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    Ham Radio Op Ubuntuers

    I noticed in another post that there are a lot of Ubuntu users who are also amateur radio operators. I just thought I'd start a thread to see how many of us there are.

    I'm KU4IS and I've been a ham since 1976. I've been an Ubuntu user since 2004.
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    Todd KB7RQQ in Vancouver Wa. Been a Ham since 1992. Spend most of my time on 40m and 10m phone. Usually listening while messing with the computers!

    Yaesu FT920, Icom IC-735 for the HF. Shortened dipole for 80 and 40. Cushcraft R-7 at 30' for the rest.
    Last edited by guitodd; June 24th, 2007 at 05:40 PM.
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    Hi... AC4BN here. I'm interested to know if anyone here has used a PSK31 application, and if so, which one?? Where to download it?

    Real newbie question (!): after downloading it, how does one get it up and running? thanks & 73, David

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    Ive considered it before, but I cant really be bothered to do tests etc to get a license, and then have to pay a fortune for the equipment.
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    I am XE1UFO here in Mexico and also KA5SUT in the U.S. I espescially love low-power (QRP) portable operations. I am also a collector of telegraph keys and paddles.

    And for jgrabham: You can get a full-blown ham radio for about half the price of an entry-level laptop. Plus I can say without reserve that our hobby allows you to save lives and do much good for society. And the tests are not what they used to be. You have to take a test to drive a car or to fly a plane or scuba dive. And you would be surprised how many places in the world there is no cell phone service.

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    How do you guys get your ham radio names? I'm guessing they can't be chosen.
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    Re: Ham Radio Op Ubuntuers

    I recently purchased a QRP rig after a long absence from ham radio. I have spare laptop with Ubuntu 7.10 installed. Have been told that I can install CW/RTTY software to operate.
    No modem/TNC or outboard device required, just the software.

    Would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

    AL7KH in Ketchikan, Alaska

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    Re: Ham Radio Op Ubuntuers

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskagene View Post
    I recently purchased a QRP rig after a long absence from ham radio. I have spare laptop with Ubuntu 7.10 installed. Have been told that I can install CW/RTTY software to operate.
    No modem/TNC or outboard device required, just the software.

    Would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

    AL7KH in Ketchikan, Alaska

    There are two programs that I know of that are for Windows but work in 7.10.
    They are CwGet and CwType. CwGet works with your PC's sound card. Just run an external speaker plug from the jack on the rig to your sound card. It types the CW on your screen. CwType transmits your keyboard input to the transceiver. I believe you need an interface card for that but read the doc to be sure.

    You'll need Wine installed. Both programs installed in 7.10 but not in my fresh install of 8.04. They may carry over with an upgrade.
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    I'm N9YYO, but my rig died a few years back so I have not been on air in awhile.
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    Re: Ham Radio Op Ubuntuers

    Some names can be bought as vanity call signs in some countries.

    mostly they're allocated by the regulatory body. Mine G7KSE is broken down as

    g - Country (England)
    7 - Old b style licence VHF and above although now it's all bands
    kse - the next letters on the list

    generally the country code is the starting letter(s) or number(s). Most of them are here http://www.warc.org.uk/prefix.htm
    g7kse.co.uk

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