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Author Topic: Is there any interesting in a Mac/Linux Ham Radio Deluxe Program?  (Read 10391 times)
W7KEW
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« on: February 17, 2011, 03:20:35 AM »

Any hams have a interest in development of such a program? Would you be willing to pay for it?
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KJ4NGS
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2011, 05:15:09 PM »

Sure, although I'm running HRD on my Mac right now in a VMWare virtual machine and it's just fine.
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2011, 07:35:24 AM »

Sure, although I'm running HRD on my Mac right now in a VMWare virtual machine and it's just fine.
I would be interested in a Linux/Ubuntu version.  I like to think I would pay for it, but most of us Linux users are pretty tight about paying for software. 
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K3SF
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2011, 11:47:56 AM »

i use macloggerdx by ve3rw..which i pay for..i use cocoamodem by k7ay..which is free
if there was a 'good' mac version of HRD type radio control that would interface with the above s/w
i would be willing to pay some price just to be native Mac and integrated to these two great programs already.

with this kind of capability i could run remote station a lot easier than i do now...

jmho

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2011, 04:57:16 AM »

Sure, although I'm running HRD on my Mac right now in a VMWare virtual machine and it's just fine.
I would be interested in a Linux/Ubuntu version.  I like to think I would pay for it, but most of us Linux users are pretty tight about paying for software. 

I think it is a bit more than just being tight about paying for software. The combined 'do everything' program goes against the grain of 'do one thing, but it well' user philosophy of most Unix & Unix-like systems.

What might work for Mac & Linux users is a set of individual programs with a common communications protocol between them.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011, 12:29:53 PM »

Sure, although I'm running HRD on my Mac right now in a VMWare virtual machine and it's just fine.

X2

However I would be willing to pay a small fee to stay in the mac environment as well. However windows runs just fine under VMWare, just as fast as a native windows machine.
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WA9YOZ
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2011, 10:28:20 AM »

Doh!...How about programs for the Amiga computer? I'm interested...
Anyone?
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 05:28:09 PM »

Doh!...How about programs for the Amiga computer? I'm interested...
Anyone?
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The first DXing software I wrote was in Modula and Moto 68K assembler for my Amiga 1000. You'd be welcome to it, except that the machine died more than a decade ago and I made no effort to retain the code. Amiga is a classic example of a flash in the pan -- a brilliant flash to be sure, but the result was oblivion none-the-less.
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« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 12:01:04 AM »

Any hams have a interest in development of such a program? Would you be willing to pay for it?

Yes there is a very nice program, called Aether. You can find it at the App Store.
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N3ZH
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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 05:47:37 AM »

Ham Radio Integrator is written in Java so in theory it "should" also work on Linux and Macs.

It is available in N3ZH_Software Yahoo Group's FILES section.

Howard
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WS4E
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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2011, 10:47:04 AM »

Think about what HRD really provides and break it down to what you really get from it:

1) Logbook
2) DM780 psk/digital modes app
3) Rig Control Program
4) Satellite Tracker
5) Some smaller stuff like DX Cluster Monitoring, etc.



You can put together a station just as easily with other stuff on Linux or Mac.

1) There is a great open source logbook program called CQRlog, that I actually like better than HRD Logbook. http://www.cqrlog.com

I like that it even has built-in support for LOTW to automatically upload/download QSL's unlike HRD Logbook that does not support LOTW.  It provides some basic rig control functionality but its not much more than tracking of frequency mode making log entries faster.

2) There is an EXCELLENT digital mode program for Linux/Mac that is open source... called FLDigi.  In fact that is what your running in HRD as DM780 with a windows gui around it, but FLDigi is the code underneath doing the digital decoding.   http://www.w1hkj.com/images/Ubuntu-3.1.jpg  It can talk to CQRlog and automatically enter log entries from your digital modes windows.

3) THIS HERE is where the options are limited right now on Linux I think.  There is no program that provides the nice sort of rig control interface that HRD provides with its nice big full screen rig control screen.  But honestly I noticed I didn't use that screen all that much so I don't really miss it.  And there is a rig control new program in beta from the author of FLDigi,  called FLRig http://www.w1hkj.com/flrig-help/index.html.  It looks like it does what I want in a rig control program with some sliders for controlling filters, power, etc. and displaying the current frequency and a way to store and recall a number of present frequencies.  

4) There are several good satellite trackers for Linux.  GPredict: http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/ is probably one of the most popular.  But I use a java program called SatScape that I like better. http://satscape.software.informer.com/.

5) For DX Cluster watching I like XDX. http://www.hamradiosecrets.com/image-files/dx-cluster-client-xdx.jpg.  But there are several others to choose from.  See it in action: http://www.youtube.com/v/amt_XKSxy9k&hl


Pretty much no matter what you want 'to do' there is a good substitute for the functionality in HRD.  And the price is right...free with no cost to upgrade ever again.


/this message posted from Linux Smiley
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