Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Digital Mode Hell - My First PSK31 Contact

Last week I decided to dive into digital.  Head first.  With no helmet.  I came out the other side with a few battle scars, some lost hours but a lot of first hand knowledge about HF digital modes.

I attended our local ARES meeting where Peter, N0MTH presented on the ARES 2m BBS (N0ARS) which reminded me to purchase some type of audio/TNC device.  4 days later I was the owner of a Signalink USB and module jumpers for my KX3 and TM-V71A radios.

Last weekend I downloaded FLdigi and spent around 4 to 6 hours trying to configure my laptop and KX3 to talk to the Signalink to blast out some PSK31.  After many failed attempts and quite a bit of digging around on the net, I finally made my first contact.  I'm still working out the bugs and have quite a few unanswered questions.  One thing I learned is, no matter how many YouTube videos you watch and web pages you read, there isn't one single source to get all your digital mode questions answered!  Trial and error is the name of the game!

Next goal is to try and connect to our local ARES bbs via 2m.

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