LHS Episode #006

After putting this off some because of the holidays and other obligations, Episode #006 is now hot off the press. This is the second in our two-part series on PSK31. In the first part, we looked at sound cards, rig control interfaces and the basics of getting a PSK31 software package installed on your Linux operating system.

In part two, we take a much closer look at two popular programs for operating PSK31 mode on Linux: gmFSK and fldigi. On top of that, we respond to listener comments and questions, talk about updates to the web site, and explain how you can be involved in the recording of Linux in the HAM Shack by listening to the live feed and interacting with us in the chat room.

Next up in Episode #007: Install episode! We'll guide you step by step through the entire process of installing Debian or Ubuntu Linux on a machine to use in your HAM shack. If you join us for the live feed, we'll even be able to answer your questions in real time.

Stay tuned, and please, keep the feedback coming.

LHS Episode #005

Episode #005 is here. This is the first in a two-part series where we begin to discuss using Linux with your ham radio to participate in digital modes. We outline the software and hardware you might use to enjoy PSK31, a very popular digital mode in amateur radio. We take a look at sound cards, serial ports, rig control interfaces and prepare you for part two, which will get into the specifics of using Linux software to operate your radio in PSK31 mode. Thank you for downloading our latest episode, and please send us your feedback.

Also, we now broadcast the recording of Linux in the HAM Shack using Ustream TV. Follow Richard or Russ on Twitter to find out when the recording goes live, or check on the web site. An event calendar will be available shortly which will let you know when we will be recording. Your comments may even be included in the podcast!

73 de Russ, K5TUX

LHS Episode #004

Episode #004 is finally here! I need to make two apologies. The first is a re-apology for the crackling in the audio for this episode. It appears to have been a problem with the machine that recorded the episode. My studio was in disarray and I didn't have a place for my laptop so I used an older desktop. The crackling that appears on the recording was not evident from my mixing console or to Richard over the Skype connection. Rest assured that it will not happen in Episode #005. Second, I apologize for this being late. We really would like to keep things on schedule at Linux in the HAM Shack, but the last two weeks have been very busy for both Richard and I.

In this episode, we go through our feedback from between the last release and this one. Then we get down to the heart of the matter: What software is available under Linux for amateur radio enthusiasts? We answer that question, respond to your questions and comments, talk about virtualization and techniques for getting the most from whatever software you decide to use. We even try to have a little fun here and there. So thank you for downloading this episode and thank you for listening. Please send us feedback, good or bad, and any comments or questions you may have. We'd love to hear from you.

73 de Russ, K5TUX

Episode #004 Slightly Delayed

Hi, everyone. I'd just like to let you know that because I was in California for nine days last week, the recording of Episode #004 was put off for a little bit. We managed to get everything recorded last night, but as I went to edit the audio, it turns out there's a lot of crackling. I'm not sure where it came from, but I'm guessing the machine I was using to do the recording on (a different one for this episode) wasn't up to the task. So I'll apologize now for the poor audio quality, and know that the next episode will sound much better. I'm not sure I can get the editing done tonight, but if I can I will. There will definitely be an episode posted by Friday sometime. Thanks for listening and please keep the feedback coming.

73 de Russ, K5TUX