dxzone.com (Some applications are Pay-to-Play

    • hamwaves.com

    • wikipedia.org (mostly information and links to software repositories)

    • internet search engine.

  • Software mentioned on the net

    • CW

      • XCWCP (GUI interface)

      • Morse (command line)

      • Morse Machine (GUI interface. Powerful and recommended by our members)

    • Winlink

      • QTEL (cross platform application)

  • Other comments

    • Running software written in C# or for .Net won’t run well if at all under Wine

    • Interfacing your radio through USB ports to Wine does not work well either. Many driver issues with this method.

    • CHIRP was mentioned. It has a large list of supported radios, but caution must be used. Memory channels can be corrupted. Also on some radio models, the full access to the radio features may not be available.


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