Installing WSJT-X on Linux Mint is a fairly easy process. WSJT-X is a software package developed by K1JT, Joe Taylor, for conducting weak signal communication using digital modes such as JT65, FT8, JT9, and JT4. It is available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux. In this article, we will discuss how to install WSJT-X on Linux Mint.
Before installing WSJT-X on Linux Mint, you should make sure that your system meets the minimum prerequisites. You should have a Linux Mint version 19.3 or later installed on your system, and you should have a working internet connection. You should also have a supported sound card, preferably with a USB audio interface.
Downloading the Software
The first step in installing WSJT-X on Linux Mint is to download the software package. You can download the latest version of the software from the official website at http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html. Once you have downloaded the package, extract the files to a convenient location on your hard drive.
The next step is to install the necessary dependencies. WSJT-X requires a few libraries to be installed in order to run properly. These libraries include Qt5 and libfftw3. To install these libraries, open a terminal window and type the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install qt5-default libfftw3-dev
Compiling the Source Code
Now that the dependencies are installed, you can begin compiling the source code. The source code for WSJT-X can be found in the extracted folder. To compile the source code, open a terminal window and navigate to the extracted folder. Then, type the following command:
Running the Software
Once the source code is compiled, you can begin running WSJT-X. To do this, open a terminal window and type the following command:
Configuring the Software
Now that WSJT-X is running, you can begin configuring the software. The first thing you should do is configure your callsign and other information. To do this, click on the “Settings” tab and then enter your information. You can also configure the sound card, audio levels, and other options from this tab.
Connecting to a Radio
Once you have configured the software, you can begin connecting to a radio. To do this, you will need a radio interface. These are available from many different manufacturers, and they provide a way to connect your computer to your radio. Once the interface is connected, you can select the “Radio” tab in WSJT-X and select the correct port.
Transmitting and Receiving Signals
Now that you have connected your radio to WSJT-X, you can begin transmitting and receiving signals. To begin transmitting, click on the “Transmit” tab and select the mode you wish to use. To receive signals, click on the “Receive” tab and select the mode you wish to use. You can also adjust the various parameters for each mode from this tab.
Installing WSJT-X on Linux Mint is a fairly simple process. You should ensure that your system meets the prerequisites, then download the software package, install the necessary dependencies, compile the source code, and configure the software. Once you have done all of this, you can begin connecting to a radio and transmitting and receiving signals.