[amsat-bb] SatPC32 via Wine on Ubuntu

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 23:15:31 UTC 2014

Hi Rick,

Is the radio doing anything when you click on C- (going to C+) to enable 
the CAT system?  If not, then you probably don't have the serial port 
side of things set up yet.

When you boot the system, Linux will create a set of "device files" in 
the /dev directory.  One of these, probably /dev/ttyS0, is your real 
serial port.  Wine needs to know how to map the DOS / Windows Com ports 
to these device files, and does that with a set of links in 
~/.wine/dosdevices.  If you go to that directory and type ls -l, you 
should see something like this:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 greg users 10 Dec 31  2011 com1 -> /dev/ttyS0
lrwxrwxrwx 1 greg users 10 Dec 15  2013 com2 -> /dev/ttyS1
lrwxrwxrwx 1 greg users 10 Dec  8  2013 com3 -> /dev/ttyS2
lrwxrwxrwx 1 greg users 10 Dec  8  2013 com4 -> /dev/ttyS3

If those files don't exist, you can create them with the command:

ln -l /dev/ttyS0 com1

Restart SatPC32 and see if that gets some activity out of the radio.

If the files do exist (and SatPC32 is configured to use the right one), 
then it might be that your user permissions don't allow you to access 
the serial ports.  You can either run the program as root (not 
recommended), or change your user permissions to include "dialout" or 
"UUCP" in the list of groups (I forget which is the right one).

Good luck,

Greg  KO6TH

Richard Lawn wrote:
> Some of you may have been following my attempts to continue to use a
> vacation house P4 that had been running XP (still is but its painful to
> watch and wait). I've been trying to familiarize myself with Linux using
> Ubunbtu. I got FlDigi to work fine and WSJTX as well as a good log program
> called CQrlog.
> I got stumped though with my satellite operation. I tried with helpd to get
> GPredict running but it (or Hamlib) was still buggy on the FT947 even with
> the latest version.
> I then, with help, installed Wine and dowloaded my favorite program -
> SatPC32. To my surprise it works....almost. I don't seem to have Frequency
> adjustment at the radio by using the CAT controls in the software. I also
> can't change the mode to CW through the software. Is anyone using SatPC32
> on a Linux platform? If so I'd like to connect tap your brain.
> 73 and hope to see you on the birds from my portable location at FN21
> Rick
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