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Author Topic: How Computers Used  (Read 691 times)
ZAKIR
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« on: October 19, 2005, 05:06:17 AM »

I'm just getting into ham radio, but have been using computers for a long time and am computer technician at a local university. I'm just wondering what people use their computers for with ham radio... i've heard people talk about logging software, and antenna design software, but not a whole lot else... what else is out there?

Thanks,

Zakir
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2005, 08:20:48 AM »

Various digital modes using the computer soundcard.

Satellite tracking.

Software Defined radios.

Remote control of radios.

Prgramming of radio features and frequency memories.

Internet access to DX spotting sites.

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And the list goes on.

Dennis KG4RUL
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ZAKIR
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2005, 09:39:40 AM »

I meant seperate from the radio..... I realized that they could be used for RTTY etc.... While studying for my general exam, I also read about software which would allow you to calculate the MUF etc.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2005, 09:55:38 PM »

propagation prediction

propagation monitoring

QSL route determination

QSL card, label and envelope printing

award progress reporting

award submission

eQSL and LotW synchronization

beam heading determination and plotting

greyline determination and plotting

auroral oval determination and plotting

DX spot analysis and plotting

antenna rotator control

    73,

        Dave, AA6YQ
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WW5AA
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2005, 10:21:30 AM »

Zakar,

I use my computer to:

Sound card

Monitor and adjust audio output.
Monitor and adjust audio input.
Recording
High speed CW.
Repeater announcements.

Remote operation

Control HF and 2 meter radio from any computer.
Control rotor and antenna selection.
Monitor and control shack temp.

And use Microsoft Money to track how much I have blown on a Hobby!

De Lindy
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