Amateur Radio | Open Source Software | Electronics

Thursday, 31 December 2015

As much as I like the thought of running an open source operating system I found using Ubuntu as my main OS limited my radio activities just that bit too much, so I’ve now switched back to Windows.  I’ve not ruled out using Ubuntu again, perhaps I’ll give the next Long Term Support (LTS) version a go once it’s released in April 2016.

I had some success installing Fldigi and got PSK31 up and running, I never managed to get WSPR working, either installing the Linux version or trying to install it under Wine, Chirp installed without any problems, and I used it to program my Kenwood TM-V71, however my IC-7100 wasn’t supported.  If I had more experience and could program perhaps I could have helped with the development of some of these programs, they are all excellent, but for me they were just not as complete as their Windows versions. 

For now I’m running Windows 10, haven taken advantage of the free upgrade that Microsoft were offering.  As part of the upgrade, I decided to install a SSD HDD to give the PC a bit of a speed boost, this was fairly straightforward, although I did have to buy a fixing bracket to properly install the drive into my desktop case.  I also fitted two new 8 TB standard hard drives to increase my storage space, I mirror the content of one disk to the other using SyncToy 2.1 so that I have a backup in the event of a drive failure.

With the new drives in place, and the desktop case cover back on I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 followed by the recommended updates.  After that, downloaded and installed Windows 10, without any problems at all.  Whilst some people have had problems, for me the whole process was straightforward and took around a day to complete.

With the OS setup complete and all updates downloaded and installed I set about installing all of my favorite radio applications including Ham Radio Deluxe, WSPR and RT Systems for programming my IC-7100, again every went well with no problems at all.

Things look a little different to the way they did with Windows 7, although users of Windows 8 should find the look and feel of Windows 10 quite familiar and it took me no time at all to find most of the things I needed, the best tip I’ve come across so far is to right click on the Windows icon to get a pop up menu that provides useful links to the Control Panel, Task Manager, Device Manager and he Command Prompt amongst others.

So, I’ll be sticking with Windows 10 for now, but knowing me I’ll install the next LTS version of Ubuntu once it’s released, when I do, I’ll post all about it!


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