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== What's new for amateur radio operators ==
 
 
Fedora 11 includes a number of applications and libraries that are
 
of interest to amateur radio operators and electronic hobbyists.
 
Many of these applications are included in the Fedora Electronic
 
Lab spin.  For a complete list of amateur radio applications available within Fedora see [[ Applications_for_Amateur_Radio | Applications for amateur radio ]] on the wiki.
 
 
 
=== Sound card applications ===
 
 
 
'''fldigi'''
 
 
Fedora 11 includes version 3.10 of '''fldigi'''.  Changes from Fedora 10 include many enhancements to the waterfall and logging, along with dozens of minor changes to the user interface and bug fixes.  For a complete list of changes see the upstream project's site at http://www.w1hkj.com/fldigi-distro/.
 
 
 
'''xfhell'''
 
 
Version 1.9 of '''xfhell''' includes some improvements in handling the PTT line and additional flexibility in adjusting window sizes, as well as some bug fixes.  The project's site is at http://5b4az.chronos.org.uk/pages/digital.html.
 
 
 
'''soundmodem'''
 
 
'''soundmodem''' is now back in Fedora.  '''soundmodem''' 0.10 provides a way to use your sound card as a modem for digital applications such as AX.25.  The upstream's project page is http://www.baycom.org/~tom/ham/soundmodem/.
 
 
 
'''HamFax'''
 
 
'''HamFax''' 0.54 is new to Fedora.  '''HamFax''' is an application for sending and receiving facsimiles in amateur radio and for receiving public facsimile broadcasts like weather maps. Supported interfaces are sound cards and the SCS-PTCII from Special Communication Systems.
 
 
 
''' wxapt '''
 
 
'''wxapt''' is a console application for decoding and saving weather images transmitted in the APT format of NOAA and METEOR satellites.  '''wxapt''' is a new addition to Fedora.
 
 
 
 
=== Software Defined Radio ===
 
 
 
'''gnuradio'''
 
 
'''gnuradio''' has been updated to version 3.1.3.  This is largely a bugfix update.
 
 
 
=== Circuit Design and Simulation ===
 
 
The gEDA suite has been updated to 20081231.  This includes the packages '''geda-docs''', '''geda-examples''', '''geda-gattrib''', '''geda-gnetlist''', '''geda-gschem''', '''geda-gsymcheck''', '''geda-symbols''' and '''geda-utils'''.  These are all bugfix releases.  In addition, '''gerbv''', '''pcb''', and '''ngspice''' are a part of the gEDA suite, but released separately.
 
 
 
'''gerbv'''
 
 
'''gerbv''' 2.1.0 includes improvements to object selection, improved exporting, and more flexibility in dealing with drill files.  The complete release notes for this package can be found at http://gerbv.sourceforge.net/ANNOUNCEMENT-2.1.0.
 
 
 
'''pcb'''
 
 
'''pcb''' has been updated to 20081128.  Included among the improvements is a new 'Ben mode' that exports a 'photograph' of the board as a .png file.  There are also some minor improvements in drill handling and a number of bug fixes.  The complete release notes for this version are available at http://pcb.sourceforge.net/news.html#20081128.
 
 
 
'''ngspice'''
 
 
'''ngspice''' has been updated to version 18.  Changes include:
 
* Tclspice simulator library has been merged with ngspice. Now you can compile ngapice or tclspice by asserting a configure switch. See README.tcl.
 
* New options have been introduced: brief, listing, autostop and scale
 
* Support for .lib file has been introduced. This allows the use of third party model libraries in ngspice
 
* .measure statements: avg, integ, rms, max, min, delay, param
 
* .global statements t support for global nodes whose name is not expanded when flattening the netlist
 
* .func macros for inlining functions into netlists
 
* Improved the numparam library to support fully parametrized netlists
 
* BSIM model binning
 
* new multi-input gate VCVS using XSPICE extensions
 
 
 
'''iverilog'''
 
 
'''iverliog''' has been updated to 0.9.20081118.  This is largely a bugfix update.
 
 
 
=== Logging and related applications ===
 
 
 
 
'''LinLog'''
 
 
'''LinLog''' has been updated to version 0.4.
 
 
{{admon/note|Before updating to 0.4 you should export your database to ADIF.
 
