A PC Shortwave Radio and Linux

by Caitlyn Martin

Ten Tec is an American manufacturer of all sorts of radio equipment based in Tennessee. They make a neat little black box which attaches to any PC via a serial port. The box, called the RX-320D, is a shortwave (general coverage) receiver that works very well indeed with performance rivaling more expensive desktop receivers. If you read Ten Tec's advertising you'd think you need Windows based software to use this radio. Think again.

Hector Peraza has written Linux software which offers the same functionality as the Windows software provided by Ten Tec when you buy an RX-320D. The current version of his rx320 software is version 0.6.2, with source code available on his Sourceforge web page. I've used my RX-320D with Mr. Peraza's code for quite a while now and I've been extremely satisfied. I also maintain the rx320 package in the Vector Linux Extra repository. I've also built Ubuntu packages which work well under Edgy Eft and should work under Feisty Fawn as well. For some reason my serial port stopped working under Feisty and I need to take the time to do some troubleshooting to find out why.

5 Comments

Roy Schestowitz
2007-05-03 05:26:55
Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)... *sigh of relief*... and there I was thinking it was Digital Restrictions Mess.
Caitlyn Martin
2007-05-03 15:59:12
Roy: Nope, but as you saw I assumed that a lot of O'Reilly readers would have precisely that reaction. In the case or Digital Radio Mondiale the letters DRM actually represent newish technology and a big step forward.
john miller
2008-05-18 13:08:03
Hi Caitlyn,
I have been trying to install your xclass .deb package in order to try out the RX320 control program. However the gdebi installer says that it cannot open the package as it might be corrupted or the permissions may not be correct.
As a test I then tried installing the rx320 .deb. Of course it fails because the xclass .deb has not been installed, however it does open the package and doesn't give me the previous error message.
Sorry to bring this up after this lapse of time but I've only just started to (fight?) Ubuntu and discovered that it supports the rx320. My normal home is a Mac so I'm on a flat! learning curve at the moment.
Many thanks for any help.
Yours etc john miller


Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft kernel 2.6.17-10

Caitlyn Martin
2008-05-18 14:33:04
@John: Those packages are old now and as I am not currently running Ubuntu I have no way to make new ones. Last I checked Ubuntu had an xclass package in their repository so you might be able to find it there.


Thank you for reminding me that I really ought to remove those packages from my website. I'm only maintaining Vector Linux and Slackware packages nowadays.

john miller
2008-05-19 10:09:00
Hi Caitlyn,
Many thanks for the reply. Will try the repository and see how things go.
Once again thanks.
Yours etc. john miller