Ham Radio Linux

This page lists a few programs on Linux that I use for Ham Radio. It just reminds me what I need to install when I rebuild my laptop.

sudo apt-get install xdx xlog fldigi wsjt wsjtx xastir grig libhamlib-utils


Xdx is a TCP/IP DX cluster client for Amateur Radio.


xlog is a GTK+ based logging program for Amateur Radio Operators.


fldigi is a digital modem program for ham radio operators.

wsjt & wsjtx

wsjt is a weak signal communications program. It supports multiple operating modes:

  • FSK441 – fast mode for meteor scatter
  • ISCAT-A, ISCAT-B – optimized for meteor and ionospheric scatter
  • JT65A, JT65B, JT65C, JT65B2, JT65C2 – for EME and troposcatter
  • JT4A, JT4B, JT4C, JT4D, JT4E, JT4F, JT4G
  • CW – 15 WPM Morse code, messages structured for EME
  • Echo – for EME echoes

WSJT receiving GB3VHF via JT65B

WSJT receiving 20m

WSJT receiving 20m


Xastir is a graphical application that interfaces ham radio and APRS(tm) internet access to real-time mapping software.


grig is a graphical user interface for the Ham Radio Control Libraries (hamlib) below.


Is a library which many other programs base their radio interface upon. It provides a common software layer to control and interface with radio transceiver hardware.


freedv is a Digital Voice program for HF.

FreeDV has it’s own repository for Linux. See the homepage of the project for information. For the apt package manager, visit the Debian page.

An online scrapbook full of half-baked projects and silly ideas.