> With hamlib and my FT-450 I can only access frequency and rig mode. With
> rigCAT I can also select filter bandwidth. With flrig I also can select
> settings for 10 other rig functions.
> I think a persons choice for rig control would depend on their operating
> Ed W3NR
As for me, I've used HamLib successfully over the years with a variety
of radios. Also some receivers too.
One thing I found out early on was that because the development work on
the individual radio modules is all done by volunteers, mostly the
person writing the module doesn't have access to the radio itself to
test all of the functions. So they rely on us to do some testing and
report back anything that does not work well. I have had lots of luck
working with some of the developers over the years getting features fine
tuned or added for various radios I owned at one time or another.
I generally used CuteCom under Linux to do the testing and debugging of
the actual CAT commands. This is a GUI based application and works so
easily for this. Once the developer knows what needs to be seen by the
radio, it's easy to add it.
Even just sending along S-meter calibration data to the maintainer for
your radio helps. I have access to a bunch of communications service
monitors here so I can generate calibrated signal strengths. And getting
the table for the S-meter right is something anyone who has access to a
generator can forward to the maintainer for your radio's module.
It's always amazing to me how well HamLib works when some of the
programming is done straight from the manual with the maintainer not
necessarily having your exact radio in front of them.
If we lend a little hand, we can make HamLib even better.
I know I'll do what I can. And thanks and kudos to the HamLib devel team.
Rick Kunath, k9ao