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#1 Jeremy_C

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:18 PM

Wow! Since I got my amateur radio license awhile back I've played with SDR (Software Defined Radio) off and on over the years. I mean, c'mon - It's ham radio, DX scanning, and computers all jammed together! If that's not the ultimate tech combo then I don't know what is. Now if there was just some way to combine radio with Linux...
 
Well, today I came across it! A Linux distro made specifically with SDR in mind. Skywave Linux:

 

This is an operating system designed to provide access to a growing network of software defined radios all over the world. With global SDR access, shortwave listeners can access broadcast, utility, amateur radio, military, and other signals from almost anywhere in the world - from state-of-the art radio servers. All you need to do is boot Skywave Linux on a computer with internet access. You can also run your own SDR hardware in Skywave Linux.

 

Even though there seems to be a focus on internet radio with this distro, the possibilities increase exponentially when you add a few things, e.g., a DVB-T USB dongle, an inverter, a balun, and a good antenna. I cannot wait to get this installed on my netbook so I can go out and play.
 
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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:31 PM

It seems as usual there are a few things available to you in Mate via SM, I typed in "hamradio".  Probably some Proprietary stuff online also:

 

"CQRLOG is an advanced ham radio logger based on MySQL embedded database. Provides radio control based on hamlib libraries (currently support of 140+ radio types and models), DX cluster connection, HamQTH/QRZ callbook (XML access), a grayliner, internal QSL manager database support and a most accurate country resolution algorithm based on country tables developed by OK1RR. CQRLOG is intended for daily general logging of HF, CW & SSB contacts and strongly focused on easy operation and maintenance."


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#3 Jeremy_C

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 07:01 PM

Yes, sir! Very nice find!

 

Linux just isn't the step-child it once was, finding more and more mainstream software every few minutes. 20 years ago we had a choice, but not many options. Today it seems like the software world has finally accepted the popularity and the potential of Linux. Today is a good day!


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