[aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 3 00:54:55 CDT 2009

Hi Dave,

CrossOver (which is a configuration front-end to Wine), puts every program in its own "bottle", which is essentially its own PC.  That way, different programs don't stomp all over each other's DLLs, etc.  I've never had a problem with Admin rights, and looking for the equivalent of the Windows Registry I see a nice text file with stuff in it.  Apparently, Wine emulates the registry with its own database of sorts.  The entry is there, but not the com port.  Bummer.  My guess is that it isn't set until the Preferences page is saved.

I did a quick Google for other D7 programs, and didn't find much.  The Link program and a TCL/Expect script is about it, besides Kenwood's original.


> Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 14:58:02 +0100
> From: dave at uk-ar.co.uk
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?
> Hi Greg.
> Certainly, if it sends something, one would expect it to receive too.
> But who knows....
> HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\WA3HRL\link700\Version1\Settings\THD7ComPort
> Is where Link700 stores the D7 com port settings, in the Windows
> Registry.   Go up one level to get to other settings.
> There is also an entry at...
> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WA3HRL\link700\   But the key value
> is not set.
> You will need "Administrator rights" to install the program at least,
> maybe Wine faked them or is not letting it work the Registry correctly
> if you are now running as a limited user?
> I have no experience of Wine, but in general, take care doing stuff in
> the Windows Registry, one false move, and the result can range from just
> one program fails to work right, to Windows will fail to boot.
> Of course you could look up and contact WA3HRL, if he's not already
> lurking on this list.
> I have to say, with the popularity of the D7 and D700, I'm suprised
> there isn't a native Linux tool for them...
> Cheers.
> Dave G0WBX.
> ________________________________
> 	From: Greg D. [mailto:ko6th_greg at hotmail.com] 
> 	Sent: 02 June 2009 07:31
> 	To: aprssig at tapr.org
> 	Subject: Re: [aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?
> 	Hi Dave,
> 	Well, that does sound like it might be the problem (though I'd
> expect that if the BIOS calls don't work for receive, they shouldn't
> work for transmit either, and I DO see characters being sent to the
> radio.)
> 	I tried the Link700 software under Wine.  It installed fine, and
> looks like a good alternative to Kenwood's software.  But I can't
> configure it; neither the File->Preferences nor F2 do anything, so I
> can't configure the serial port.  Is the configuration file something
> that I can fake out with a simple text file, or is it more complicated
> than that?  I wonder if I install and configure it under Windows, and
> copy the config file...?
> 	Thanks for the suggestion,
> 	Greg  KO6TH
> 	> Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:59:43 +0100
> 	> From: dave at uk-ar.co.uk
> 	> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> 	> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?
> 	> 
> 	> I suspect some of the older Kenwood D7 PC utility code, tries
> to use
> 	> BIOS call's for serial ports, as they don't always work OK on
> WinNT
> 	> based systems. Try Link700, that run's fine on XP and the
> like, so
> 	> *May* do the right thing if you can present a vritual com port
> for it to
> 	> play with. It will also work with all versions (AFIK) of D7,
> and also
> 	> the D700, so you can transfer settings from rig to rig just
> fine. It
> 	> also handles a wider range of COM ports too.
> 	> 
> 	> Never used Wine, rarely use Linux. The times I have done for a
> specific
> 	> purpose, though usualy successful, has been fraught with
> hassles, mostly
> 	> relating to out of date instructions and conflicting
> information.
> 	> Seems to be "just the way it is" with "open source" stuff, not
> just
> 	> Linux based...
> 	> 
> 	> Cheers.
> 	> 
> 	> Dave G0WBX.
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