Notes from Feb. 2017 BAARC Meeting

QRP School: Getting Started with Digital Modes: http://youtu.be/HQIG_vMGe1A

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: http://youtu.be/nUgfWsGxjzY

A 1W JT65 Contacthttp://youtu.be/nM4Bk805MrQ

FT817 QRP 20m Phone Contacthttp://youtu.be/oiChDvSzGQM

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.

PSK-31http://youtu.be/x3Cbigg6ZdE

APRShttp://youtu.be/HdS3EqRooN8

OLIVIAhttp://youtu.be/TANUoAp5dfQ
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.

WINLINKhttp://youtu.be/WRv9DbqnnDg
Demo starts at 8 minutes. He connects to a Winlink station at 13′.

…while campinghttp://youtu.be/zLGGjA5-lG0