Then install 0.4, create a new database, and import the ADIF.  Step-by-step instructions are available at http://linlogbook.sourceforge.net/doc/LinLocDoc.html.|}}
 
 
 
'''qle'''
 
 
'''qle''' 0.0.10 is new to Fedora 11. '''qle''' is a graphic QSO log viewer, log editor and QSO logger. It logs (or modifies) QSOs directly in a fast and light-weight SQLite database.
 
 
 
''' ibp '''
 
 
A tool to show which IBP beacons are transmitting
 
 
The International Beacon Project is a set of 18 amateur (ham) radio
 
transmitters around the world, each of which transmit every 3 minutes on a set
 
of 5 short-wave frequencies. This allows short-wave radio users to quickly
 
assess the current worldwide propagation conditions.
 
Much more information can be found on http://www.ncdxf.org/beacons.html
 
 
 
''' xwota '''
 
 
'''xwota''' is intended for amateur radio operators who want to make use of the WOTA
 
database. It can be used to find out who is on the air, the band and frequency they are
 
operating on, and their location by country, state, county, grid, and
 
latitude/longitude.  '''xwota''' is new to Fedora 11.
 
 
If you don't known what is the WOTA database, please read some information at
 
http://www.wotadb.org.
 
 
 
 
=== Antenna Modeling ===
 
 
'''xnec2c'''
 
 
Fedora includes '''nec2c''', the powerful antenna modeling program, and '''xnec2c''' which provides a graphical user interface to '''nec2c'''.  Both of these packages have been updated to version 1.2 in Fedora 11.  The changes are minor bugfixes.
 
 
Project site: http://5b4az.chronos.org.uk/pages/nec2.html
 
 
 
 
=== Internet and Related Applications ===
 
 
 
 
''' thebridge '''
 
 
'''thebridge''' is an ILink/EchoLink compatible conference bridge.  This is a new feature in Fedora 11.
 
 
 
 
''' cwirc '''
 
 
X-Chat plugin for sending and receiving raw Morse code over IRC.  New to Fedora 11.
 
 
 
'''svxlink-server'''
 
 
'''svxlink server''' is a general purpose voice services system for  ham radio use. Each voice service is implemented as a plugin called  a module. Some examples of voice services are: Help system, Simplex repeater, EchoLink connection.  The core of the system handles the radio interface and is quite flexible as well. It can act both as a  simplex node and as a repeater controller. '''svxlink-server''' 0.10.1 is new to Fedora with this release.  For programmers, there is also a development package, '''svxlink-server-devel'''.
 
 
 
'''qtel'''
 
 
'''qtel''' 0.11.1 is an Echolink client.  Note that it is a client only, not a full link.  If you want to create a link, install '''svxlink-server'''.  If you need a conference bridge, use '''thebridge'''.  '''qtel''' is new with Fedora 11.
 
 
=== Other applications ===
 
 
 
''' hamlib '''
 
 
Fedora 11 includes version 1.28 of '''hamlib'''.  There are a large number of new models supported and fixes to support for existing models.  There are a number of new commands.  See the project's website at http://hamlib.sourceforge.net for complete details.
 
 
 
''' xdx '''
 
 
The DX cluster client '''xdx''' has been updated to 2.4.1. This is a bugfix update.
 
 
 
''' xdemorse '''
 
 
'''xdemorse''' has been updated to 1.3.  This is a bugfix update.
 
 
 
''' ssbd '''
 
 
'''ssbd''' (Single-Side Band daemon) is voice keyer for hamradio use.
 
It's written as part of Tucnak, contest log for VHF contests,
 
but is possible to use ssbd with any other program.  '''ssbd''' is
 
new to Fedora with this release.
 
 
 
''' gpsman '''
 
 
'''gpsman''' has been updated to 6.4.  See the details at http://www.ncc.up.pt/gpsman/wGPSMan_4.html.
 
 
 
'''splat'''
 
 
'''splat-utils''' has been removed from Fedora and the contents included in the '''splat''' package.  It is no longer necessary to install '''splat-utils''' to use '''splat'''.
 
 
  
 
[[Category:Docs Project]]
 
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[[Category:Documentation_beats]]
 
[[Category:Documentation_beats]]
 
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