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Antennas, Transmission lines, Propagation
- Coax Line
is a simple and fast app that allow you to calculate the loss of your coax line and calculate power output from your antenna system.
CocoaNec is a Mac OS X application intended primarily for the design and modeling of antennas.
- DX Toolbox
DX Toolbox gathers information from the web on solar and geomagnetic conditions that affect radio propagation. It displays in real-time Solar Flux, A-Index, K-Index, and much more.
- RF Toolbox
RF Toolbox (formerly Antenna Master) is an antenna design electronics/electrical tool package . It takes you step by step through the design of a variety of antenna types including Dipole, Fat Dipole, Yagi, J-Pole and more.
A Java-based application for development of Smith charts. Written by AE6TY for use with OS X, Windows, and Linux.
- T-Network Tuner Simulator
This is a simulator for the popular, series capacitor, parallel inductor T-network tuners. As a java applet/application, you can run this program through your web browser.
- Transmission Line Caculator Java
A transmission line caculator Java applet that can be run on your computer or by using your web browser and the Internet. See instructions for downloading and running on your computer.
(Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program) is free professional high-frequency (HF) propagation prediction software from NTIA/ITS, originally developed for Voice of America (VOA).
- Yagi Modeler
This java applet/application implements a simple yagi modeling code. The initial input is a really trivial 2-element yagi.
Audio Analysis, Recording and Signal Generation
- Amadeus Pro
Amadeus Pro is a powerful multitrack audio editor supporting a variety of formats including MP3, AAC and more. Has a variety of tools for adjusting audio, making sonograms or performing spectrum analysis of your recordings.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use open-source and cross-platform audio editor. You can use Audacity record, import/export, edit and perform detailed analysis of any recording.
Audiocorder is a sophisticated yet easy to use audio recording program that allows you to record from any audio source connected to your Mac with a click of a button.
Simple-to-use audio analysis and waveform visualization tool. It is now retired but we have used it and it works well.
iSpectrum is a free, simple and easy to use audio spectrum analyzer that allows the user to view live audio in a standard frequency plot as well as a waterfall display.
Cable-Free audio routing through virtual audio cables. Ideal for connecting ham radio software to a variety of inputs and outputs.
- Mac The Scope
Professional quality signal analyzer, 1/3 octave RTA, signal generator, and more. Perform real-time analysis using your Mac’s sound input for the signal source.
SignalScope is a signal analyzer designed to work with Mac OS X compatible audio hardware. It functions as a FFT analyzer as well as an oscilloscope. Also available in a Pro version.
- Sound Siphon
Cable-free routing of audio between any applications using virtual audio devices. An excellent way to connect SDRs and other radios to a variety of input and outputs.
Versatile, real-time, precision signal / waveform generator. Precision waveform generation with 6 digit frequency resolution and an intuitive, easy to use analog-style signal generator user interface.
Full featured audio editor for Mac OS X v10.4 or newer as well as iPad. Free for home use, or purchase for full access to professional features.
Circuit Design, Analysis, Aids
- DesignWorks for Mac
Draw, save, edit and print complete professional circuit diagrams using powerful features like bussing, multi-level Undo/Redo, and automatic gate packaging.
KiCad is an open-source cross-platform schematic capture software package for circuit design.
- LTspice IV
LTspice IV is a powerful simulation and schematic capture, PCB layout and 3D viewer package for OS X, Windows and Linux.
- MacSpice 3
MacSpice simulates and analyses electronic circuits that can range in complexity from a single resistor to an integrated circuit comprising tens-of-thousands of devices.
- Osmond PCB
Osmond PCB is a flexible Macintosh application that allows anyone to easily design printed circuit boards. Continuously updated, flexible, and easy-to-use.
PCBWarrior is a PCB-Layout software for older systems. Includes an easy, intuitive workflow with no limitation in board size, part count or layers.
