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Author Topic: Digital Modes  (Read 427 times)
KC5SZUHAM
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« on: October 21, 2007, 12:15:41 PM »

What is the most popular Digital Mode being used and one for getting your feet wet to try out ? Thanks for your replys
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2007, 12:29:46 PM »

I think the APRS digital packet mode is the most popular.  You can get online and operate it via your computer without a radio, tnc or gps unit to test it out.  You will need to download the UI-View program and set up the Server access and you can see all the activity.  Cars, trucks, motorcycles, Weather Stations and home stations.  Good Luck!
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2007, 01:54:25 PM »

I respectfully disagree.  PSK31 is probably the most common mode (on HF), and allows live one to one conversations that you seldom find in APRS.

After that RTTY is popular, especially for contesting, Slow Scan TV, and some of the other modes I unfortunately can't name.

Jump in, the water's fine!

Bill
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AA4PB
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2007, 03:38:05 PM »

I agree. If you want to get started in HF digital then PSK31 is the place to start.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2007, 03:43:59 PM »

I think overall, there is more RTTY activity with PSK31 a close second.



NO, I take all that back.  

RTTY is second and PSK31 is third.

NUMBER ONE digital mode = CW
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2007, 05:08:10 PM »

On HF:

RTTY is the most popular and is good for serious DXing and contesting.

PSK31 is second but is better for casual rag chews and common DX stations.

73, Steve
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2007, 07:52:47 PM »

The good part of the RTTY / PSK31 "debate" is that you can use the same software and computer-to-rig interface for both of them.

So there's no "choice" involved, except:

   "What do I want to do tonight ?"

PSK31 is generally alive just above 14.070 MHz, whenever 20m is open.  And just above 7.070 MHz when that band is open, and 20m is closed.

RTTY activity is uncommon, _except_ when there's a contest.  Then, everyone fires up his rig and has a ball.

    Charles
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2007, 03:53:13 AM »

IF you like to type the PSK or RTTY will be your cup- o-tea.  

IF the band is good then you might give SSTV or digital TV a try. Digital TV requires a bit more setup but its well worth the effort as the pictures when you do connect will be superior to the average SSTV picture.

N5LRZ
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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2007, 04:37:00 PM »

RTTY is also common for DX and DXpedition as the digital mode of choice.


"RTTY activity is uncommon, _except_ when there's a contest. Then, everyone fires up his rig and has a ball."
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