Frank Mitchell

Install TQSL v2.3.1 on Raspian Jessie

With the International Grid Chase 2018 contest starting, I wanted to make sure I had TQSL working on the computer in the lab. TQSL is an application used to sign and upload contacts to Logbook of the World so they count for the contest. Since TQSL doesn’t have pre-built binaries for Linux, and the lab computer is a Raspberry Pi 3, I built the code from source.

The first thing to do is download the TQSL source.

curl -s > tqsl-latest.tar.gz

I couldn’t find a checksum for the source package on the ARRL site. If you downloaded version 2.3.1, you can check that you got the same package I did. If you grabbed a later version, your checksum won’t match.

shasum -a 256 tqsl-latest.tar.gz

Next unpack the tarball and read the installation instructions.

tar -zxvf tqsl-latest.tar.gz
cd tqsl-2.3.1

The installation instructions are well written. They include a list of dependencies (with versions), and a set of commands to run. The build system uses CMake, so install that next.

sudo apt-get install cmake

TQSL v2.3.1 depends on OpenSSL, expat, zlib, Berkeley DB, wxWidgets, and curl. You need the development versions, the ones with libraries and headers. Development package names typically include “lib” in the name and end in “-dev”. Run these commands to find the OpenSSL related development packages.

apt-cache search ssl | grep -e "-dev"

Replace “ssl” in the search command above with “expat”, “zlib”, “db”, “wx” and “curl” to find the rest of the packages. Or just run the commands below to get them all installed.

sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
sudo apt-get install libexpat1-dev
sudo apt-get install zlib1g-dev
sudo apt-get install libdb-dev
sudo apt-get install libwxgtk3.0-dev
sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev

By default, the TQSL build process creates a shared library and installs it in the /usr/local/lib$(LIB_SUFFIX)/ directory. Shared libraries on Raspbian are usually in the /usr/local/lib/ directory. Set an empty LIB_SUFFIX environment variable to make the build system puts things in the right place.

export LIB_SUFFIX=""

Finally, run the commands from the installation instructions to compile and install the TQSL library and application.

cmake .
sudo make install

So far, I’ve been starting TQSL by running “tqsl” from the command line. I’d like to put a shortcut into Menu > Hamradio so it’s easier to start. I’ll update this post if and when I figure out how to do that.