- Physics 101 SE
Complete Physics calculator including circuit design. Build a virtual series-parallel resistor circuit with mulitple voltage sources. Check the currents anywhere in the circuit and find the power, current and voltage through every resistor!
- Solve Elec
Software for electronic circuit analysis and resolution. With Solve Elec you can draw and analyze electrical circuits (AC or DC), get literal formulas and values for current and voltages, verify circuit equations, draw graphs, and more.
- 3830 Scores
Online submission and analysis of scores for contests
- Cab Converter
Cab-converter(TM) is a program that helps amateur radio contesters by converting a log from a radio contest into the Cabrillo file format which may be submitted to the contest.
Worldwide home for contesting information and advice.
- Country Contest Files
Updated country files for use in most contesting software as well as some general logging and digital mode software.
- SM3CER Contest Service
European-centric website dedicated to HF contesting.
- WA7BNM Contest Calendar
Excellent website with comprehensive contest coverage, RSS feed and iCal interface as well.
Digital Modes, CW, APRS, TNCs
The aprs.io iOS app allows you to obtain immediate, real-time access to current APRS position information, weather reports, telemetry graphs, and more. Zoom and browse around the world and see stations immediately – no waiting.
- Cocoa Modem 2.0
Digital mode software that supports RTTY, PSK, MFSK, Hellschreiber, CW, and ASCII transmission along with SITOR-B, HF Fax and Synchronous AM reception. Developed by W7AY.
D-RATS is a small application designed to provide data communication capabilities with D-STAR radios. It supports text chatting, file transfers, position reporting and mapping, and much more!
- EchoHAM (formerly EchoMac)
This is a program for MacOS X to access the EchoLink system.
- EchoLink for iOS
EchoLink for iOS.
Open source digital modes program that supports Contestia, CW, DominoEX, Hellschreiber, MFSK, MT63, NAVTEX/SITOR-B, Olivia, PSK, RTTY, Thor, Throb, WeFax and more. Developed by W1HKJ.
Connects your Macintosh to a broad range of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, Loran-C, DECCA, and OMEGA navigational units.
- iWSPR TX
iWSPR TX is a WSPR implementation for iPhone and iPad that allows you to transmit and receive WSPR signals with just your iOS device and a simple audio cable connected to your radio. It’s great for checking an antenna during a SOTA operation, field day, or making adjustments to your home antenna system.
S8Call is a derivative of the WSJT-X application, restructured and redesigned for keyboard-to-keyboard message passing.
Software that watches WSJT-X for CQ and flags new callsigns or new/unconfirmed DXCC entities. Can log entries to MacLoggerDX, RUMlogNG, and Aether as well. Written using Xcode and Swift.
- MacGPS Pro
MacGPS Pro is software for linking a GPS Receiver to any Macintosh. It allows import of maps, and supports real-time positioning, tracking, waypoints, and much more.
K1GQ’s OS X native application for complete operation and settings on WinKeyer.
- Morse Decoder
Takes audio input from the microphone or other input source, decodes Morse Code, and displays the text on the screen. Includes a variety of options.
- Morse Decoder for iOS
Takes audio input from the microphone, decodes Morse Code, and displays the text on the screen. Includes a variety of options.
MultiMode allows you to decode and transmit morse code, RTTY, FAX, SSTV, SITOR-B, NAVTEX, PACKET, ACARS, PSK31, ALE, and more without any extra hardware.
- MultiScan 3B
Send and receive analog SSTV in most common modes. Functional, but with problems on newer version of OS X/macOS.
APRS client for iOS and OS X incorporating a software-based TNC; allowing you to directly capture, visualize, or encode and transmit packets using a VHF transceiver or internet connection.
PSK31 send and receive client for iOS, complete with configurable macros, automatic frequency locking, realtime sonogram, and support for mic and line-in as well as speaker and line-out.
iOS client to send or receive SSTV using an audio connect cable, or simply set your iPad or iPhone next to your radio’s speaker and microphone.
