Now stop buying and paying for your software.
You can run a lot of Linux Ham Radio apps. on your Mac OS X.(I know : not everything is available yet)
Go to http://fink.sourceforge.net/
or go to http://www.opendarwin.org/
(fink is easier) and start with Open Source.
Get X-chat and ask for help on the channels.
The Freedom is right there.
You only have to reach out for it.
73 de on4axv.