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New CQRLOG package available for testing

2013-11-15 Leave a comment

I’ve just built the latest version of CQRLOG, version 1.6.1, for Fedora 18 through 21.  The packages are being pushed to the updates-testing repos now and should be available soon.  If you use CQRLOG in Fedora from the repositories I’d appreciate you testing this latest build and giving karma if it works (or doesn’t work) for you.

This update provides the following enhancements and bugfixes:

  • 630M band added
  • added OQRS (online QSL request system) to QSL sent menu
  • added “Always sort by QSO date” option to Search function
  • cursor is moved to last opened log in DB connection window
  • “Ask before creating a backup” option to “Auto backup” added
  • band map is much faster, a few optimization added
  • program freezed for a few milliseconds with every bandmap refresh – fixed
  • “MySQL server has gone away” problem fixed
  • membership values collation were case sensitive – fixed
  • ADIF import sometimes crashed with access vioalation, now will show what happened
  • qrz search with right click on a call in the recent QSOs list didn’t work
  • band map font settings was not loaded when program started



New version of CQRLOG available in Fedora

2013-09-10 Leave a comment

On Sunday, 08 September, upstream developers released version 1.6.0 of CQRLOG.  This update has been pushed to the testing repositories in Fedora for versions F21, F20, and F19.  Three +1 karma feedback gets the update into the normal Fedora update repos sooner.  Please give it a test.

CHIRP – Open source programming of your amateur radio

2013-02-17 7 comments

Cross post with Radio W4OTN blog

A screenshot of CHIRP


In the past I’ve been frustrated by a lack of Linux-supported software for programming my amateur radios.  Sure, the Kenwood software that they gave you to use would kinda work under Wine but it’s Wine and who wants to operate under that?  Last year I discovered a project that aimed to solve my problem.  CHIRP is an open source alternative to other pieces of software that allow you to program your radios.  Supporting many of the current radio models, this software allows you to create your channel list and then use that on every radio you own.

Last year when I tried the software it wouldn’t program frequencies in the 70-cm band correctly.  That bug has been fixed and many features added as well.  There are even static lists of frequencies one might want to include on their radio including the FRS channels, 60m channels, NOAA weather radio channels, and others.  The software even interfaces with online frequency repositories making it easy to program repeaters into your radio when you are traveling to a new area.

The software is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows and is currently available in the Fedora software repositories (sudo yum install chirp).

Categories: Amateur Radio, Evangelism

New version of CQRLOG available for testing in Fedora

2012-10-09 Leave a comment

Version 1.5.2 of CQRLOG was released, today, and I have submitted the new version into the Fedora repos for testing.  I’d appreciate anyone using this package to test out, and provide karma for, this update.

CQRLOG now in Fedora

2012-09-06 1 comment

CQRLOG LogoCQRLOG, touted as the world’s best Linux logging program for amateur radio operators, is now in Fedora!  I’ve used CQRLOG for a couple of years and truly love this program.  It does almost everything I’ve ever wanted a piece of logging software to do including manage all your contacts, send and receive LOTW contacts using TrustedQSL, maintain a stats on major awards like DXCC, and even provides a window to a DXCluster.

CQRLOG has been pushed to Fedora 17, 18, and rawhide.  Fedora 17 and Fedora 18 versions are awaiting karma in Bodhi before being released into the wild.  If you have time and an interest in this software please test these builds and provide karma.

Amateur Radio at FUDCon Blacksburg

2012-01-04 1 comment

If any amateur radio operators are planning on being at FUDCon Blacksburg next week I’ll be monitoring 146.535MHz 146.520MHz and 144.390MHz (APRS) during the event.  Give me a shout (W4OTN).

Update 111953Z: Ham operators going to FUDcon Blacksburg should annotate this on the wiki.

Update 041930Z: Local Blacksburg repeater is 146.715MHz.

Fedora’s Amateur Radio Guide

2011-12-11 Leave a comment

Cross posting to Radio W4OTN blog.

Earlier today John WB8RCR and I released the Fedora Amateur Radio Guide.  Depicting many of the programs available in Fedora’s repositories, these free and open source software packages provides many tools to turn any amateur radio operator into a truly geeky operator.

John did a wonderful job putting together the guide to include twenty-one software packages.  And while there is still work to do we wanted to get it out the door now so that Fedora users could take advantage of what was complete.  We hope you find it useful!