tk8500 v0.6 open source software for ICOM IC-R8500 now available

tk8500 v0.6 open source software for ICOM IC-R8500 now available

Post by Bob Parnass, AJ9 » Mon, 29 Jul 2002 01:44:20

Version 0.6 of tk8500 is now available at:

tk8500 is open source software designed to control
and program the ICOM IC-R8500 receiver.  Programmed using Tcl/Tk,
it runs on Linux, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP,
and perhaps MacOS X.

(You must install the free Tcl/Tk interpreter prior to running
tk8500.  See web page for instructions.)

New features in experimental version 0.6 include:

  Users can now separate the sliders and keypad controls into
  a separate Adjustments window. This permits smaller sized
  windows when using a low resolution monitor (e.g., 800x600).

  A new Frequency Usage Note field is shown below the
  digital frequency display. A note can be defined for
  each memory channel in the .csv file and can be several
  characters long.  Users may choose a custom font style and
  size for the Note field or hide it completely.
  The Note is distinct from the 8 character label stored
  within the radio.

  The Session History window now displays the first 8 characters
  of the frequency label.

  A tk8500.bat file and new installation procedure is used to
  provide the same installation for all versions Windows.

See Release Notes web page for more info.

I don't warrant the software, though it won't cost you anything.

Bob Parnass, AJ9S               Linux User