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1. INTRODUCTION Qthid is a Funcube Dongle control application with Qt user interface. It is an evolution of the qthid002 package by Howard Long G6LVB. The Funcube Dongle (http://www.funcubedongle.com/) is a small software defined radio receiver for 64 MHz - 1.7 GHz. It fits into a computer's USB port and uses USB audio to transfer complex I/Q data to SDR applications. The control API for setting frequency, gain, filter, etc. uses the USB HID standard, thus the Funcube Dongle does not require any specific hardware drivers as long as the host operating system supports USB audio and HID. Qthid uses the HIDAPI cross platform library by Signal 11 Software (http://www.signal11.us/oss/hidapi/). All the required files are bundled with qthid and no installation of the library is required. The current version 2.1 can be used to change frequency and to upgrade the firmware that ships in the FCD (18b) to the latest one (18f). This limitation is intentional since the full API is only available since firmware 18f. The next version of qthid will support the full API but it will only work with firmware 18f or later. 2. INSTALLATION AND USAGE 2.1 Linux You can use the precompiled binaries (32 or 64 bit) but you need the Qt runtime libraries installed. On Ubuntu these are called libqtcore4 and libqtgui4 and their dependencies. You can simply install everything Qt version 4 (not version 3!). Qt 4.7 has been tested, Qt 4.6 will probably also work. In order to use the Funcube Dongle as regular user, you need to create a udev rule. Create a udev file /etc/udev/rules.d/20-fcd.rules containing: SUBSYTEMS=="usb" ATTRS{idVendor}=="04d8" ATTRS{idProduct}=="fb56" MODE:="0666" SYMLINK+="FCD" (hint: open a terminal and type: sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/20-fcd.rules) Reload the rules using "sudo udevadm control --reload-rules" Qthid should now detect your FCD when you plug it in. 2.2 Mac OS X (10.6+) The Mac OS X bundle contains all the necessary Qt libraries and no additional installation or configuration is required. Unlinke Linux, the Funcube Dongle will just work. 2.3 Windows Not tested. It is recommended to use the "Fully functional frontend" instead. 2.4 Building from source - Install Qt Creator 2.0.1 or newer and Qt SDK 4.7. On recent linux it is normally sufficient to select Qt Creator and the required Qt libraries will be installed as dependencies. - Open the qthid.pro file in Qt Creator. It will say something about setting up a target; say OK or Finish or Done (depends on version and OS). - You can now build and execute the project. License Qthid is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
Source: README.txt, updated 2012-01-08