Welcome to the Ham Shack!

It all began with a simple blog post, trying to gage the level of interest in articles about Open Source Software supporting the Amateur Radio community. Well, actually, it started with a conversation in the #linuxjournal IRC room, which became a blog, and a flood of email, in a good way, and then, well, the January 2010 Linux Journal focusing on Amateur Radio and Open Source and then to this, our own little Ham Shack here at the Linux Journal. And while I do not think we will be having an antenna party anytime soon, I look forward to what should be an interesting exchange of ideas, knowledge, tips, tricks and traps on everything that the Open Source Communities of software, hardware and Amateur Radio have to offer.

So welcome! Do not be shy and let us see where this will take us. Because, When all else fails...

New to Ham Radio? Never been easier!

N9QQB's picture

Hari:

It's never been easier to get involved in Amateur Radio. All requirements for Morse Code proficiency were removed several years ago, so the entry-level exam for the Technician Class license is a multiple choice test.

What's more, the test and the correct answers (along with some reasons why they're correct, usually) is freely downloadable from a variety of sources. You can get study guides in printed, audio, and pc program form, and probably in several other formats as well.

Any semi-technical person should have no problems studying for, and passing, the test. Most non-technical types should be able to do it too, just ask N9YKB (my wife) who is pretty non-technical.

I'll end with this: Linux as a hobby got me an interview, and Amateur Radio helped me clinch the job, so I'm now working in an environment that is mostly open-source and uses 4 or 5 different Linus distros, all day, every day. Thank you Ham Radio, and Linus Torvalds too!

hey all~ i'm brand new to

ubuntujason's picture

hey all~
i'm brand new to this site, well sort of. i heard about it in late december when a google alert for amature radio popped up telling me all about the january edition dedicated to ham radio!

i'm disabled (hence the horrid typing) and i've been a ham for 2 years now (just upgraded to general class!)
i'm a huge ubuntu fan, i've been using ubuntu since the dapper days! so for me, linux and ham radio was a no brainer. its what i started out using...

for logging: klog (xlog if i want a cabrillo format file to turn in for contests, but i rarely do)

digital communications: fldigi

slow scan tv: qsstv

look up a call sign: callgit

weak signal: wsjt

satellite tracking: gnome predict

so i really don't see how linux isn't ham radio friendly (i've had loads of people tell me that) they say well in windows u can use ham radio delux (granted it'd be nice for a full suite like that in linux but fact is you can still get all the functionality [although radio control seems hit or miss....but it may be my old radio and homemade cable ])

i look forward to readin loads on this site and contributing!
73 and vaya con Dios!
~j

Shackbox

David Lane's picture

I hope to find some time and a machine to put a distro called Shackbox through its paces and report out what it can and cannot do in terms of being dedicated to Amateur Radio.

There is a lot of software out there, so don't give up, and we will keep moving this train forward!

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

David~ 'shackbox' huh? well

ubuntujason's picture

David~
'shackbox' huh? well i'll have to go check that one out! i had some ham buddies over today and showed off what ubuntu can do for them...may have got one to start at least thinkin' about linux vs. windows virtues :P

thanks for the encouragment!
73
~j

Open Source is More than Linux

Gregg Wonderly's picture

I'm now using Linux, Solaris, Windows and MacOS-X, regularly, and would really like to see more focus on the use of opensource platforms that are portable between OSes. I've started a new project to make use of the netbeans application platform to try and get all the things that I've done over the years into a platform that is truely portable between OSes such that I don't have to "rebuild", "repackage" or otherwise "redo" anything to use the same thing everywhere I go. It's at http://code.google.com/p/hamdesk/. I've got my Javecho (http://javecho.dev.java.net) running on it, and I'm working on a "logging" SPI for recording and extracting logs.

I'll also be putting my APRS library (http://jeaprs.dev.java.net) into the mix. As the interest in Android for amateur radio expands, I'm interested in working on getting the HAM community focused on doing more work together to create truly useful and portable software systems that allow us to all focus on using stuff instead of everyone solving the same problems over and over as well as creating incompatible systems that fight with each other.

Hope some people will join in to work on these things together.

