Chapter 2. The Debian Hamradio Pure Blend

The Debian Hamradio Pure Blend is a project of the Debian Hamradio Maintainers Team who collaborate on maintenance of amateur-radio related packages for Debian. Every Pure Blend is a subset of Debian that is configured to support a particular target group out-of-the-box. This blend aims to support the needs of radio amateurs.

The Blend is built from a curated list of amateur radio software in Debian. The two main outputs from the Blend are a collection of "metapackages" and live images that can be put onto a DVD or a USB stick.

2.1. Installing the Blend

2.1.2. Installing on an existing Debian system

The packages in the Hamradio Pure Blend are categorised according to the area of amateur radio they belong to. The latest list of these categories can be found at the Blend tasks list.

Table 2-1. Debian Hamradio Tasks

CategoryDescriptionMetapackage
AntennasAntenna Modelling and Analysishamradio-antenna
Data ModesAmateur Data Modes (PSK31, SSTV, etc.)hamradio-datamodes
Digital VoiceDigital Voice (FreeDV, D-STAR*, etc.)hamradio-digitalvoice
LoggingAmateur Logbook Software (Simple and for contests)hamradio-logging
MorseMorse/CW Training and Toolshamradio-morse
Non-Amateur ModesNon-Amateur Modes (AIS, ADS-B, etc.)hamradio-nonamateur
Packet ModesAmateur Packet Modes (AX.25, APRS, etc.)hamradio-packetmodes
Rig ControlRig Control and Programming Softwarehamradio-rigcontrol
Satellite OperationSatellite Operation Toolshamradio-satellite
Software Defined RadioSoftware Defined Radio Tools (incl. HackRF and RTL-SDR)hamradio-sdr
ToolsMiscellaneous Toolshamradio-tools
TrainingAmateur Exam and Morse Traininghamradio-training

You can install the software that belongs to any of these categories using the APT package manager to install the metapackage for the category. For example, to install software related to antenna modelling and analysis:

# apt install hamradio-antenna