New YouTube PSK31 tutorial videos
Randy K7AGE has recently put a couple of new PSK31 tutorial videos on YouTube.
PSK31 Transmitter Level Adjustment
PSK31 - Operating
Randy has previously posted several other PSK31 tutorial videos
Part 1: Introduction to PSK31 - Receiving
Part 2: Sample of 20 meter activity for PSK31 introduction
Part 3: Video Soundcard Interfacing
They can be seen at
Digipan PSK31 Download Page
British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG)
BARTG Yahoo Email Group
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While it is admirable of Randy to make these videos and post them on YouTube, they are basically boring. #He takes too long to get to the meat of the subject, too much wordy filler material. #Made me feel as though I was attending another sales meeting with the obligatory Power Point presentation.
How to operate PSK, applicable power levels, computer requirements, software differences, interfacing etc. has been beat to death in many publications, on the air discussions, and a gazillion internet sites for many years.
YouTube may be the new kid on the block to display your video production talents, but in my opinion how to operate PSK31 doesn't require an instructional video to cap off what's already out there. #Using PSK is not rocket science but, congratulations to Randy for the effort. Perhaps some can use his video for reference.
One thing I forgot to mention when working a weak PSK signal and another much stronger signal comes on, many times the weak signal you want may disappear from the screen due to AGC action of your receiver. #Randy touches on this, but he does not mention that those of us with radios that have the capability to turn OFF the AGC function can solve this problem readily. #The ICOM 756pro has this capability.
Randy also does not mention the possibility of using a narrow band filter to blank or mask out offending PSK signals when receiving a swath of PSK signals. #There is no need to receive all those signals at the same time. #I routinely use 250 hz or less filtering so only a few, not tens of signals are visible at any one time which can cause problems when picking out one signal out of the masses. #When in QSO with a station, I narrow sometimes down to 50hz and recieve only that one station.
Perhaps another video can be made detailing different methods of making a troublesome or difficult QSO easier to handle with available rig functions such as AGC timing and filters at the RF and even audio stages.
Even though you may have found the videos boring and beneath your level of experience, please remember that there are those of us that are new to some of the modes available to ham radio and may not have anyone willing to elmer us. I appreciate the effort of K7AGE providing something that makes it easier for someone like myself to better understand new modes.
If you really love ham radio, then help the rest of us out by "elmer"ing a new person.
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Exactly! That is WHY I made my website, to share and help. Even if I dont share and help much, it IS something!
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And Randy actually has a pleasant personality and seams genuine in wanting to SHARE, and he is knowledgeable and does pass on good info!
2 thumbs up for Randy!
I actually stumbled across Randy's vids last night just looking around on Youtube. Good stuff.
It's impossible for any video to be everything for everyone, and I believe K7AGE did a good job of selecting his audience and writing to that audience. I've been interested in getting started with PSK31 since I upgraded to General in June, but believe it or not, just getting simple information (like where the calling frequencies are) is difficult because of the lack of organization on the web. Yes, the information is out there, but it's thrown around willy-nilly, and if you're coming into the process without any sort of guidance, it's difficult to extract the nuggets of useful knowledge from the background noise of the internet.
I've learned lots from guys like Randy (K7AGE) and Andrew (W4INF) who take time out of their busy life schedules to elmer those of us.
We're all looking forward to watching K2WH's more advanced, less boring video productions...
In the meantime - thanks Randy, for taking the time and effort to share your expertise!!
- Richard, KA6NGR
I'll throw my hat in the ring and support Randy on this. I have never worked PSK31 so it wil be interesting and educational viewing for me.
I fully support those who take the time and trouble to make videos of this kind as we can all learn something from each other. And you are never to old to learn something new.Maybe Randy can add a new twist to PSK31 for seasoned veterans of this mode?
Now, now, lets not get personal. #I don't do videos nor do I patronize utube. #Randy himself admits to a following of people who watch his videos. #Good for him and a big boost to his ego. #If it makes Randy feel good about himself then that's great for him.
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Keep this in mind, the videos depicted work for him and are based upon his experience of operationg PSK with his equipment, his experiences, his equipment and his location. #Give me a good instructional book anytime for the details.
But again, PSK is basically like working SSB. #It's not rocket science.
BTW, did you learn anything from my 2nd post? #If not then I guess you do need pictures.