Java

David Lane's picture

A long time ago, in a galaxy kind of close to this one, I attended a Java presentation. It was day 500, and this guy named McNealy came out and gave a presentation. One thing that will always stick with me was his comment about Java. He said we want it to work so well, even the bugs will be cross platform compatible.

The room broke into laughter, but his point was quite serious. Even today, Java, despite its flaws, is still one of the few systems that is cross platform compatible, for most of the things it can do.

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Quick intro

HF_Penguin's picture

Greetings everyone! I haven't played with Linux in years since I took down my in-house web server. However, I've been toying with the idea and finally jumped back in. I loaded Xubuntu 9.10 on my laptop last week and the first thing I did was start downloading radio-related software. I'm excited to see this topic in the latest issue and was thrilled when I spotted this forum while checking out the website. I might have to subscribe now. :-)

I'm very heavily involved in Amateur Radio. I serve as an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for ARES and I'm the VP of one of our local clubs. I'm also an instructor and Volunteer Examiner. I try to do everything I can to promote the hobby and really look forward to using the two together. I know I have at least one hurdle to conquer before using Linux in the classroom but I'm sure I'll figure something out.

I seldom use my mic as I do the digital modes almost exclusively. I've also been playing with APRS and I'm working on my second TinyTrak with plans in store for a third as I refine my builds. I'm a software developer by trade and I'm looking forward to digging in to some of the software like fldigi to make it my own. I'd also like to develop some new apps to meet some needs I have. I really think Linux might be a great way to get some more of the kids involved with our youth program. We have several new hams under the age of 15 and hope to add more in the new year.

I'll be going back to re-read the posts here and I'll be checking out the various links while I'm on vacation. If anyone's bored feel free to check out my humble little blog.

Cary/N4CDB

Ham Radio

Jim Douglass's picture

Cary,
I have been following along on linux for many years now. I just can not get my business switched over to linux. accounting software we use, and love, does not now or have any plans to support anything other than the latest version of Windows.
I was a Linpsire insider until they went away. I downloaded the latest pcLinuxos a few weeks ago and have been trying that out also.
I use N3FJP ACLOG and their associated programs, HRD DM780 psk, and N1MM logger for contests. Linux has a way to go to displace these programs but I always am looking!
73 ~
Jim ACØE
ARRL life member

Jim, I found that DM-780

HF_Penguin's picture

Jim,

I found that DM-780 runs under WINE but HRD doesn't. I'm assuming the logging portion works but I haven't tried it yet. I'm half tempted to load up the unopened box of Kylix 2 Enterprise I have to write something myself. I've been less than impressed with many of the radio-related programs I've looked at so far.

Link to my website

Mike K6EEP's picture

I thought this showed up in my postings. Apparently not. So here it is.
http://hamsoftware.org

Finally!

Skyler's picture

Sadly I haven't kept up my subscription to LJ... this single issue might just change that. 73s de KI6AMD

P.S. Any Maemo users interested in PSK/APRS/etc from the N900? I'm trying to start a project for the N900 to be an ultimate communications platform (with the addition of an HT of course).

How were you exactly

Anonymous's picture

How were you exactly intending to do APRS on the n900? does it have an audio in: I thought it didn't, or am I wrong?

HAM's and Emergancy Communication

David Smith KE5DEV's picture

This article speaks very loudly to my heart. I have been licensed since 2004, and have been working with RF/AF for almost 20 years. I'm in the Coast Guard Auxiliary In New Orleans, and believe me when I say....When all else fails.

I'm a professional software engineer, and would LOVE to work on some of these open source projects. I too have a few interesting ones, one of them is a control head for any CAT compatible radio, that uses an ATMega 328P, a Nokia screen, and a few rotary encoders on a board roughly 3x2 inches. All open source, but I haven't put it "up" yet. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I might find the most applicable repository? SourceForge?

73's

Dave KE5DEV

Nice Article and glad to see Volunteer (HAM) Radio in Linux!

Corey N0TZ's picture

Was glad to read the article and enjoyed the content and the future possibilities...

73,
Corey aka N0TZ
American Radio Relay League - Current Member - www.arrl.org

Nice article.

darryl's picture

It's good to see Amateur Radio and Open Source working together, Amateur operators are interested in all things technical and novel. The mix of linux and AR is a good one.

