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Welcome to the HAM (Amateur) Radio Portal edit

HAM Radio or Amateur Radio Linux program description overview, including use-cases for combining Linux and amateur radio, applications to meet those goals, and how openSUSE fits into that picture.

Why Linux and Ham Radio?

Over the past century or so, ham radio has been about more than communicating, but also experimenting and pushing the boundary of radio as a hobby and a technology. Now, as much as ever, radio experimentation is alive and well. Linux - as a kernel, OS, and platform - is perfectly suited to the experimental and tinkering aspects of amateur radio. Even so, stable and mature software for supporting amateur radio is often found at home in a Linux environment. Some brief use cases include:

  • Computer control of radio transceivers (CAT)
  • Using programming software to preload or configure handhelds
  • Digital Modes - Digital protocols (text or voice) implemented in software, then streamed to/from the radio as audio
  • Networking - Ham radio networking is built in to the Linux IP stack!
  • Software Defined Radio - SDR has opened the floodgates of RF experimentation to hobbyists

openSUSE Terminal Repository Addition edit

Using the terminal program of your choice, add these repositories to your system to access the available HAM Radio applications. Be certain to add the repository that conforms to your version of openSUSE.

Tumbleweed x86_64 and i586

sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f Hamradio
sudo zypper ref


sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f$releasever/ Hamradio
sudo zypper ref


sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f Hamradio
sudo zypper ref

Full List of Repositories

Common HAM Radio Programs edit

Incomplete list of Hamradio programs as recommended by the Linux in the Ham Shack Podcast:

sudo zypper install chirp cqrlog QtRadio xsmc-calc qrq tqsl xlog

Contribute edit

HAM Radio Applications for openSUSE is developed in the openSUSE Ham Radio project in the Open Build Service.

If you need any help join the channel #opensuse of