[amsat-bb] Re: Software must have list

Jim Sanford wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Sat Aug 18 17:04:35 PDT 2012

Here's my list, for what it's worth:

Nova (It does some things better than SatPC32, some not as well -- I 
have and use both)
Smith chart program
Some kind of CAD program for doing schematic and other drawings (I use 
TurboCAD, mostly because I've used it for over 15 years and found a new 
version relatively expensively)
Elsie filter design software (say you want a better diplexer to use 2m 
and 70cm radios on the same dual-band antenna, Elsie will let you design 
up to 7 or 9 poles)
Obvious office stuff (I use OpenOffice, tho have MS on the laptop for 
the rare occasion OO doesn't quite cut it)
Skype -- don't use it often, but nice to have when you want it, 
especially with all the time I spend in hotel rooms
A good restore disk creator.  I had to buy one for the XP desktop, but 
think the Win7 laptop came with it, albeit VERY difficult to find.
Finally, a manual -- continuing the tradition of refusing to provide 
user documentation with the product (it's all in the help files -- yeah, 
right) I bought Windows 7, the missing manual from O'Reilly. Missing 
manual is a series, this is the first one I've bought, and it has been 
VERY helpful in figuring out Win7.  I hate the new interface (why must 
they tinker for the sake of tinkering?!) but I really do like the much 
faster boot, awake, and shutdown of Win7 compared to XP (on comparable 
processors -- replaced both machines within a month of each other.)

I'll be eager to see others' lists -- probably a WHOLE lot better ideas 
out there!

Good luck!

wb4gcs at amsat.org

On 8/18/2012 4:50 PM, Andrew Glasbrenner wrote:
> So my 4 yr old XP shack computer is in critical care right now, and I 
> have a new quad core Win 7 HP that I'm setting up today. So far I've 
> downloaded and installed:
> SatPC32 (still working on the speech error problem)
> MixW 3
> HDR 5.sumthing
> Spectravue
> next up is WSJT
> What must have ham radio programs, especially satellite/vhf/uhf, do 
> you have and recommend?
> 73, Drew KO4MA
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