Free SWL and ham software

There are many free software programs available for shortwave listeners and ham radio operators. Some popular options include:

  1. HDSDR: A software-defined radio (SDR) program that allows users to listen to and record shortwave radio signals. It is compatible with a wide range of SDR hardware.
  2. SDR#: Another SDR program that is popular among shortwave listeners and ham radio operators. It has a user-friendly interface and a wide range of features, including support for multiple SDR hardware devices.
  3. Fldigi: A digital mode software that allows users to transmit and receive text and data messages over the air. It is commonly used by ham radio operators for digital modes such as PSK31 and RTTY.
  4. WSJT-X: A software suite that includes several digital modes specifically designed for weak-signal communication, including FT8, JT65, and JT9. It is popular among ham radio operators for making contacts in challenging propagation conditions.
  5. CHIRP: A program for programming and managing amateur radio repeaters and frequencies. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

There are many other free software programs available as well, each with its own specific features and capabilities. It is worth exploring different options to find the one that best meets your needs and interests.

Here is a nice list of software utilities for the shortwave listener and ham radio operators

Most of this free software for amateur radio or shortwave runs on Windows platforms.

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