And there is a huge amount of applications that can be applied to AR and the integration with computers, (who would think computers and communications would work well together !!).

Think about networks of distributed HF receivers, GPS for time syncing, and computers for calculation, and you have a lightning detection and location system !!

Open hardware, with open software with technically inclinded people will create great things, as you mentions we have alot of great technology due to Amateur Radio, and the vast amount of different aspects of the hobby means you can scratch almost any itch you have.

So keep up the good work, LJ will make some nice Chrissy reading.

Darryl

ex VK2VZY, VK1KDF, VK1DF.

This is sweet!

Bill - KC9MTP's picture

I've been involved in radio for about 15 years and ham radio for about 2. I just set up my box for dual boot openSUSE/XP about two weeks ago and couldn't be happier to see this magazine hit the stands rite now. I've been slowly trying to make sure I would be able to do everything I normally do in Linux, but was kind of worried about all my digital mode stuff I just started playing with. Looks like there will be some support for me to do a full switch in a timely fashion. This will help a lot to get more and better ham software out there and I hope it brings more hams to Linux and more Linux users into ham. The more the better for both parties.

73,

Bill - KC9MTP

Linux based infrastructure

Tony Langdon VK3JED's picture

I've been using Linux around ham radio for many years, mostly on the infrastructure side. I started out playing with packet and APRS around 2000, then IRLP in 2001. Since then, I've been fairly well involved with IRLP, Echolink, and related Linux based projects, such as EchoIRLP, which in turn makes heavy use of thebridge open source conference server by Skip WB6YMH.

I've found Linux to be the best solution for infrastructure building applications. It's stable and versatile, and much of what's available is open source, or uses well documented protocols. Also, shell scripting is heavily used, which is another avenue to add functionality. While I still have a lot of Windows on the desktop, behind the scenes it's all Linux, both in the shack, and out on several virtual servers in data centres around the world.

KLog for logging

EA4TV's picture

Hello,

thanks for speaking about ham radio in Linux!
Just for information, I am developing KLog, a KDE application for logging QSO.

Now we are working in the Qt4 migration and I hope we will be able to release a new version of KLog.
You can get the app from the most important distributions or directly from the web of KLog: http://jaime.robles.es/klog .

Great addition to the magazine!

alauchlan's picture

This is a great addition to the magazine site, hopefully there will be enough input to sustain at least an occasional column in the magazine.

I have been anchored to windows due to my ham applications, so hopefully this will help me to raise the anchor and move entirely over to the linux side.

I am interested in a logging app, currently I have been experimenting with psk31 and mfsk16 digital modes, using pocketdigi, a windows app, but it runs fine under WINE on my debian netbook. Fldigi would be a vast improvement in utility.

Ive used spreadsheets for logging so far, they have served for the simple logging I have needed to date, but I'm interested in what is available.

The other main use I have, which I currently have to keep an old laptop in the shack running XP for, is for Winlink 2000 access, using an SCS modem. Unfortunately the modem is proprietary, along with the windows drivers to interface with it. Airmail, a free program that runs under windows, (and wine, but not 'quite right' yet) provides access, since the modem is still on windows for me, I haven't done much about pushing it over to my linux box.

Hopefully this forum and the magazine will provide a focus and push, that will help me to go all the way, which is my goal.

Allan KB6CWO

I just got my issue... what

Rob W4BSD's picture

I just got my issue... what a surprise to see ham radio!! This is by far my most exciting issue of LJ! THanks and let's keep 'em coming!!

73's
W4BSD

Open source and QST

WA2MZE's picture

One thing that bugs me, and I've written to the league about this, are QST articles that make use of computers where the source code is NOT available. Many new construction projects involve a micro controller chip such as an AVR or PIC. The author sometimes will post a hex file containing the firmware or will sell a pre-programmed chip, but many times the source code for the chip is NOT posted on line (I don't expect it to appear print in QST). Also some projects involve PC software and again the a windows exe file is sometimes available for download (or purchase!) but rarely the source code. (If the windows source were available it could be ported to Linux!)

I would like to see it be league policy that for an article to be accepted to appear in QST, if software (of ANY KIND) is involved the source code MUST be available! Publishing an article involving software without the source is like a construction article without the schematic!

