N1MM on Mac OS X under Wine
When I share my fledgling interest in contesting, people always suggest that I get started using N1MM Logger, one of the most advanced contest logging programs. I would love to take their advice, but it is a Windows program and all of my computers are Macs. I could run a Windows virtual machine, but then I would need a copy of the Windows OS to install on the VM (not in the budget).
Today, I remembered that there was another way to run Windows programs on the Mac, the Wine project. Wine is a reimplementation of the core Windows system on another operating system. It is advanced enough to run many, if not most, Windows programs. Originally for Linux, there is also a version for Mac OS X.
It takes a while to install from source using Homebrew (http://brew.sh
) as it has to compile Wine and all of its dependencies, but it eventually installed. Following the nice write-up of KM4IK (www.qsl.net/l/lu7did/docs/contest/WINE_N1MM_english.pdf
) I installed one more set of DLLs using winetricks. I found I had to run the wine command from the N1MM directory to find the N1MM DLLs, but it looks to be up and running.
I don't need any rig control facilities, so I'm not concerned about driver support and the like, but it is a very nice way to record QSOs in the contest situation. I've been using CW contests as a place to practice my Morse code skills and I'll probably be using N1MM now to keep track of those contacts.