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Upcoming new mode for me
10-18-2017, 07:53 PM
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Upcoming new mode for me
Hi,

Hope to be able to pick up a "deal" at the Nutmeg Hamfest this weekend. I'm looking to getting involved heavily with Digital Communications. Nearest thing to digital for me was some years back running the club's AX25 Packet BBS.

Of course I'm looking for some kind of digital interface to set up. Hoping perhaps one of the major vendors has a sampling of those interfaces available.

So I'll be watching here in this forum for any like-minded Hams for tips and ideas.

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10-19-2017, 12:12 PM
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Hey that's great Rich! Big Grin

What rig do you have or what rig do you intend having?

I love those digimodes too. We have FLDigi, MMTTY, and WSJT-X interfaced at The Club. I use SignaLink USB interfaced with my Kenwood TS-450SAT at home. The software is FLDigi and WSJT-X which allows almost all digital modes including JT-65, JT-9 and FT-8.

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10-19-2017, 01:34 PM (This post was last modified: 10-19-2017 01:35 PM by WA1TRY - Rich.)
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RE: Upcoming new mode for me
(10-19-2017 12:12 PM)K1RCT Wrote:  Hey that's great Rich! Big Grin

What rig do you have or what rig do you intend having?

I love those digimodes too. We have FLDigi, MMTTY, and WSJT-X interfaced at The Club. I use SignaLink USB interfaced with my Kenwood TS-450SAT at home. The software is FLDigi and WSJT-X which allows almost all digital modes including JT-65, JT-9 and FT-8.

Hi, Rob,

Nice to hear from you. The way my station is being set up is going to be my Ten Tec Argonaut with transverters that will give me coverage on all bands from 160 to 70cm. Normally I would be running QRP or 5 watts. But I have 100 watt amps for all bands.

I used to have a "Signal Link" myself but sold it a long while ago.

I'm hoping that some of the digital modes will enable me to once again get active on the bands. My hearing was bad enough for many years but was always able dig out the signals in CW just fine. The audio modes like SSB are really tough for me to copy. I think some of the Digital modes are going to make me happy again. I still have a 2m AX25 Packet station that will be on the air using APRS. That will be my "on the air" ham radio mail box. Just in case the Internet implodes or something Tongue

For my Digital interface I am thinking of getting one that MFJ just came out with. It 's a 99 dollar plug and play USB interface that supposedly will give me any and all digital modes. Has built in sound card and it's own front panel audio adjustments for received and transmitted signals.

I'm hoping one of the major vendors at the Nutfest will have one. Otherwise I'll order it from MFJ. check it out ...

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.ph...MFJ-1204D5

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10-20-2017, 07:22 AM
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(10-18-2017 07:53 PM)WA1TRY - Rich Wrote:  Hi,

Hope to be able to pick up a "deal" at the Nutmeg Hamfest this weekend. I'm looking to getting involved heavily with Digital Communications. Nearest thing to digital for me was some years back running the club's AX25 Packet BBS.

Of course I'm looking for some kind of digital interface to set up. Hoping perhaps one of the major vendors has a sampling of those interfaces available.

So I'll be watching here in this forum for any like-minded Hams for tips and ideas.
Quick post before I read the morning paper hi....

I've always had good luck with my RIGblasters from West Mountain Radio. Good tech support even out of the warranty and setup period. They used to come to Nutmeg, would be great to see them there again.

Many like the Signallink, I don't have any experience with them though.

The MFJ looks pretty good. Sort of simple like my Plug and Play but with controls. Maybe KJI will have one. I've brought MFJ headphones from them so they could carry that MFJ product.

You'll like digital, will open new worlds for you especially if you are running low power in the JT, FT8 or PSK modes.

See you there.

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10-20-2017, 12:58 PM
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RE: Upcoming new mode for me
Thanks guys,

I'll check out Gene's tables (KJI) at the hamfest. I was all ready to go the RigBlaster route. Have a few of West Mountain Radio's products. But recently found that new MFJ interface that will most likely be best for me.

See ya all at Nutfest !

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10-20-2017, 07:53 PM
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I'm not sure why FT-8 has taken such a liking but you should check out these QRP modes. It really is amazing where you can chat to with less that 10W.

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(10-20-2017 12:58 PM)WA1TRY - Rich Wrote:  Thanks guys,

I'll check out Gene's tables (KJI) at the hamfest. I was all ready to go the RigBlaster route. Have a few of West Mountain Radio's products. But recently found that new MFJ interface that will most likely be best for me.

See ya all at Nutfest !

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