Probably not going to happen

Anonymous's picture

It seems to me that the ARRL is a publishing company that is thinly disguised as a non-profit amateur radio organization.

If you look back, they used to have technical articles in QST. Then they started another periodical, QEX, where you have to pay additional to read the types of articles that used to be in QST.

Is their emergency communications training on line? No, you have to buy the printed books for their most-critical, potentially life-saving training! Even FEMA has on line training, at no extra charge.

In my opinion, they seem more preoccupied with printing, Morse Code, and arguing over what counts as a country than distributing experimental technology.

What really worries me is

DB7ZK's picture

What really worries me is the noreflective promotion of D-Star mode with the AMBE vocoder. It highly depends on trade secret and intellectual property protection and can not possibly represent a viable future for Amateur Radio. Our highly experimental service needs the basic freedom to use, understand and improve our technology. Fortunately VK5DGR accepted the challenge to develop an open source vocoder based on his PhD Thesis.
Please read his website and support this ambitious project.

UI-View

David Lane's picture

A while back (and you can search my blog for it) I wrote about UI-View and the fact that the source code had been essentially destroyed at the author's request upon his death. One of the problems now, is that new features, like integration with other mapping software systems or even Google Maps is almost impossible, much less what will be a huge effort making the code "portable" to other (read Windows 7) operating systems.

When you write code for one OS and destroy the source, you have essentially doomed the software to a life tied to that OS. As most of us have seen, hardware and operating systems move forward. As anyone in Open Source can tell you, you get the benefit of being able to keep the program alive. You also gain another benefit, that of the "I am tired of dealing with this - you do it" syndrome that many small software projects fall into. UI-View may have suffered from that (I don't know the history well enough but someone will tell me). Since the code is destroyed, one of the better APRS packages is doomed to obsolesence. Of course that makes adopting something like Xaster all that more appealing (and we happen to cover Xastir in the January issue!).

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Good comment! I agree that

waparmley's picture

Good comment! I agree that we should encourage the League to put a greater emphasis on open source.

Last year I submitted an article for publication. The author's guidelines say that they accept articles in many different formats so, of course, I submitted in open document format. Back came the reply that they couldn't read the file. I used Open Office to convert it to .doc, but I thought it was strange for a major, high-tech organization to not know what to do with odf, especially since Steve Ford has written many short articles about Linux ham radio software.

Anyway, I'm sure there is support for open source at League HQ, maybe we just need to make a little more noise about the subject.

73 de KR8L

Bravo

billgrz's picture

Thanks for the amateur radio content in Linux Journal! Amateur radio and Linux have much in common, and perhaps these articles will inspire people in both areas to explore the other.

I hope this will be a frequent topic in future issues.

Best regards,

-Bill, KA9WKA

Ham software on Linux

Mike K6EEP's picture

I write several Ham radio programs for Linux. I am actively developing more. I cooperate with other Hams worldwide who also write Ham software. I have programs for Callsign lookups, Elecraft K2 rig control, Morse code keyer interface, Cabrillo log file header checker. Another program I am working on is a MySQL based logbook.

Check out my website. You can easily build these programs by running qmake and then make. My newer programs are all Qt 4 based.

73,
Mike K6EEP

If you post it ...

David Lane's picture

Thanks Mike and I second the comment. If you want us to know about it, tell us where to find it!

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Where's your web site?

Mike AB9AX/4's picture

Hi Mike,

Did I miss something, or is there no link info in your post? Maybe I'll Google your callsign instead...?

Thanks and 73,

Mike AB9AX (living in /4)

Linux & Ham Radio

Kent ve4keh's picture

I look forward to seeing Amateur Radio content on Linux Journal. Not to take away from David's efforts here, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce an entertaining resource called Linux in the Ham Shack (http://blacksparrowmedia.com/lhs/). Russ and Richard, the co-hosts, often open the podcast up to live listeners.

Although I already have Linux Journal bookmarked in my browser, I'll be sure to look specifically for David's articles.

Kent ve4keh

Linux In the HamShack

David Lane's picture

Thanks for that - if you scroll down you will note they are one of my resources, but it is getting crowded here already).

I am subscribed to the podcast and am backed up on listening - I hope to do more of that this weekend after I finish playing with my D-Star gateway.

