Amateur Radio Language Translator
ARLT is a very simple language translation tool for Windows that can help radio amateurs complete radio contacts in languages other than their native language. It reasonably translates the content of many Amateur Radio QSOs. Use it as a memory aid with voice communications or cut and paste transcripts from a RTTY, PSK or morse code terminal program to ARLT's yellow translation text box. With digital communications, you don't have to worry about the pronunciation. The program doesn't perform miracles though it understands quite a few radio "technical" terms in several languages. Have some fun with it.
ARLT and how to use is fully described in the November 2004 issue of CQ Amateur Radio magazine. It and other language translation tool alternatives available to the radio amateur are described in the CQ article by KD5HTB.
Amateur Radio Language Translator is programmed in Visual Basic 5. It runs without problems on Windows 95 and Windows XP and probably will run just fine on other flavours of Windows (not Windows 3.1).
Amateur Radio Language Translator is contained in the zipped file arlt.zip. The file contains the application, several language data files and an installation program.
Download Amateur Radio Language Translator (~1.5 Mb)
Note: This is a zipped file. You need a suitable program to un-zip it like WinZip. To uninstall, ARLT, use the Windows software uninstall facility found in the Control Panel directory. After you install the program, you will discover three ready-made language files for English-French-Spanish-German "translations". The LANGUAGE.txt file does not contain any European language characters (possibly use with CW or RTTY QSOs). The Laccent.txt files contains European language characters (use with PSK or phone QSOs). The PHONETIC.txt file is for those who want to experiment using phonetic crutches for speaking a language.
The LANGUAGE.txt file loads automatically every time you invoke ARLT. If you want another file to load in it's place, you can re-name the file you want to load by default LANGUAGE.txt (be sure to save the original LANGUAGE.txt file under a different name).
ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE FILES download these files to increase your program's vocabulary! Simply substitute the existing files of the same name to increase the number of words the program 'knows'. Download Updated Language files (15 kb)
If you already have another VB 5 application on your computer, you might be able to download just the executable and language files (arlts.zip). After unzipping, place the resulting files in a folder on your PC and run the executable (ARLT.exe). If the program does not run with your computer (you probably get a message asking for a support file), you will need to download the full install above. To uninstall the files from the "small" install, simply delete the file folder. Nothing is written to the Registry. Most ARLT users will probably require the full install described above.
Download only exe and language files (50 Kb)
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Last updated 06 October 2004.
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