HamFreeSBIE

HamFreeSBIE is a version of FreeSBIE specifically tailored to fit the needs of an Amateur Radio operator. As such, there is less emphasis on "normal" uses of a desktop user, i.e. you will not find openoffice on this liveCD-- FreeSBIE is the CD for you if you want to try a liveCD tailored to the average desktop user.

Some of the applications included are only available from the command line in a shell, these include aldo, yagi and gnuradio. Some are actually daemons that require setup, these include soundmodem and chu. Read the docs for these applications if you wish to set these up.

There are some slides on this CD from a talk I gave to the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club.

Do not contact the FreeSBIE people about problems with this CD, HamFreeSBIE is based upon the scripts and work done by the FreeSBIE project, for which I am very grateful. However, this is an independent work based on their work. All mistakes on this live CD are mine, Diane Bruce (VA3DB) <db@db.net>

HamRadio specific applications included on this LiveCD

Application Package description
Misc apps
geoid (see locator in sat apps as well) Geodetic computer for amateur radio use.
Converts Lat / Lon to Maidenhead Grid Square and reverse Computes range in kilometers and great circle bearing between QTH and remote site specified by Lat/Lon or Maidenhead Grid Square Computes range in kilometers and great circle bearing between QTH and a site selected from a database list for all known callsign prefixes and their geographic position. Geographic position is by major city.
WWW: http://www.w1hkj.com/#Geoid
aldo (shell app) Aldo is a Morse code tutor. At the moment it has four kinds of exercises: Classic exercise, the Koch method, Callsign exercise, and exercises read from files.
WWW: http://www.nongnu.org/aldo/
cwdaemon (daemon app) Cwdaemon is a small daemon which uses the pc parallel or serial port and a simple transistor switch to output morse code to a transmitter from a text message sent to it via the udp internet protocol.
WWW: http://www.qsl.net/pg4i/
chu (daemon app) CHU is a time-standard shortwave radio station operated by National Research Council Canada (NRC). This software uses signals from radio station CHU to set and frequency discipline the system clock on a Linux (FreeBSD) based system.
WWW: http://www.rossi.com/chu/
echolinux EchoLink client program for UNIX. EchoLink is a VoIP package used in Ham Radio.
WWW: http://cqinet.sourceforge.net/
Digital/DSP apps
grig (shell app) Grig is a graphical front-end to the Ham Radio libraries written using Gtk+ and Gnome widgets by Alexandru Csete. Part of the grounstation suite, it purpose is to control an amateur radio transceiver from X. It supports any of the transceivers that hamlib supports, including rpc.rigd over the network. The groundstation suite comprises Gnome-rig and Gnome-predict and is intended to provide a low-cost amateur radio station with the facilities of a high-end satellite station.
WWW: http://groundstation.sourceforge.net/
fldigi Digital modem program. Supports the following digital modes: CW,DominoEX 4 DominoEX 5 DominoEX 8 DominoEX 11 DominoEX 16 DominoEX 22, Feld-Hell FSK-Hell FSK-Hell 105, MFSK-8 MFSK-16 MFSK-16 pix , PSK-31 QPSK-31 PSK-63 QPSK-63 PSK-125 QPSK-125, OLIVIA various tones and bandwidth, RTTY various Baud Rates, Shifts, Nbr of data bits, etc., Throb-1 Throb-2 Throb-4 ThrobX-1 ThrobX-2 ThrobX-4, WWV Receive only - calibrate your sound card to WWV and Freq Analysis Receive only - be ready for the (next) ARRL FMT (freq meas test).
WWW: http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html
kpsk KPSK is a PSK31 digital radio communications application for use by licensed amateur radio operators and designed specifically for the KDE 3.x desktop environment.
Features include:
* Simple, feature-filled user interface
* Simultaneous monitoring of up to four PSK31 signals
* User-configurable waterfall colors, fonts.
* Auto-scaling waterfall
* Optimization to provide IMD data only when the measurement is valid
* Twelve user-defined fixedtexts (TX macros), available by mouse or F1-F12 keys
* Integral BerkeleyDB-based QSO logbook
* BPSK or QPSK operation
* Automatic and manual modes for calling CQ