WSJT-X implements communication protocols or "modes" called FT8, JT4, JT9, JT65, QRA64, ISCAT, MSK144, and WSPR, as well as one called Echo for detecting and measuring your own radio signals reflected from the Moon. These modes were all designed for making reliable, confirmed QSOs under extreme weak-signal conditions.
Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) software for analysis of propagation paths using very weak signals. Supports automatic online reporting of receptions reports.
- WSPRLite Configuration Tool
for OSX allows you to configure your SOTABEAMS WSPRLite transmitter.
APRS software; requires XFree86/XDarwin (X windows); instructions for installing on the Mac with OSX are provided in read me files included with package.
“Yet Another APRS Client” is a platform-independent Java application that can be used as a stand-along APRS client, and RF-Internet gateway, or as an AX-25 router. Supports 11 different data reporting views and can be extended with user-developed plugins.
- DX Maps
Excellent tool for finding and analyzing VHF/UHF openings. Available email notifications ensure you’ll never miss a VHF/UHF opening near you.
Online DX Cluster with many specialized pages for clubs, specific digital modes, and more.
iDXCluster is an easy to use DX Cluster program geared towards SW listeners, DXers, utility monitors, and others.
Spot is a DXCluster client program for Mac OS X that automated spot and announcement filtering, automatic call sign lookup, and more. Powerful tool for DXCluster analysis.
- Elecraft Software
Configuration and update software for the Elecraft K-line of hardware, including the K3S, K3, KX3, P3, PX3, KPA500, KAT500, KXPA100, and more. Elecraft continues to be the only Amateur Radio equipment line that provides updates and software that actively supports users on OS X.
- FTDI VCP Drivers
Signed drivers for FTDI devices. Some devices that don’t work properly with the default Apple FTDI driver function normally with this driver.
- microHAM Interfaces
High-end interfaces for rig control and digital modes. A variety of models and feature sets. Some products require use of “helper” applications on OS X like RUMrouter (DL2RUM) or uRouter (W7AY) while others work out-of-the-box with OS X and FTDI drivers.
- Pignology, LLC
Maker of unique remote-control and wireless-control solutions, such as PigRemote v2 and Piglet. Includes full support of OS X and is supported by RUMlog2Go on iOS.
- Prolific PL2303 Drivers
Signed device drivers for the popular PL2303 USB-Serial devices.
- Radio Arena
UK-based supplier of USB CAT, audio, ICOM CT-17 and other cables for all makes of radios. Many products are compatible with OS X.
- Silicon Labs VCP Drivers
Signed device drivers for the popular Silicon Labs built-in UART devices used in Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu equipment.
- Tigertronics SignaLink USB
Arguably the most popular digital mode interface. Provides a high-quality, isolated external sound card and PTT capability (No rig control) in a compact package fully supported in OS X.
- Timewave Navigator
High-performance interface with CAT, PTT, WinKeyer, and true FSK all from a single USB cable. Has yet to release signed drivers for OS X 10.10 and beyond.
- Tripplite USA-19HS USB-Serial Adapter
USB-Serial adapter for OS X. Includes full driver support for Mac OS 8.6 through the latest versions of OS X!
- Valley Enterprises
Supplier of a number of USB-Serial and USB programming cables for a wide variety of amateur and two-way radios.
Elmer covers all elements, and prepares sample exams, which you take on your Mac. Each exam is graded, and you get to see which questions you missed.
- Ham Tests
Ham Tests is an OS X or iOS application that provides practice tests for the U.S. amateur radio qualification exams. All three question pools are available. You can either take a randomly generated test or run through the entire question pool.
- Koch Trainer
Koch Trainer is a morse code trainer for iOS and OS X that uses the Koch Method developed by the German psychologist Ludwig Koch in the 1930’s.
The Morse Code Teaching Machine software first described in QST, May 1977. This program teaches you to receive Morse code.
- Morse Runner
is a Windows-based contest simulator developed by Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA. Using Wineskin, it has been successfully and seamlessly run under OSX, and made available by Detrick Merz, KI4STU for download.
