With the recent increased cases of covid-19, many are staying home or quarantined. Here are a few ideas to productively spend some time…Continue reading “Things to do while distancing or quarantined at home”
Announcing Hearham live repeater listing
The new Hearham live repeater listing has been up for one week and now has hundreds of repeater listings up! If you’ve been looking for a database to use for your offline app, this may be it! Unlike other repeater listings this aims to be up to date and allow for timely comments to go out to all users of the repeaters to know about any outages or changes.Continue reading “Announcing Hearham live repeater listing”
Building a Linux App part 7: Building an Installer File
There’s a big difference between having that quick python script set up with a GUI, and having a full desktop or mobile app ready to click install. In this post I’ll show the steps to build a Python script into an installable application.Continue reading “Building a Linux App part 7: Building an Installer File”
Building a Linux App with Python – Part 6, connecting to the repeater listing!
It’s easy to start a Python project in one file, and then add class after class and function after function in the same file – as i have in the repeater-start project. This can get unwieldy after awhile. As I am adding a type for the open-source Hearham Live Repeater Listing, I will make a new node creator that will get the repeaters out of the api. So from what I had before, just one repeater code:Continue reading “Building a Linux App with Python – Part 6, connecting to the repeater listing!”
Building a repeater app for Linux, part 5: Subprocess for listening to the radio
With the number of cheap RTLSDR devices that let you listen to radio or ham radio, it’s only natural to want to check out each of the repeaters and their use when you go to a new area. In fact, once you have a device set up correctly it is easy to integrate that (or any other command line features) into your project.
To start with I set up a class based on what I added for Hearham uploader – this will make the command run in a separate thread, continuing the process until it is killed. An ongoing process must not be on the same thread as the GUI (in any interface, Java, Android, or GTK…) This is going to use subprocess module as it can make it easier to use an existing utility (rlt_fm command in this case), rather than doing the whole signal processing in Python.Continue reading “Building a repeater app for Linux, part 5: Subprocess for listening to the radio”
Building a mobile app for Linux, part 4: GPS/mobile tracking
Another important part of many mobile apps is location tracking – there is, fortunately, there is a built in api for most Linux systems called Geoclue that should work… There is even a Python-geoclue package, but after some digging I found that this package does not work in Python3. In fact it’s hard to find examples or documentation, if you look at the files of the package you can see there are some basic docs:Continue reading “Building a mobile app for Linux, part 4: GPS/mobile tracking”
Winlink setup on Linux in three easy steps!
One common misnomer about the amateur radio email network Winlink is that Winlink is just for Windows. Here is how to set up an account on Linux:Continue reading “Winlink setup on Linux in three easy steps!”
Building an amateur radio app for Librem Phone, part 3: Responsive on small screens
With a working Linux application, it’s time to test it out on a real (well, virtual) device. Starting up the emulator for debugging in the same way as before, to debug this project I ran:Continue reading “Building an amateur radio app for Librem Phone, part 3: Responsive on small screens”
Building an amateur radio app for Linux, part 2
In the previous post I showed how to add some icons to an application showing OpenStreetMap, with Python and GTK+. Next, I’ll show how to make a listing of nearest repeaters to selected area. The listing of all repeaters is in the local array, and since there is a .distance(lat,lon) that gives the distance to a point, the list of repeaters can be sorted by closest to a certain point that is selected – in the on_button_release function. The Python Gtk guide shows an example that can be integrated in to the code to add a Listbox. The listbox should be “self.listbox” so various functions can access and change it. Below the other widget/control code, this must be added, within a gtkScrollWindow or adding many items will expand the window awkwardly:Continue reading “Building an amateur radio app for Linux, part 2”
Building an amateur radio app for Linux, part 1
There are several amateur radio apps like Repeaterbook, but oddly enough no native Linux apps for offline map viewing? Why are all the radio repeater apps for iOS or Android? With the Librem 5 phone coming up, this is going to be an important app to make for Amateur radio enthusiasts! So let’s make the most feature-packed and easy to use repeater app using Python 3 and the osm-gps-map library:Continue reading “Building an amateur radio app for Linux, part 1”