* Ability to send an ASCII text file
* Extensive application documentation
WWW: http://kpsk.sourceforge.net/
gmfsk gMFSK v0.5 - The Gnome MFSK terminal program
gMFSK is a multi-mode soundcard terminal program for HF amateur communications. Originally the program was written for compatibility with the IZ8BLY Stream program in MFSK16 mode. Currently the program supports the following amateur digital communications modes: MFSK16, MFSK8, RTTY, THROB, PSK31, PSK63, MT63 and FELDHELL.
WWW: http://gmfsk.connect.fi/
hamfax HamFax is a Qt/X11 application for sending and receiving facsimiles. It is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), see the file COPYING for the complete text. If you have questions or comments please send them to me (cschmitt@users.sourceforge.net). I would like to have some feedback.
WWW: http://hamfax.sourceforge.net/
qsstv SSTV decode and Version 5 supports FAX reception
WWW: http://users.pandora.be/on1mh/
linrad Amateur Radio DSP utility (SDR) Linrad receives a signal in digital form by reading a device. Currently Linrad operates by sampling sound on line-in channel of an audio card. In the future boards sampling directly at RF frequencies will be available.
WWW: http://www.nitehawk.com/sm5bsz/linuxdsp/linrad.htm
wsjt WSJT is a computer program for amateur radio VHF/UHF communication using state of the art digital techniques. Typical applications include communication by meteor scatter and EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) propagation paths.
WWW: http://pulsar.princeton.edu/~joe/K1JT
dream Dream is a software implementation of a Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) receiver. All you need to receive DRM transmissions is a PC with a sound card and a modified analog short-wave (MW, LW) receiver.
WWW: http://drm.sourceforge.net/
XAnalyser XAnalyser is a program to analyse a stereo audio signal. It has two displays: Frequency Spectrum Using Fast Fourier Transform, the time domain of the signal is transformed into the frequency domain, i.e. the amplitude (in logarithmic scale) of the audio signal is plotted versus the frequency. Either the sum of the left and right channel of the audio signal can be shown or both channels simultaneously.
XY Scope Roughly speaking, the audio signal of left channel deflects a point horizontally and the right channel vertically (just as the beam of a CRT would do). Thus, an audio signal only present on the left channel produces a horizontal line, whereas an audio signal only present on the right channel produces a vertical line. A mono signal produces a 45 degree line. A stereo signal creates a wild pattern (if the phase is correct, predominately in the same direction as a mono signal) or may even fill the entire scope.
WWW: http://arvin.schnell-web.net/xanalyser/
Audacity Audacity is a program that lets you manipulate digital audio waveforms. In addition to letting you record sounds directly from within the program, it imports many sound file formats, including WAV, AIFF, AU, IRCAM, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis. It supports all common editing operations such as Cut, Copy, and Paste, plus it will mix tracks and let you apply plug-in effects to any part of a sound. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Author: Dominic Mazzoni dominic@minorninth.com
WWW: http://audacity.sourceforge.net
gnuradio (shell app) GNU Radio is a collection of software that when combined with minimal hardware, allows the construction of radios where the actual waveforms transmitted and received are defined by software. What this means is that it turns the digital modulation schemes used in today's high performance wireless devices into software problems.
WWW: http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuradio/
Satellite apps
gpredict Gpredict is a satellite tracking and prediction application written using Gtk+ and Gnome widgets by Alexandru Csete. Part of the groundstation suite, its purpose is to track the various amateur, weather and military satellites that are of interest to radio amateurs. The groundstation suite comprises Gnome-rig and Gnome-predict and is intended to provide a low-cost amateur radio station with the facilities of a high-end satellite station.
