Notes from Feb. 2017 BAARC Meeting

QRP School: Getting Started with Digital Modes:

This comprehensive video explains the concept behind amateur radio digital modes and describes the hardware and cabling required to get started. The video lays the groundwork for future, in-depth videos that will demonstrate RTTY, PSK31, JT65, and Winlink.

Notes from Scott KD5NJR: Audio cables are required for those who want to make their own cables. It is also recommended that most people purchase a Signalink or Rig Blaster external sound card in order to resolve the audio and push-to-talk cabling issues.

Sample of WSPR:

A 1W JT65 Contact

FT817 QRP 20m Phone Contact

Note from Scott KD5NJR: Vero Beach looks nice.

  • 20m on whip antenna on the beach
  • tape measure counterpoise
  • watch his SWR on his dipole. It needs a trim.



Note from Scott: Olivia works down in the dirt, but it’s slower than PSK-31. FLDIGI supports the transmission of pictures over these wider, slower, digital modes.

Demo starts at 8 minutes. He connects to a Winlink station at 13′.

…while camping