Start by downloading here -----> https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop
You’ll want the Ubuntu 18.04.3 Long Term Support edition. After downloading the .img file, burn the image to a DVD using your favorite DVD burner software (I use CDBurnerXP) to get a DVD to load Ubuntu onto your target PC (when selecting your target machine, make sure it’s at least an i3 to i5 (even better if it’s an i7) - - it should also be a PC with USB 4.0 ports, too…IT MUST HAVE A USB 3.0 port to run the Lime). Install Ubuntu 18.04 LTS onto your target machine, just watch the prompts and follow the instructions. In something short of 15 minutes you will have a working machine with everything you need to install LimeSuite and LinHPSDR.
After you load the OS and it’s up and running after reboot, now it’s time to install all the dependencies you need to install LinHPSDR. Generally, you do ALL your installation and compiling using Terminal and doing everything on the command line. So open a Terminal (little black screen icon to the left) and let’s get started:
Installing LimeSuite after OS load:
In terminal type (or copy paste into terminal):
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:myriadrf/drivers
sudo apt update
Then install LimeSuite and all it’s dependencies by copy/paste (or type) the following:
sudo apt install limesuite liblimesuite-dev limesuite-udev limesuite-images soapysdr soapysdr-module-lms7
Once you’ve got everything installed, try to launch LimeSuite with your LimeSDR attached and see if it comes up by doing the following on the command line:
It’ll launch and then you can see if your Lime can be connected - you’vr used LimeSuite in Windows, so there’s no differences whatsoever between Windows and Linux. Once you know you have your Lime running on LimeSuite, then close it and type the following into command line with your Lime still attached:
sudo LimeUtil --find
…and it’ll come back with the stats of your Lime. Then try this:
sudo SoapySDRUtil --find
…and it should come back with the same thing, just more stats on your Lime. When you see all this working, it’s time to load all the dependencies for LinHPSDR and compile it. Disconnect your Lime and let’s get started…!
Installing LinHPSDR dependencies:
On the command line of the Terminal window, copy/paste (or type) each line and execute it:
sudo apt-get install libfftw3-dev
sudo apt-get install libpulse-dev
sudo apt-get install libsoundio-dev
sudo apt-get install libgtk-3-dev
sudo apt-get install libsoapysdr-dev
To be safe, let’s install these dependencies for compiling and pulling code:
sudo apt-get install git
sudo apt-get install cmake
Now, it’s time to install and compile WDSP. So get on the command line and type the following and execute each line.
git clone https://github.com/g0orx/wdsp.git
sudo make install
Now you have WDSP installed, let’s go for the last thing - installing LinHPSDR:
git clone https://github.com/g0orx/linhpsdr.git
sudo make install
At this point - YOU’RE SET…!! You have all the tools now to start LineHPSDR and see if it can discover your Lime. Reconnect your Lime to your USB 3.0 port and do the following from the LinHPSDR subdirectory (which is where you’re at), so type on the command line to launch LinHPSDR:
It’ll takes a few seconds for it to launch and when it does a window will appear that will (hopefully) show your LimeSDR connected and recognized as a radio that can start. Click on the START button on that form and then the receive spectra and waterfall will open. At that point you can tune and also change modes (USB, LSB, AM, FM, etc). I would highly recommend that you download the PDF how to run LimeHPSDR here -----> https://saure.org/cq-nrw/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/linhpsdr-user.pdf
Hopefully this will get you started and on the road to recovery. There’s still work that needs to be done on this app for HF, but it’s getting close and it’s at least a more familiar GUI to you than other apps.
Let me know if you have any issues with the build or run into any snags, Ed.
73 de Marty, KN0CK