Sunday, May 18, 2014

Updated Ham Radio Software Programs For Linux Operating Systems

CQRlog
CQRL Log Program
  CQRL Log 1.7.4 has come out with some new updates etc...  For example F keys to CW type window added and address to RBN server can be changed in Preferences. You now have full date  supported in membership files, so it's not just the year and the month. When you have a successful upload you can close the status of log upload window. Things have been moved to new LoTW url and updated upload routines as well. You can also edit the band button description where the preference is TRX control to change the default frequencies. This newest version can be downloaded at http://www.cqrlog.com/download . If you are just a casual user it may be a little over the top. I would advise to download it and check it out to see if it's for your current situation. CQRLOG will install on Linux Ubuntu 12.04 as well as Linux Debian Unsupported and Linux Ubuntu Unsupported. CQRLOG will also install on Linux Mint and Linux Fedora. It may install in other Linux Operating Systems as well. I would just look for install instructions.


Example Of Shackbox

Shackbox is another full featured Ham Radio software package that you can download. It looks like they came out with a new beta version CR 0.105 , which can be downloaded at their website. It basically is an iso file you can download and burn to a cd to create a live cd you can boot off of. The website address is http://shackbox.net/downloads/ . They do indicate that there are more than 150 Apps for the Ham Radio Operator. The only charge is for membership support. This program is mainly made for the Linux Ubuntu Operating System.


Another very nice open source program that has many options is KB1OIQ Andy's Ham Radio Linux. Being that is is open source it is absolutely free. It can be downloaded at http://sourceforge.net/projects/kb1oiq-andysham/ or directly from http://kb1oiq-andysham.sourceforge.net/ . There are 32bit and 64bit versions available. Some of the programs included are  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, Micro-Fox 15 Config, and a TinyTrak3 . It also has a smith chart capability. The nice thing is that you can change things within the program or add to it if you like.
  If you are looking for various different kinds of software I would go to DX Zone at http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Linux/ . They have a wide variety of programs for Ham Radio programs for Linux. Here is an interesting website for Linux Ham radio http://www.linuxjournal.com/ham . 
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s.

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