[amsat-bb] SatPC32 via Wine on Ubuntu

Greg D ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 23:39:13 UTC 2014

Next step, I presume, you've configured SatPC32 to aim at the serial 
port.  Screen shot attached (let me know if this doesn't get posted 
properly); note the missing text in the middle window - a common bug 
with the use of Wine.  Click on the upper number (probably "0" if it's 
not configured) that's in the field to the right, and enter the com port 
number in the box to the right of that.  On my system, it's com3; your 
PC will probably use com1.

Good luck,

Greg  KO6TH

Greg D wrote:
> 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
>> W2JAZ
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