[amsat-bb] Re: beep box help
vk3jed at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 14:24:27 PDT 2012
At 03:44 AM 9/27/2012, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
>I'd love to get involved in that, and indeed I think a lot of the
>current thread was spawned by a discussion of tracking the F-1 sat.
>Unfortunately, there is only a Windows binary available of this
>software. I know amateur radio is a technical hobby, but I haven't
>the inclination to be a computer nerd as well, and I haven't the
>time, inclination or money to buy another computer and a copy of
>Windows and all the expensive training courses.
Well, the modern ham does need some level of computer expertise,
though not necessarily programming. You still have a few
options. The software may run under WINE (which runs on Linux and OS
X) - if this is the case, you're in luck, you don't need Windows, or
there's a number of virtual machine options - both free and
commercial that you could load a copy of Windows in. Virtualbox is a
free option, VMware is a commercial one that is no cost for Linux
(VMware Server), some cost for Macs. Parallels is another commercial
Mac alternative. Of course, with this approach, you'd need a copy of
Windows to install into the virtual machine.
Sadly, a lot of ham radio apps do require Windows. I have the same
issues, but VMware Fusion (with Windows 7) on the Mac gets around
that quite nicely.
73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL
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