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Author Topic: CW Decode Software  (Read 8391 times)
GABRESEVEN
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« on: June 06, 2012, 06:23:41 PM »

Any suggestion for CW decode software? I just want to monitor CW (ham and maritime)...

Something I can install and monitor CW with my laptop, that's easy to use, plug & play...

Thanks,
GABRESEVEN
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2012, 08:21:01 PM »

CW Get:

http://www.dxsoft.com/en/products/cwget/

As I remember, the "free" version is full-featured, and will occasionally nag you.   When I realized that it was an integral part of my station, I paid for it.

It'll work fine with strong CW signals, with properly-formed characters.  Don't expect miracles -- it's not nearly as good as a good pair of ears.

          Charles

PS -- you can also use the CW decoding software in "multi-use" packages like Ham Radio Deluxe / DM780, or "fldigi".  But CW Get works well enough for me, and it's way simpler that the other packages I listed.
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KF4O
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 01:08:09 AM »

CW Get is good, but there is also

Fldigi
http://www.w1hkj.com/Fldigi.html

and CW Decoder
http://www.amqrp.org/projects/cwdecod/decoder.htm

try them all!
Let us know which one you pick.

Randy, KF4O
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AE4RV
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 12:17:05 PM »

Let us know if you find any interesting code in the maritime bands.
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K0CBA
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2012, 08:07:31 AM »

The best 'decoder' going is between your ears.
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WY4J
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012, 12:26:54 PM »

Never seen one that works 100% unless is machine sent but your brain will copy under any and all conditions.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2012, 01:38:37 PM »

Never seen one that works 100% unless is machine sent but your brain will copy under any and all conditions.

I have to agree, most of them suck at copying unless it's a strong signal and near perfectly sent code. Just learn the code, trust me, it's not that difficult.
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W4AUE
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 07:29:58 AM »

The auto decoders work pretty well with machine sent code, but not with the average operator sent code.  FLDIGI seems to work better than the others I've tried - free.  Also includes other digital modes. 

Over time you will learn to recognize the operator by the "swing" in his fist ... now you're having fun!!

 Roll Eyes
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PA0BLAH
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 08:37:26 AM »

Never seen one that works 100% unless is machine sent but your brain will copy under any and all conditions.

The best 'decoder' going is between your ears.

That "the brain will copy under any and all" is certainly and proven not true.

I made with a microcontroller a decoder for www.rufzxp.net It decodes easily the max speed, (abt 800 wpm) I can't and will never be able, I am sure,  and I am a QRQ plain text rag chewing guy.

The decoders are a crutch for the no code guys, and can help to increase your proficiency.
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WB3CQM
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012, 04:42:02 PM »

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=6642

    
MRP40 Morse Code Decoder & Sender
   
Most likely this is the Best of the Best ? IMHO

73 JIM
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PA0WV
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2012, 02:53:11 PM »

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=6642

    
MRP40 Morse Code Decoder & Sender
   
Most likely this is the Best of the Best ? IMHO

73 JIM
Don't know, I never buy commercial equipment, because it kills ones creativity.

The starter asked about software, not about hardware decoders.

I designed and build 2 different hardware decoders, you can find them on my website
http://pa0wv.home.xs4all.nl/zelfbouw.html first two links from top of page.
The detection is by a touchtone decoder phase locked loop, as first published by IK3OIL.

There are (in the link TIMorsedecoder) testfiles wav format Morse1 through Morse5. Morse 4 and 5 are copied solid, Morse1 through Morse3 not. So one can find out, and decide for yourself,  what the performance of those decoders is.

Edit: I understand that you meant software. With the mentioned wav files you can test that software.

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VK5DO
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2012, 05:49:08 PM »

I'm, interested in having a look but ich spreche nicht Deutsch.  Is there an english version?

Dene

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PA0WV
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2012, 11:44:06 PM »

I'm, interested in having a look but ich spreche nicht Deutsch.  Is there an english version?

Dene


Sri, no, but the point is that you can listen to the files Morse1.wav through Morse5.wav . Morse4 and Morse5 are 100% decodeble; 1 through 3 are not. So it is possible to compare with those short testfiles other decoding devices of software.
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K3DCW
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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2012, 06:40:44 AM »

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=6642

    
MRP40 Morse Code Decoder & Sender
   
Most likely this is the Best of the Best ? IMHO

73 JIM

Another vote here for MRP40.  Works great on all but the absolute worst fists.

73

Dave
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2012, 03:09:57 PM »

Don't know what you're running on your laptop but CWdecoder says it works on Windows 95/98 and MRP40 works on Win 95 up to XP.
FLdigi works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.  I can't speak for the other programs, but I'm using FLdigi and tried listening in on CW and IMHO it seems to work great unless there's a lot of QRM/QSB.  And if there's 2 stations right next to each other, you can click on the waterfall and copy either one.  Whichever you choose... enjoy!

Eric
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