Morse Mania is a morse code tutor for OS X that provides three modules to help you learn morse code: (1) Learn Characters ; (2) Guess a Character and (3) Copy Groups.
- Practice Amateur Radio Exams
are available online from QRZ.COM. These are interactive and will help you determine if you are ready to take your Amateur Radio license exam.
Aether is a logging application for Mac OS X and includes tools to quickly and easily log, organize, search and track your QSOs later. Designed for OS X, Aether has the clean, intuitive, friendly interface you’ve come to expect on a Mac.
Logging software for OS X and iOS, as well as Android. Optimized for operating portable or mobile, such as during Field Day. Support rig control via Piglet wireless interface.
- HamLog FD
A Field Day logger client for iOS, OS X and Android to talk with HamLog Field Day Server. Logs are synchronized with the FDS meaning you could use iPad’s at each station, all talking to the server, and keep the logs synchronized.
- HamLog FDS
Server-side application to work with HamLog FD. Takes logs from all stations using HamLog FD on the same network and combines them to one log.
Modern logging program that can run on all major platforms. Offers a nice, clean interface, support for CAT, CW keying, LoTW and eQSL, DX Cluster and much more.
Rewrite of former Linux-only KLog. Runs on OS X, Linux and Windows. Excellent multi-language support and expected logbook capabilities including QSL management, awards support, DX Cluster, Satellite and IOTA support, and more.
The Swiss Army Knife of Amateur Radio. Logging software with CAT support for close to 100 radios, DX Cluster, 2D/3D maps, CW keyed, rag chew or contest modes, award tracking, QSL generation and MUCH more.
- MacLoggerDX HD for iPad
iPad application that includes a logging function, DX Cluster to monitors spots, support for DXing, contesting or casual QSOs, log sync with MacLoggerDX, and much more.
- QSO Upload Utility
QSO Upload Utility sends new logged, deleted or edited contacts to several online services. Following online logbooks are currently supported:
Contact logging tool for amateur radio from DL2RUM. Similar to, and log file compatible, with OS X logger software RUMlog.
RUMlogNG is a logger especially made for the DXer by a DXer. Logging features are included for bands up to 1.2 cm. Support for LoTW, eQSL, ClubLog, Paper QSL label printing, along with CAT control of many rigs.
SCR-Log is freeware for School, Club, and Individual class stations participating in the School Club Roundup.
SkookumLogger is a full-featured contest software package suitable for the most demanding contester.
The YeaLogger is meant to be a simple and straight forward logging software for common HF band and common operating modes. Apparently no longer under development.
QSL, Reverse Beacon, and Reporter Services
- Club Log
A free web-based tool for producing DXCC league tables, expedition tools, log search services, online QSL requests, propagation analysis, and most-wanted lists for ham radio.
Online electronic QSL service with easy-to-use setup and use. Maintains own awards program and “AG” (Authenticity Guaranteed) QSLs are valid for some none-eQSL awards as well, but NOT for ARRL awards.
Online QSL printing and shipping provider. Simply upload your ADIF file and your QSLs are professionally printed and then shipped via the bureau system. Cost competitive with paper QSLs with no hassle!
Free amateur radio call book. Includes call database including free XML search (for registered users), DX Cluster, Forums and more.
HRDLOG.net is an independent online logbook, free for all Amateur Radio Operators. First launched in December 2008 as the online logbook of Ham Radio Deluxe, it is now integrated with many other logbook programs.
- Logbook of the World
The ARRL’s official online QSL service. The only online service valid for ARRL awards and some CQ awards. Earn DXCC, WAS, WPX, and more without sending paper QSLs. The choice of most major DX, DXpedition, and contest stations.
- PSK Reporter
Graphical presentation of spot reports, including from skimmers and reverse beacon systems, showing stations you can hear and who can hear you. Great for analyzing the performance of a new antenna or determining best time for a particular propagation path
Callsign lookup, online QSL system, news, forums and more for the Amateur Radio community.