WWW: http://groundstation.sourceforge.net/
predict (shell app) This is a satellite tracking program for amateur radio satellites. Written by John A. Magliacane, KD2BD
WWW: http://www.qsl.net/kd2bd/predict.html
locator (shell app) This is a program for translating maidenhead grid squares to and from lat/long. This is of most use to Amateur Radio operators but may be useful to GPS users.
Originally written by:
Harald M. Stauss
harald.stauss@web.de
DO1JHS @ DB0GR.#BLN.DEU.EU
Logging apps
kb The KB contest logging computer program runs on the Linux operating system with the Gnome desktop. The program is under development, and currently supports the CQ WW, CQ WPX, and ARRL DX contests, plus Field Day. Features include on-the-fly dupe checking, CW and voice message keying, super check partial, packet (Telnet and rf nodes), networking, and radio control (currently for the FT-1000 only). The program is designed to be used by U.S. stations, with some support for Canadian stations. New features and contests are being added regularly, and I will consider adding support for DX stations if there is sufficient demand.
WWW: http://www.k2ct.net/kbsoftware/kbsoftware.htm
trustedqsl (tqsl, tqslcert) The mission of the Trusted QSL Group is to keep eQSL an open and free activity for amateur radio operators by promoting the Digital Signature Standard (DSS).
WWW: http://www.trustedqsl.org
tlf Amateur radio curses based logging program.
WWW: http://home.iae.nl/users/reinc/TLF-0.2.html
xwota Xwota is a very simple Linux/FreeBSD/xBSD client for the WOTA Database (Who is On The Air Database) written by me (IZ0ETE). It's very similar to a DX Cluster client, but it works with the WOTA server. If you don't known what is the WOTA DB, please read some info at http://www.wotadb.org. It's written in C and GTK, and it should work on the latest Linux/BSD distributions. Please report to me your successful installation. (Linux, FreeBSD at the moment)
WWW: http://people.fabaris.it/iz0ete/xwota/
Design apps
geda-gschem gschem is a tool to capture/draw electronic circuits schematics.
WWW: http://www.geda.seul.org
geda-netlist gnetlist is the netlist extraction/generation program which is part of gEDA (GPL Electronic Design Automation) toolset. This program takes a schematic for its input and outputs a netlist. gnetlist uses scheme to define the output format. Currently it supports the following backends:
1) Allegro netlist format (-g allegro)
2) BAE netlist format (-g bae)
3) BOM / BOM2 - Bill of Materials (-g bom and -g bom2)
4) Partslist1,2,3 - More Bill of Materials (-g partslist[1-3])
5) DRC - Start of a design rule checker (-g drc)
6) DRC2 - A second design rule checker (-g drc2)
7) gEDA - native format, mainly used for testing (-g geda)
8) Gossip netlist format (-g gossip)
9) PADS netlist format (-g pads)
10) PCB / PCBboard (-g PCB and -g PCBboard)
11) gsch2pcb backend (-g gsch2pcb)
12) ProtelII netlist format (-g protelII)
13) Spice compatible netlist format (-g spice)
14) Enhanced spice compatible netlist format (-g spice-sdb)
15) Switcap netlist format (-g switcap)
16) Tango netlist format (-g tango)
17) Verilog code (-g verilog)
18) VHDL code (-g vhdl)
19) VIPEC netlist format (-g vipec)
20) Bartels Autoengineer netlist format (-g bae)
21) GOSSIP system simulation system netlist format (-g gossip)
22) MAXASCII netlist format (-g maxascii)
23) VHDL-AMS netlist format (-g vams)
24) Futurenet2 netlist format (-g futurenet2 )
25) SWITCAP switched capacitor simulator netlist format (-g switcap )
26) RF Cascade netlist format (-g cascade )
27) RACAL-REDAC netlist format (-g redac )
28) PCB actions file for forward annotating pin/pad names from schematic to layout (-g pcbpins)
WWW: http://www.geda.seul.org
geda-symbols symbols for gEDA
WWW: http://www.geda.seul.org
geda-symcheck gsymcheck is the gEDA symbol checking utilty
WWW: http://www.geda.seul.org
geda-utils Various supplementary utilities for gEDA system.
WWW: http://www.geda.seul.org
gsmc A program for doing calculation on Smith Chart, similar in functionality to xsmc but with a simpler user interface; written with GNU/GTK library and released under GNU/GPL. Written by Lapo Pieri IK5NAX
WWW: http://www.qsl.net/ik5nax