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 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/ Hamradio sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_Leap_15.0/ Hamradio sudo zypper ref
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ar -f http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_Factory_ARM/ 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
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 irc.opensuse.org.