- TQSL Trusted QSL
Software used to convert a log file (in ADIF or Cabrillo file format) into a file of digitally signed QSO data, ready for submission to ARRL’s LoTW.
Reverse beacon network for WSPR mode. Allow you to see who you hear as well as who can hear you worldwide. Historical database contain more than 220 million spots.
Radio Control and Programming
Chirp provides frequency memory management for many Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, and Wouxun handheld & mobile radios. It is free, open source, and cross platform written in Python.
Part of the Fl* suite, Flrig is a transceiver control program designed to be used either stand alone or as an adjunct to Fldigi. Supports nearly 50 transceivers from Elecraft, Kenwood, Yaesu, TenTec, Icom and others.
- IC-R75 Navigator
Allows Mac users to take control of their ICOM IC-R75 communications receiver through a serial port such as the ZLP CT62. Direct frequency entry, filter and mode control, and browsing of stored memories.
- KX3UI / K3UI / K2UI
OS X apps to control Elecraft radios from your Mac using a wired serial port or using the Piglet wireless serial adapter. The app has a CW/DATA terminal using the radio’s CW/DATA decode functionality, user-defined macros, CW and VFO memories as well.
A Remote Control Program for the Elecraft K2 Amateur Radio Transceiver using the Apple Macintosh
- MacMemories Manager
MacMemoriesManager provides amateur radio memory management for some radios. MacMemoriesManager is free but unsupported. Development discontinued in 2009.
- RT Systems radio programming software for MacOS
RT Systems has released MacOS versions of their popular programming software for several radios.
tk92 is open source software designed for Radio Shack PRO-92 and PRO-2067 multi-system trunking scanners. Chiefly intended for Linux, MacOS X, and BSD users.
vxur allows reading from and vxuw allows writing to a Yaesu / Vertex Standard VX-5R (and similar) handheld radios in clone mode. These command line utilities allow easy backup of the rig memory.
is a rig controller, based on the Wizkers framework. It gives you not only direct access to VFOs and radio settings, but also provides a complete operation dashboard including memory, monitoring and graphing of all radio and amplifier parameters (temperature, power, voltage, current) as well as a terminal interface to operate digital modes (psk, cw, rtty).
Software Defined Radio (SDR)
- Cocoa RTL Server
Application to make a RTL dongle appear as a networked SDR using the RF Space protocol, for use with software like SdrDx.
Open-source cross-platform SDR software for a wide variety of SDR receivers
Basic SDR software, based upon Qt, for use on OS X with RF Space Software Defined Radios
SDR software for control of the Flex Signature Series SDR radios.
GNU Radio is a free & open-source software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios. It can be used with readily-available low-cost external RF hardware to create software-defined radios, or without hardware in a simulation-like environment. It is widely used in research, industry, academia, government, and hobbyist environments to support both wireless communications research and real-world radio systems.
SDR software supporting RFSPACE SDR-IP/SDR-IQ/NetSDR, FunCube Pro and Pro +, Ettus Research, RTL-SDR, HackRF Jawbreaker, AirSpy and more.
- Peaberry CW
This is an application for QSK CW on your Peaberry SDR. Use a key or paddle plugged directly into the key jack.
- SDR Voice Keyer for Mac
The SDR Voice Keyer can run on the Mac with dogparkSDR or FlexRadio SmartSDR running in a virtual PC or even on another Mac or Microsoft Windows PC on the same network. You do not need xDax or xCat as SDR Voice Keyer handles all audio and control functions on its own.
SDR software supporting RFSPACE, FunCube Pro, Andrus MK1.5, AFEDRI, FunCube Pro Plus, Peaberry, and Softrock SDR receivers. Developed by AA7AS.
