Want to send mail (without using trackers etc.) with your soundcard setup? Try PSKmail
Below you can find my favorite software programs (all registered except freewares) I am using in the shack (and outside of shack of course! ).
Please, be kind enough to use only registered hamradio software (or to donate a small fee if so requested by the author).
Thanks to K1JT (http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1993/taylor-autobio.html)
for WSJT & WHISPER now hearing everything or almost everything! is possible
look in my digimodes wsjt page
Jody W6HQZ made an easy interface for the K1JT's JT65 software.
look in my digimodes wsjt page
Ham Radio Deluxe
A wonderful radio control, digimode, log and many other utilities software, a must have for the radioamateur.
To describe Hamradiodeluxe you have to write a small or not too small book, here I'll write some informations only. Please, visit again.
Here a photo from the DM780 digimode programme
A nice utility, you can print your qso's on Google Earth maps.
First install Google Earth
1. Goto Logbook and select the qso's. Gridsquare must be filled and you have define your station infos (callsign, longtitude, latitude etc.) in Configure / My station.
2. Select from Logbooks menu Logbook / Lookup / Google Earth.
In Program options / QSO / General, uncheck Keep program 'on top' while sending. So, you can check cluster etc. while transmitting.
serial number macro: <his:sent_exch> <qso+> (in Add Log Entry remember to put 001 next to send 599 field)
Now Simon Brown has sold the HamraDiodeluxe software. In my shack I am continuing to use the registered v. 5 build 2893 version built by Simon and I am very satisfied.
N4PY Radio control software
With N4PY s/w you can control many radios including ICOMs. Among others you can combine a cheap sdr (like Flex 1500 etc. or not cheap one like Perseus etc.) as receiver with your radio! I have not tested it yet.
Multipsk is a strong digimodes (contains many modes) and not only digimodes software produced by F6CTE and is free for amateur use. Recommended for experienced users. Look also in my WSJT page.
The very well known log, radio control and utility program (freeware). I am using it from my first steps in the hobby. Many thanks to Bob Furzer K4CY for Logger32.
Logger32 can read the cluster, compare with your logbook
and show you on a worldmap which callsigns are new (red) country for you, are new mode (yellow) for you etc. All of this with a different colour. Furthermore can tune the radio to correct frequency, turn the rotor and... many more!
You have to read the manual carefully if you want to be a power user of it. Also you can join the dedicated yahoo group like me http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hamlogger/
Logger32 has many utilities, tricks and is free, thanks Bob again for continuous maintenance and new versions.
You can work digimodes inside from Logger32
In the mean time, read also what other radio amateurs suggests, for example read the K5LAD's "Features you might not know that are available in Logger32 "
When you log a QSO you must record the correct time. You have 2 choices in Logbook entry window:
1. Callsign field losses focus. After entering the callsign in the Call field, when you input into the first field (i.e. RST) or if you leave all fields blank and hit Enter this is the recorded time of the QSO.
2. When WSO entered in Log.
Using NCDXF beacons in Logger32 is very easy, just hit the NCDFX beacons picture e voila:
more about NCDXF beacons:
Logger32 & CW Skimmer
You can connect cw skimmer with Logger32 via a virtual port splitter. Look in the help file for Using the local host panel with cw skimmer/VE7CC.
Also read N4ZL's excellent cw skimmer tutorial:
Soundcard window macros
Lets say you are in soundcard window, have selected mode BPSK31 and you have defined the macros. When you change for example to mode BPSK63 all your macros dissapear. If you want to avoid creating new macros, you have to edit the MMVARISoundcardMacros.ini file. Just copy the section MMVARI BPSK 31 and paste it in the end, changing the 31 to 63. So, all the macros of mode 63 will be same as mode 31. Remember, before editing any file keep a backup in another place!
DX spots and IC-756PROIII filters
When I click on a spot in the dx spots map, in IC-756 frequency and mode changes ok but, the filter 2 selected by default. If you like me you want to select the filter 1 by default You have to make the following changes:
a) In the radio port setup check: Use narrow filters for CW
b) Edit Logger32.ini file (take a backup first!) and after the heading [Radio port] or [Radio port 2] place:
[Icom filter n] n=1 or 2 (radio 1 or 2)
xx= 01, 02 or 03
SP9AUV writes useful programs for Logger32 etc.
With Adifmaster is a very useful tool for working with logbooks and is free. Among others you can open and modify ADIF logs very easy. Recommended.
Fast Log Entry
A very-well known digimode software, capable of decoding many digimodes. Interfaces easily to computer.
I recommend it to new digimodes users for its simplicity although today has been delayed to renew
Mixw today speaks many languages and ofcourse Greek,
also there is a help file in Greek thanks to the efforts of our
friend George SV8GGL, link for the help file:
IC706_BKT Icom 706 control software
A very convenient radio control software for the keen IC-706 user (a version for the IC-7000 available also).
You can find more in the IZ2BKT Mauro's page
I am not currently using it since I sold my 706.
A list with dx cluster:
Find that IOTA
In the shack (especially in digimodes) you need a very accurate computer
clock so, dimension 4 does the job for you:
GoogleEarth & Locators
Ad Maidenhead locator name to Google Earth
Open IARU Locator Echo s/w from:
Many thanks to Nearby.org.uk
SV1BYO's software for hamradio
a must have software even you are not an constructor or homebrewer