Downloading and Installing tk Radio Software
This is experimental software and probably contains defects.
It remains under development.
When available, newer versions of the tk radio software
will be made available for download at this web site.
on MacOS X-Based Systems
All my tk radio software is written in Tk/Tcl and
designed to run on several different platforms, including MacOS X.
I do not have a MacOS X system nor do I know much about them.
However, MacOS X owners
Ben Mesander and Debbie Fligor
have successfully installed and run
some of the tk radio control programs on their systems and
provided these tips.
Downloading and Installing a tk radio program for MacOS X
If you don't already have fink, learn about it from the
fink download page and install it on your system.
Use fink to install the free
tcltk package (with any needed dependencies).
The version of
wish (windowing shell) that comes with the
fink install of tcl/tk uses Xwindows to display,
so install Xwindows and XDarwin server as well if you don't have it.
I recommend the fvwm2 window manager with this
for a .xinitrc file (note: if you don't
already have a preference and want to run "Rootless" -- you
gracefully quit X by exiting the shell in the console window):
exec xterm -sb -title console -name console -iconic
NOTE: The following steps use tk545 as an example,
but are applicable to all the tk radio software (e.g.,
tk2, tk7, tk75, tk120, tk500, tk545, tk8500, etc.).
Remove the old
.tk545rc configuration file if
it exists from a previous installation.
Download the gzipped Linux version of
tk545 (the .tar.gz file) from the Linux version web page.
Unzip and untar the file.
(Tip: If you double click on it in a finder
window, UnStuffit will do both for you).
Move the folder it creates
to the location you want the application to remain in.
Prior to running the application, start a new terminal or
use an xterm window in XDarwin and setup an
environment variable named tk545 like so:
setenv tk545 /whereever/you/put/tk545
or, if you're using a non-csh shell,
To make this change permanent, put the appropriate
export/setenv command in your shell's profile, e.g., in
/Users/loginname/.tcshrc for the default shell in OS X,
or /Users/loginname/.kshrc if you've installed
After you have defined the tk545 environment variable, the
actual program is started by typing:
if you used the default fink install location, otherwise "wish"
might not be in /sw/bin.
enter the name of your
serial device, e.g.,
are both version of a Keyspan USB-Serial adaptor plugged
in various ways.
If your Keyspan USB-Serial adaptor employs DIN-8 style
connectors for the RS-232 end, you
will need to purchase a DIN-8 to DB-9
adaptor to connect it to the RS232-to-TTL level converter
for your radio.
See the Release notes.
If you are using
power your receiver on before starting
or else the program will freeze.