- SmartSDR for IOS
s a full featured radio client that enables your iPad or iPhone to operate your FlexRadio device.
xDAX provides a MacOS DAX audio interface to the FlexRadio SmartSDR
Space Communications (EME/Satellite)
GPredict is a satellite tracking program designed for Linux, but able to be installed on OS X via use of MacPorts or Fink.
MacDoppler will provide any level of station automation you need from assisted Doppler Tuning and Antenna Pointing right on up to fully automated Satellite Gateway operation.
Complete moon bounce tracking and scheduling solution. Realtime moon tracking, moon range and dB loss, mutual AZ/EL data, partial call finder, and much more.
PREDICT is a satellite tracking program designed primarily to run on Linux, but portable enough to run on Mac OS X thanks to the Unix underpinnings of OS X.
- Satellite Ham Radio (HamSat) for iOS
HamSat is part of the Sat series of applications (ISS, HamSat and ProSat) and is a visualization/utility application that allows Ham Radio operators wanting to work the amateur ham radio satellites to see the location of the satellites in realtime over the Earth (up to two satellites may be tracked simultaneously).
is a satellite tracking software, for radio amateurs, scientists or hobbyists.
Scientific-grade interactive astronomical ephemeris software package for UNIX-like systems. Always runs and builds easily under OS X and xquartz.
- Black Cat CW Keyer
Black Cat CW Keyer lets you send morse code from your computer. You can type out the text to be sent (immediately or buffered) as well as create and send from one key macros.
- CI-V Redirect
CI-V Redirect is a dock application that creates a fixed name for the IC-7610's USB CI-V port.
cocoaPTT is a simple MacOS X application for controlling the Request To Send (RTS) or the Data Terminal Ready (DTR) pin of a serial port via direct action, AppleScript, or via uRouter.
- Discover 7610
Discover 7610 is a program to enumerate the ports in the USB 1 connector in the rear panel of the Icom IC-7610.
DOSBox is a DOS-emulator that uses the SDL-library which makes DOSBox very easy to port to different platforms. Run old DOS software on OS X.
EarthDesk replaces your static desktop picture with ever-changing maps of the world with correct sun and moon illumination. Eleven different projections with Political and Satellite maps and optional near-real-time HD cloud cover.
A menu clock replacement recently updated with HAM related information.
- JMM – Java Multi Meter
JMM is data-acquisition software for digital multimeters equipped with a rs-232 port, such as the Metex 3850 and many others.
is a utility to map JT9, JT65 and WSJT-X stations in real time.
OS X application to control and display information from the Elecraft KAT500 automatic antenna tuner. Developed by DL2RUM.
RadarScope is a specialized display utility that allows you to view NEXRAD Level 3 radar data and severe weather warnings from any NEXRAD radar site in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico.. Uses real Level 3 radar data, not smoothed PNG or GIF images.
is a full featured serial terminal for the Mac. It allows you to connect your Mac to packet radio TNCs, amateur radio equipment (meters, controllers, etc), as well as raspberry pi, routers, switches, firewalls and IoT devices.
- Serial Tools
Serial Tools is a set of serial port tools for Mac OS X. It includes a Terminal Emulator, a Protocol Analyzer and a serial port monitor to watch for connections and removals of serial ports.
- Solar Data Widget
Finally there is a Mac Dashboard Widget version of Paul Herrmans, N0NBH, solar terrestrial data!
- UTC Clock
UTC Clock is a simple clock designed to display UTC (GMT, zulu, etc.) time under the menu bar clock. It uses very little resources, screen real estate, and no Dock space.
VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application that allows you to run multiple operating systems at the same time on your computer. With VirtualBox you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, all alongside your existing Mac applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like — the only practical limits are disk space and memory.
WeatherCat is hardware weather station software for Macintosh computers.
WeatherSnoop connects your Mac to your favorite weather station or Internet-based data source to provide you with a rich graphical representation of your weather data. Available in Lite and Pro versions.
- World Label
Over 100 label templates for use with Pages, including Avery equivalent labels as well as other speciality labels.