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Linux In the HamShack

Ed,   ka4vmp's picture

Great article about Amateur Radio and Linux.

I have been using Linux in the Ham Shack since mid 2006. I was impressed on how fast it was to install. The first "distro" I installed was Ubuntu 6.06. It only took 20mins. I used to use UI-View for APRS on Windows. Now I use Xastir. The other Linux Amateur radio apps I use are Gpredict & Xlog just to list a few.
The best thing I like about using Linux is that you can still get use out of older computer hardware as long as it has enough RAM. I have an older Dell desktop with a 233mhz Pentium II CPU that I installed FreeNAS on it. I checked it today and it had been running for 88days without needing to be rebooted. I also have an older Acer Travelmate 200DX laptop that was given to me that was running Windows 98 second edition. I tried to upgrade it to Windows 2000 Pro. It did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 2000! I was able to install Mandrivia Linux 2009 on it. Even the sound card works.

73'S
Ed, ka4vmp

Linux and ham radio

Julian, G4ILO's picture

I don't think I've seen Linux Journal here in the UK so I'll probably miss your issue. However I have to say that all the computers in our house run Linux *except* the one in my ham shack. I did try Linux in the shack, but in the end I gave up.

The reason was nothing to do with Linux itself, but with Linux ham radio applications - or rather the lack of them. Put simply, Windows has nearly all the best stuff. Ham hardware like my RigExpert only has drivers for Windows, as is the software to control my antenna analyzer from my PC.

There are some decent loggers for Linux, one of the best digital mode programs (Fldigi) and the best APRS software (Xastir). But this is a hobby, and a lot of the fun is trying out new stuff, which is nearly always for Windows. In the end, I got frustrated with not being able to try stuff I'd read about.

I'd love one day to switch back to Linux in my ham shack. But until more ham software developers make programs for Linux, I don't see that happening.

Newer @ Linux than I am @ Ham Radio

Mike  WN5PMR's picture

Have not read LJ in quite a while, but given an issue greatly tied into ham radio this looks like a good issue to check out. Have fallen out of my Linux use over the last year and a half. Normally use Kubuntu on various computers. Need to get my head back in the game and employ some penguins around the shack.

Mike

What do Linux & OSS offer ham radio?

Martin Ewing's picture

How to explain to a non-computer-geek ham what Open Source Software and Linux are all about? OSS and Linux are important to software users the same way a good repair manual and schematics are important to hams. Not every ham knows what to do with schematics, but those who are inclined to open up, understand, repair, and modify their equipment certainly do. Without being able to see what's inside and what connects to what, there is very little you can do. That's exactly why you need to be able to access and work with source code when it comes to software.

Probably these issues will directly affect relatively few hams. Many are "appliance operators" when it comes to software, just as for hardware. For them, a proprietary OS may be a good choice because of its familiarity and the huge choice of available software.

We can admire the dedicated hams who build their own stations and who are on the cutting edge of new hardware technologies. It's the same with software. With software becoming increasingly central to amateur radio (in SDR, digimodes, etc.), competence in coding is getting to be just as important as operating a soldering iron.

While you can roll your own software from scratch, it can be far more efficient (and as we like it, cheaper!) to build your code in the OSS "ecosystem", making use of many libraries and tools that are free for the download. OSS really pays off when you give the fruits of your labor back to the community to spur further development.

A few open source thoughts!

Martin
AA6E

Linux and Amateur radio

Jeff, KA1DBE's picture

Looking forward to the january issue. I have a 100% linux hamshack (whole house actually) and can always use more tips and tricks. Most ham/linux articles involve the use of Wine. I hope you will move away from that and cover native apps. Thanks for a great magazine.

73's
Jeff

No Wine here

David Lane's picture

Unless you count the mimosa sitting next to my machine, there is no WINE here, we are going 100% Linux. Glad to have you with us!

Happy Thanksgiving!

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Linux and Ham Radio

Bill Anderson's picture

I started ham radio in 1957. After Vietnam, I dropped out for a few years, and then came back and have an extra class license. I started working as a UNIX developer in 1978 and have been using Linux since Caldera. I now run eight distros of Linux scattered across three laptops and one desktop. I teach courses on ther Linux kernel, Linux system administration, and programming. My biggest concern is the lack of compliance with portability standards, which makes migration of ham radio software to different distros difficult and spotty.

