Python library to control FLDIGI via XML-RPC
Summary / Context
pyFldigi is a small Python library that can control the Fldigi application via XML-RPC.
Fldigi is a digital modem application that is widely used in the amateur radio community. It acts as a digital modem, intended to be coupled with a standard SSB or FM transceiver radio.
- Full implementation of the available XML-RPC client commands]
- Get FLDIGI version, name, etc.
- Modem: Get and set the modem type, carrier frequency, bandwidth, etc.
- Modem: Get and set various modem configuration options for Olivia, WEFAX, and NAVTEX
- Transmit: Set RX/TX mode to Transmit, Receive, or Tune.
- Abort a transmit or tune.
- Squelch: Get or set the squelch
- Rig control: Get or set various rig controls, such as frequency, mode, etc.
- Logging: Get and set various log field contents. This is in the context of ham contact logs, not debug logs.
- Text: Send text to FLdigi to be transmitted
- Text: Get text from FLdigi that has been received
- Terminate the Program: Terminate the program gracefully by asking it to close.
- Application monitoring and launching. It is possible to launch FLdigi from a Python command, and monitor it. Also the program can be killed if it refuses to shut down gracefully.
- Configuration: TBD. Reading and writing of the configuration file(s). Requires a restart of FLdigi.
Applications and Intended Usage
- Remote weather stations.
- Portable HF setups. Typically, HF digital setups are bulky and require several interconnected pieces of hardware, usually via audio cables. This library, along with some custom hardware, could allow a walkie-talkie sized HF digital radio that’s completely integrated.
- ‘Headless’ operation on a Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, or any number of other Linux-based single-board computers.
- Putting a more ‘user-friendly’ GUI on top of FLdigi.
- Allow a phone or tablet to send and receive FLDIGI messages via a custom app. There is an Android version of FLDIGI, but that might not be the best approach for every problem. A more custom application could be created to use only a particular mode and send pre-formatted data, for example, with considerably less work than it would be to fork the FLDIGI mobile application and update it.