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Author Topic: Need book/article on: What hams should know about computers.  (Read 2148 times)
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« on: July 20, 2017, 09:53:07 AM »

In getting set up on PSK31 and JT65, I realized that my knowledge of computers as they relate to ham radio is lacking.  Specifically, what all you need to know about connecting transceivers to computers (sound cards, ports, device managers, etc.).  Can anyone recommend a book and/or article whose topic, if not title, is “What Hams Should Know About Computers” or “Computer Knowledge for Ham Radio?” 

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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 01:13:43 PM »

Here's some free online material that will provide a general but useful introduction:

https://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics/

This book is specific to digital mode operation:

http://www.arrl.org/shop/Get-on-the-Air-with-HF-Digital/

     

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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 03:56:16 PM »

I liked the comment, about arrl's book on digital modes website, that have the FIRST EDITION out (have it).

BUT, there is a SECOND EDITION, that I found on amazon's website (think I'll get that Huh).

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2017, 04:23:28 PM »

Dave I know we just got that WSJT-x working, but it is time to upgrade to 1.8.0rc1 so you can get on the new FT8  mode.  It is all the rage in the last week or so.  Yeah just like computers, as soon as you load some software and get it working it is obsolete.

You don't need no book, you can call me or post it here and I will help you. Smiley

Of course all of my computer "learning" is by pilfering.  I just pilfer through stuff until I get it working.  "hmm, I wonder what this setting does".  "whoops that took it off the air.. now how do I put it back... Ok. yeah, thats it".   Just like that. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2017, 04:54:23 PM »

Dave I know we just got that WSJT-x working, but it is time to upgrade to 1.8.0rc1 so you can get on the new FT8  mode.  It is all the rage in the last week or so.  Yeah just like computers, as soon as you load some software and get it working it is obsolete.

You don't need no book, you can call me or post it here and I will help you. Smiley

Of course all of my computer "learning" is by pilfering.  I just pilfer through stuff until I get it working.  "hmm, I wonder what this setting does".  "whoops that took it off the air.. now how do I put it back... Ok. yeah, thats it".   Just like that. Smiley

The original poster isn't asking for someone to spoon feed him instructions on making a particular digital mode application work. He seeks a foundational understanding of computers, computing, and interfacing -- an excellent set of objectives. Attaining this level of knowledge is not difficult, and enables one to confidently reason about what's going on when confronted with a new situation.

Exploring an application's settings provides little enlightenment about these topics.
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2017, 06:48:18 PM »

AA6YQ - Thanks for the computer basics link.  I just finished reading “Get on the Air with HF Digital,” and found it helpful.  Jim, K0UA, is a friend and he’s helped me a great deal getting set up on digital, so his post is actually pretty applicable.

Jim - Do I need to uninstall the older version of WSJT-x before installing the new one?  Re: “seeing what this does,” I’m going to try format C: <enter>

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2017, 08:27:10 PM »

AA6YQ - Thanks for the computer basics link.  I just finished reading “Get on the Air with HF Digital,” and found it helpful. 

Then I encourage you to continue on your course to achieve a basic understanding of computers and computing. You will find it satisfying and rewarding.
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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2017, 08:33:51 PM »

AA6YQ - Thanks for the computer basics link.  I just finished reading “Get on the Air with HF Digital,” and found it helpful.  Jim, K0UA, is a friend and he’s helped me a great deal getting set up on digital, so his post is actually pretty applicable.

Jim - Do I need to uninstall the older version of WSJT-x before installing the new one?  Re: “seeing what this does,” I’m going to try format C: <enter>

Dave

Just for housekeeping purposes, in the case of upgrading from 1.7 dev to 1.8 RC, I suggest you delete the previous installation, your settings will not be affected. Same procedure everytime there is a 'branch' change.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2017, 08:35:42 PM »

I just pilfer through stuff until I get it working.  "hmm, I wonder what this setting does".  "whoops that took it off the air.. now how do I put it back... Ok. yeah, thats it".   Just like that. Smiley

Never mind being off the air, I hope you are not Homer Simpsons' co-worker.  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2017, 06:59:56 AM »

My post was mostly in jest.  Dave is doing pretty well getting around in windows 10 already, especially considering he comes straight from the Mac world. I did not uninstall WSJT-x 1.7 when I installed 1.8.  the installer seems to take care of everything, and I was on FT8 in a flash.
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« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2017, 07:15:34 AM »

I did not uninstall WSJT-x 1.7 when I installed 1.8.  the installer seems to take care of everything, and I was on FT8 in a flash.

As I said, it was for housekeeping purposes only, no changes functionally speaking. There will likely be two entries in different places on your computer, an empty one labelled 1.7 dev, and the new 1.8 RC, or something like that. Nothing to worry about.
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