Andy's Ham Radio Linux ================================ RELEASENOTES version 14 MD5: 35b9ebdc65fc8b9d1ba067ee5c5411b6 ================================ My goal in creating this DVD was to allow the user to have an easier way to get started with a Linux computer and an amateur radio. There is still a lot for the user to do However, I have complete confidence in your ability to learn what you may not yet know how to do. After all, you're a licensed amateur radio operator
If you are the type of person who can install a tube into your rig with no further direction, or perhaps a circuit board in your computer, then this DVD may be for you. However, if you need to be told to get the screwdriver and remove the screws first, with pictures and text, you may be disappointed.
This DVD is based on Ubuntu 12.04 and is a Remix DVD. This means that the selection of software packages is not the same as the standard Ubuntu 12.04. The vast majority of the programs on this DVD came directly from the Ubuntu repository. A few programs were installed either directly from source, or installed as a precompiled binary. To the best of my knowledge, there is no proprietary software on this DVD. If you find any proprietary software on this DVD, please send me email.
Based on the assumptions above, software was selected for its usefulness to amateur radio, as well as being considerate of the relatively limited memory, reduced CPU horsepower, and possibly reduced disk space of an older computer. Lightweight software need not be primitive in either function or appearance My old Sony VAIO laptop, with 256MB of memory and a 1GHz processor, is the standard which was used.
The included amateur radio software is shown:
aa-analyzer.pl - command line program used with RigExpert AA-xxx analyzers ax25 - software for AX.25 packet radio chirp - used to program frequencies into HTs (chirpw) cqrlog - a full featured QSO logging program cwwav - command line program to convert text files to CW wav or mp3 direwolf - soundcard TNC for APRS earthtrack - used with predict and xplanet to display satellites freedv - SSB low bit rate digital voice flamp - NBEMS program for Amateur Multicast Protocol (AMP) fldigi - digital modes such as PSK31 (NBEMS) flmsg - companion to fldigi, a simple forms management editor for standard message formats (NBEMS) fllog - to provide a common log across networked computers flrig - rig control flwkey - modem program for the K1EL Winkeyer series flwrap - companion to fldigi, file encapsulation / compression Fl Moxgen - Moxon Rectangle antenna design program gerbv - view Gerber files glfer - QRSS (slow CW) or DFCW (Dual Frequency CW) modes GNU Radio - GNU software defined radio gpredict - satellite tracking gqrx - software defined radio receiver grig - rig control software gspiceui - GUI interface for spice gwave - analog waveform viewer (e.g. spice output) hamlib - radio control library ibp - HF beacons linamc - packet radio ax.25 mail client mfcgpl - Micro-Fox 15 configuration GUI net - a net control logging program by W1HKJ owx - Open Wouxun, command line programs for Wouxun HTs pcb - interactive printed circuit board editor predict - predict orbits of satellites (used with earthtrack) quisk - software defined radio receiver qrq - CW callsign practice qsstv - SSTV (slow scan TV) qtel - Echolink client soundmodem - user mode driver for packet radio (useful with xastir) splat - command line HF propagation prediction sunclock - track day/night line on Earth svxlink - Echolink server TQSL - used with ARRL Logbook of the World TQSL Cert - used with ARRL Logbook of the World voacapl - VOACAP for Linux - propagation prediction wsjt - weak signal communication wsjt-x - weak signal communication - JT9 and JT65 xastir - APRS mapping xcwcp - CW code practice xdx - DX cluster TCP/IP client xlog - simpler QSO logging program xnec2c - antenna modeling software xplanet - used by earthtrack and predict to track satellites xwxapt - display APT images from weather satellites