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Author Topic: The Sounds and pictures of the major digital modes  (Read 2442 times)
WB8ROL
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« on: June 28, 2011, 09:36:23 PM »

An excellent resource is at the FLDigi web site page : http://www.w1hkj.com/FldigiHelp-3.20/Modes/index.htm

While RSID is really cool it REALLY helps to have an idea what the more used digi modes look and sound like

---Gary WB8ROL
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AD6KA
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 10:44:09 PM »

Hi Gary:

That's an interesting and useful resource. Thanks!
Just one very small nit. It would be nice, if for the modes with
different shifts or whatever, if the text listed "which one you are
most likely to hear on the amateur bands".
For example, which one or two of the 8 types MFSK are
most widely used. See what I mean?

I've ben meaning to play with some of these modes for a while.
this will help.

Again, thanks for the post.
Got it bookmarked, and will transfer the files/page to
my laptop that I use for portable ham use, not even wireless, haha.
73, Ken  AD6KA
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W0BTU
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« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2011, 05:10:37 AM »

I don't think there's another page like it. But it would be far more useful indeed if it listed the "most-used" modes! (Hey, which one of us is going to suggest that to W1HKJ?)  Wink

Sure, the unused modes can be removed from the menus. But few things are more confusing to a newbie than the extensive modes (and sub-modes!) menu in Fldigi. I can understand why it's like that initially, but that menu is enough to make someone throw up their hands and immediately uninstall it. There's got to be a better way.

IIRC, only about four modes are in regular use. BPSK31 is of course by far the most common. PSK31 is followed by Olivia (but which Olivia mode?), Contestia, and WSJT-HF, the latter two not necessarily in the order of popularity. I read a recent thread about this, but I don't remember whether it was on eHam or QRZ.

Olivia is slow, but more reliable than PSK31 especially under very weak-signal conditions.

Isn't Contestia a lot faster? And not necessarily for use in contests?

Please correct me if I'm wrong. So far, I've only operated PSK31.
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N1ZZZ
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2011, 05:20:46 AM »

The most common modes by far are PSK31 and RTTY (45 baud BAUDOT) code.  After that, they are mostly niche modes that rise and fall in popularity.

73

Jeremy N1ZZZ
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