Discussion in 'Logbooks & Logging Programs' started by EI6GTB, Oct 14, 2009.

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  1. K9MRD

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  2. KJ6CEA

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    Ham Radio Deluxe is in 5.0 Beta, with built in cw and psk incode/decode (And who knows what else) spotter, logger, rotator, clock, ect!

    great and free, works will almost all transceivers
  3. N2HO

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  4. N3XP

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    Sell support and updates.
  5. N2RJ

    N2RJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    RedHat seems to be making a lot of money, despite the fact that their product is primarily GPL'ed free software.
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  6. AA6YQ

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    If you offer software of sufficient value and quality, customers will pay for it; if you don't, they won't.


    Dave, AA6YQ (author, DXLab)
  7. AA6YQ

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    DXLab is completely free, and available via download. Its a suite of 8 applications that can operate independently, but detect each other's presence and interoperate automatically. Besides the usual logging, transceiver control, DX spot collection and digital mode features you'll find in most applications, DXLab,

    - controls up to 4 transceivers, with optional transceiver selection by frequency

    - provides 10 banks of 10 memories, with the ability to continuously scan a bank's frequencies

    - displays frequency-dependent settings for devices like tuners, amplifiers, and antenna switches, with optional control via parallel port signals

    - supports transverters for 6m, 4m, 2m, and 70cm operation

    - provides user-defined transceiver control sequences initiated by buttons (up to 16) and sliders (up to 8)

    - provides both map-driven and callsign-driven operation of all commercial PC-controllable rotators

    - tracks confirmation and verification of QSOs for DXCC, TopList, and WAZ awards, highlighting needed DX spots, automatically generating outgoing QSLs that request confirmation of needed QSLs, identifying confirmed QSOs for submission to the ARRL DXCC desk, and generating DXCC submission paperwork

    - reports progress towards DXCC, TopList, Challenge, VUCC, Marathon, WAS, WAC, IOTA, WAZ, WPX, USA-CA, Canadaward, Holyland, DOK, WAE, WAB, DDFM, SRR, RDA, WAJA, JCC, JCG, and AJA awards

    - extracts address information from all 3 CDROM callbooks, HamCall.net, and QRZ.com (free with advertising, or no advertising with subscription)

    - provides one-click access to more than 80 web-accessible sources of QSL information

    - directly prints QSL labels and 4-to-a-page QSL cards

    - directly prints addresses on envelopes or labels

    - provides operations that can alter many logged QSOs simultaneously without requiring the user to modify ADIF files -- e.g. performing callbook lookups on already-logged QSOs, or adjusting the start times of QSOs logged during a specific time range, or extracting QTH information from COMMENT fields, or...

    - synchronizes with LotW and eQSL.cc, initiating upload and download operations with a single mouse click without requiring the user to manually invoke TQSL

    - captures DX spots from up to 6 sources (telnet clusters, packetclusters, DX Summit), creating and maintaining a local database with one entry for each active DX station that is color coded by "need" and LotW participation, and whose entries can be independently filtered and displayed in a table, on its world map, and on a zoomable bandspread

    - optionally announces needed DX spots, and includes a web server that makes all spots browser-accessible from anywhere on your home network

    - extracts QSX frequencies from DX spot notes, enabling accurate transceiver setup for split frequency operation with one user action

    - captures solar and geomagnetic data from WWV spots and uses this data to display easy-to-understand QST-style graphical propagation forecasts, and to depict the auroral oval on its world map (choice of VOACAP, ICEPAC, or IONCAP propagation forcasting engines, all of which are included)

    - monitors user-specified NCDXF/IARU HF beacon schedules to rapidly calibrate propagation forecasts with actual propagation

    - decodes all PSK31 or PSK63 or PSK125 QSOs within your transceiver's bandpass and extract callsigns to create and maintain a "stations heard" window

    - simultaneously runs soundcard RTTY (using the MMTTY engine) and an external modem (e.g. a KAM or PK232) to provide diversity decoding or the ability to simultaneously decode a DX station and callers

    - supports PSK, RTTY, CW (generation only), and Phone (voice keying) with a single user interface and macro facility

    - interoperates with with MultiPSK, MMSSTV, MMVARI, MMTTY, MixW, Fldigi, DM780, HRD, DX Atlas, and CW Skimmer

    - runs on 32-bit and 64-bit flavors of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7; can run on Macintosh or Linux using a virtual machine.

    - is updated frequently, and downloads/installs upgrades with a single mouse click; reported defects are generally repaired within 24 hours.

    - is driven by an active and friendly user community open to everyone

    DXLab is available via



    Dave, AA6YQ
  8. KA7FTP

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    I don't know that demand is the correct word...

    I too make my living off of software. At the same time I typically give away my hobby stuff, hardware and software designs. A hobby is closer to an academic approach. We have all benefited greatly from pure research that has accelerated the state of art. Many industries have all been based upon the handwork of hobbyists...

    Now don't get me wrong, I think you should be free to charge for anything you create. I don't believe that anyone has the right to make you a slave by forcing you to produce for free. Yet one thing I learned from being in the dot com space for over a decade, is that you need to offer a free but scaled back version of your product, or someone else will. Happens in every case...
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