Bill Anderson
WW7BA

Tell the developers!

David Lane's picture

One thing that we here at the Journal had hoped for would be to get the developers interested in working together and you comments are right on the mark for what we are looking for in terms of "where can we improve."

It is no surprise that I have commented in several places about Linux on laptops. If we get the comments, we can hopefully start seeing the improvements.

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Looking forward to more

waparmley's picture

Looking forward to more activity on this topic! I've been involved with Amateur Radio for a few decades (yikes!) and with Linux for a couple of years. They are a great match.

73 to all from KR8L/9!

Linux, Flex Radio and more

David Wilson KU4B's picture

Hello David,

You just supplied a good reason for me to buy a copy of LJ. I had a subscription for years, but let it lapse.

I have been unofficially working on some of the driver issues for the
Flex Radio effort. I think I will have something we can work with within a few days, but it has been slow going. I noticed an inquiry about the Flex code earlier.

I am looking forward to seeing the article. Drop me a line when you get a chance. I think there are several people with their finger in Linux that would like to push along a project or two.

Dave

Welcome back

David Lane's picture

Glad to have you back aboard! I hope we continue to give you (and others) reasons to subscribe and to continue to subscribe!

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

new to amateur radio, old to linux :-)

mtk's picture

i've been using unix since 1981 and linux since the mid 90's, but just passed my technician and general license exams a few weeks ago. your january article couldn't come at a better time for me. i'm definitely interested in exploiting my system and programming skills in the pursuit of my new hobby.

i'm interested in tracking what's happening with the new release of flexradio's software which purports to fully support linux for the first time. anyone know any details?

looking forward to reading your article.

/mark

ps - alan crosswell is my ham elmer, but i'm his unix elmer :-).

Flexradio

David Lane's picture

I got an email off-line about flexradio and Linux and it is not an isolated wish. As I find out more about it (I will admit ignorance on flexradio at the moment) I will let you know and if you find out before I do, start a thread!

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Linux and APRS for GPS position location and more

Alan Crosswell's picture

I am the author of one of a couple of APRS(tm) digipeaters that runs under Linux and leverages the Kernel AX.25 stack as well as the userland soundmodem written by Thomas Sailer. This digipeater software is one of many that sits in the worldwide APRS network. In conjunction with aprsdigi, I run aprsd on the same servers to gateway on-air traffic to the APRS-IS Internet service. A cool example use of APRS-IS can be found at aprs.fi.

I also use (and once contributed some code to) Xastir which is an APRS application that I run on my laptop to map the locations of objects of interest, send messages to other stations over the air (or via Internet links) and so on. Xastir itself is based of course on many other open source projects that provide free mapping capabilities, for example. Xastir, along with various Windows-based apps like UI-view is widely used to support public service events (tracking locations of vehicles) as well as for emergency communications for served agencies like local governments and the American Red Cross.

73 de Alan Crosswell, N2YGK
ARES Emergency Coordinator
RACES Radio Officer
Westchester County, NY

Linux (ubuntu) and ham radio

N3UJJ's picture

David,

Great job, keep up the good work

I now have 2 Linux boxes in the 'Shack" (http://www.n3ujj.com/hamshack.html), but at this time use them mostly for packet stuff. I'd love to expand that to "Rig Control".

Scott (N3UJJ)

Rig Control

David Lane's picture

Always an interesting area! We will see what we can come up with. The magazine is going to have an article of fldigi for PSK that you might be interested in.

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

fldigi

Anonymous's picture

I be looking forward to that, as I am currently trying to configure fldigi for my station. Give us an alert when it is published.

By the way, that hat is awesome.

Larry

On news stands in December

David Lane's picture

I believe the magazine will hit news stands near you around the 15th, but I will let you know when I see it in the ... er ... paper.

David Lane, KG4GIY is a member of Linux Journal's Editorial Advisory Panel and the Control Op for Linux Journal's Virtual Ham Shack

Love HAM

Hari Boukis's picture

For years I've heard about HAM radio, and understand the old-school concept -- tubes and wires. Throw Linux in and I'm clueless. So, how about some links or articles for complete newbies.

Thanks
Hari

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