- British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG) #8994
- European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC) #13496
- 30 Metre Digital Club (30MDC) #6340
- Digital Modes Club (DMC) #6277
- Hellenic PSK Club of Greece #648
My equipment for digital operation comprises SignaLink USB data interface coupled to a E-machine computer (AMD processor) running 2GB RAM and Windows 7 operating system. I use Ham Radio Deluxe and Digital Master 780 (DM780) software version 5.0 Beta. I use my Icom IC-7700 or Yaesu FT-897D for data operation, and having recently acquired a Yaesu FT-450AT this will soon be pressed into service as my main transceiver for digital modes.
Simon Brown who wrote the HRD software recently sold the whole shooting match to a group of amateurs in the USA. To view info about the latest releases of the software together with prices (it’s not free anymore!) please follow this link: http://www.hrdsoftwarellc.com/
I also run a Signalink USB on my Yaesu FT-897D and have a couple of CG 2000SB interfaces which may be used from time to time. Although not a patch on the SignaLink, they work! I have some very cheap and cheerful interfaces manufactured by Radio Arena. All I can say is that for less than £30 you would be stupid not to give them a go.
At present I run mainly PSK-31 and PSK-63 and RTTY, although I do dabble ocassionally with other data modes when I fancy something different. My Icom IC-7700 is the main HF rig (of choice) which I suppose is like using a sledge hammer to crack a nut… but with output power limited at a maximum of 50 watts for now I am certainly working a large portion of the world that I didn’t work before.
If you have never tried digital modes, or have a Foundation / Intermediate licence then I can highly recommend it. Digital transmissions are very similar to morse in that low power gets through… although I am a quite recent convert there is something nice about sitting in the shack working the world with no noise.
I look forward to reading some of my readers in my waterfall soon! I’ll be the one with the elusive 2D callsign – a rare catch, but much easier than you think these days!
73 Dave <sk> <sk>
JT65 – Like Digital? You will love this mode!!
Software used is JT65HF and recently upgraded to JT65 Comfort (a few extra macro commands and a neat reporting / spotting section at the top of the screen). I am absolutely in love with this mode – 10 watts is enough to work the world, and as for an antenna, well, I reckon a piece of wet string would be good enough.
If you like PSK please try this mode. I was up and running in minutes using my Signalink interface and JT65HF software. 48 countries worked in a couple of hours on 20m and 15m. Brilliant mode – great for Foundation licence holders who want to work DX.
Screenshot from a typical JT65 afternoon…
A nice report via PSK Reporter…