For the Ham Radio hobby I decided to use an old (former Windows) laptop now running Ubuntu Linux. On forehand knowing that not all software is able to run on Linux...
This page(s) are mainly for my own use. It isn't a software selection/evaluation but describes the programs I'm using with it main settings. And may be it's helpful for you.
Thereafter programs for digi modes will be required.
From amateur-radio-wiki.net there's overview of:
- Ham Software
UbuntuHams bring together Amateur Radio Operators and developers of Amateur Radio packages who use Ubuntu.
My main setup is a Yaesu FT-991A connected via a USB cable.
This setup provides:
- two serial COM-ports (standard and special) for rig control
- a Sound Card (audio-IN and audio-OUT)
... so no extra (audio) cables needed!!
The transceiver is monitored and controlled via CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) commands by Ham radio software programs. This commands are send via one of the COM-ports.
I noticed that not all USB A B cables perform properly. The CAT interface drops/disappears after some time (or doesn't initiates at all).
Certified USB cables with a (visible) shield and with Ferrite Choke work well. I use such a cable of 5m length.
Be aware that only one program or (hamlib)daemon can connect to a rig at the same time.
Hamlib's rigctld can also handle one client at a time...
The FT-991A has a build in Sound Card. Nice!
The Sound Card comes available via the USB port on the back of the rig.
The USB specification defines a standard interface, the USB audio device class, allowing a single driver to work with the various USB sound devices and interfaces on the market. Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux support this standard.
After connecting the USB cable no sound card driver installation is needed.
In most Ham programs the sound card is called:
- USB CODEC AUDIO
or it's wrapped in something containing USB CODEC AUDIO.
In Ubuntu it looks like this.
Back to Ham Radio
On the next pages there's a page for each Ham program I use.
Linux ... lets give it a try...