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* [[fftv]] [http://fftv.sourceforge.net/]
 
* [[fftv]] [http://fftv.sourceforge.net/]
* [http://www.stanford.edu/~blp/fmtools/ fmtools] also for the command-line (most distros)
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* [[fmtools]]
** [http://cajun.sourceforge.net/ cajun] for making your own car or home audio system
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** [http://www.dashpc.com/ DashPC] for car radio and more from Linux Automotive
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* [http://gkrellm.luon.net/gkrellm-radio.phtml gkrellm-radio] -- minimalistic [http://gkrellm.net gkrellm] plugin to control radio tuners
 
* [http://gkrellm.luon.net/gkrellm-radio.phtml gkrellm-radio] -- minimalistic [http://gkrellm.net gkrellm] plugin to control radio tuners
 
* [http://www.wh-hms.uni-ulm.de/~mfcn/gnomeradio gnomeradio] -- for Gnome, capable of recording
 
* [http://www.wh-hms.uni-ulm.de/~mfcn/gnomeradio gnomeradio] -- for Gnome, capable of recording
 
* [http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuradio/ GNU Radio] -- the GNU software radio, testing phase; cf. [http://comsec.com/wiki?GnuRadio2.X wiki]
 
* [http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuradio/ GNU Radio] -- the GNU software radio, testing phase; cf. [http://comsec.com/wiki?GnuRadio2.X wiki]
 
* [http://foobazco.org/projects/gradio/ gradio] -- in Debian, but not currently active
 
* [http://foobazco.org/projects/gradio/ gradio] -- in Debian, but not currently active
* [[ivtv-radio]] -- part of the ivtv-utils package
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* [[ivtv-radio]] [http://ivtvdriver.org/index.php/Howto:Radio_tuner] -- part of the ivtv-utils package
 
* [http://kradio.sourceforge.net/ KRadio] for KDE
 
* [http://kradio.sourceforge.net/ KRadio] for KDE
 
* [[MPlayer#Using_MPlayer_for_Radio_Listening|MPlayer]] -- media player for Linux. See link for radio usage information  
 
* [[MPlayer#Using_MPlayer_for_Radio_Listening|MPlayer]] -- media player for Linux. See link for radio usage information  
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==Also See==
 
==Also See==
 
* For [[Radio Data System (RDS)#What devices can receive RDS information|devices capable of receiving RDS information]], see the associated [[Radio Data System (RDS)#User applications|userspace applications]].
 
* For [[Radio Data System (RDS)#What devices can receive RDS information|devices capable of receiving RDS information]], see the associated [[Radio Data System (RDS)#User applications|userspace applications]].
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* [[dvbradio]] (part of the [[xawtv#Associated_Utilities_2|v4 xawtv package]]) as an example of a specific application for listening to radio streams embedded within dvb transport streams
  
 
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If you're a user, post your installation and user experiences here!
 
If you're a user, post your installation and user experiences here!
 
=== fmtools ===
 
The package contains two binaries, fm and fmscan. To pick up all stations even with very weak reception, I issued,
 
 
$ fmscan -d /dev/radio2 fmscan -d /dev/radio3 -t 18 -i 0.1
 
Scanning range: 87.9 - 107.9 MHz (0.2 MHz increments)...
 
 
Nice and clean. I added an antenna, but still got weak reception. This is very useful for testing the radio and finding the stations; does it support directing the sound to a file? I try various combinations and end up with this to get 100% volume:
 
 
$ fm -d /dev/radio3 89.9 65535
 
Radio tuned to 89.88 MHz at 100.00% volume
 
 
Weird. I don't see a way to record; do I need to use sox? I don't know if I'm getting any sound, as I don't have speakers on this box.
 
 
Sox is what gnomeradio uses to record and it thankfully sends commands it uses to standard out.
 
 
for wav file:
 
 
sox -c2 -w -r32000 -tossdsp /dev/audio -r 44100 -c 2 -w -twav /tmp/foo.wav
 
 
for mp3 or ogg:
 
 
sox -c2 -w -r32000 -tossdsp /dev/audio -r 44100 -c 2 -w -twav /tmp/fm_fifo &
 
 
and
 
 
lame -S -h -b 128 /tmp/fm_fifo /tmp/foo.mp3
 
 
or
 
 
oggenc -Q -b 128 -o /tmp/foo.ogg /tmp/fm_fifo
 
  
 
=== gnomeradio ===
 
=== gnomeradio ===
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No recording capability, stable gui, minimal functionality -- tuner and volume. I had to hand-edit the .gradiorc configuration file to get station presets; I may have missed some way of doing this through the gui.
 
No recording capability, stable gui, minimal functionality -- tuner and volume. I had to hand-edit the .gradiorc configuration file to get station presets; I may have missed some way of doing this through the gui.
 
 
  
 
[[Category:Radio]]
 
[[Category:Radio]]
 
[[Category:Software]]
 
[[Category:Software]]

Latest revision as of 19:11, 26 October 2012


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Radio Listening Software:

There are a number of Radio devices, in particular those TV tuner devices which also contain a radio receiver/tuner, for which V4L directly supports. The following list of software applications allow one to control a radio tuner.

Radio Applications

Gnomeradio and kradio, the most fully featured applications, are not yet available in all distributions and need to be compiled first. Some of the older applications are mature and readily available, but no longer actively developed.

Also See

User experiences

If you're a user, post your installation and user experiences here!

gnomeradio

Clearly a more sophisticated application. There's only a debian package for i386, so I'll need to build from the tarball. Since I'm mainly interested in remote recording, I'll try fmtools and radio first.

gradio

I tried gradio on Debian amd64, as it's available; it's very basic. If you don't have the card on /dev/radio, start with

gradio -d /dev/radio2

No recording capability, stable gui, minimal functionality -- tuner and volume. I had to hand-edit the .gradiorc configuration file to get station presets; I may have missed some way of doing this through the gui.