Puff microwave CAD software now under GPL (fwd)

Dennis Rosenauer drac7ft at verizon.net
Wed Jan 27 20:48:32 PST 2010

Humm... Puff, that brings back memories.  But it really is obsolete, 
just like EESOF Touchstone.

If you really want to do some RF/Microwave simulation I suggest using 
QUCS (http://qucs.sourceforge.net/).  It compares favorably against very 
expensive simulators such as ADS from Agilent.  It doesn't have all the 
features of ADS, but is very capable.  It is also GPL.  I have it 
running under FreeBSD, I'm sure it works under Linux.

I have done some side by side comparisons to ADS and I would be willing 
to do commercial designs with QUCS where there are suitable device models.

Also if you want to do schematic capture and PCB layout, try out KICAD.
(http://www.lis.inpg.fr/realise_au_lis/kicad/).  It also is pretty good, 
and compares well against commercial products.

Dennis, AC7FT.

Curt, WE7U wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:47:22 +0100
> From: Pieter-Tjerk de Boer <ptdeboer at cs.utwente.nl>
> To: linux-hams at vger.kernel.org
> Cc: KC8LDO <kc8ldo at arrl.net>
> Subject: Puff microwave CAD software now under GPL
> Hello,
> For many years, radio amateurs have been using a nice MS-DOS program
> called 'puff' for designing microwave circuits.
> It was not expensive, and came with source code, which with some
> effort could also be compiled on Linux; instructions for that have
> been on my website for a number of years.
> Recently, Leland C. Scott, KC8LDO, contacted the authors of Puff
> and they agreed to release the code under the GPLv3 license.
> They also gave us a PDF file of the manual.
> Thus, we can now distribute a complete Puff package as free software,
> and ready to compile on Linux. It is available on my website:
>   http://wwwhome.cs.utwente.nl/~ptdeboer/ham/puff/
> 73, Pieter-Tjerk, PA3FWM
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