Foundations of Amateur Radio - Episode 114

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Aug 11, 2017.

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  1. VK6FLAB

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    How does RTTY work?

    The continued discussion in our community about Digital Modes got me thinking about what a Digital Mode actually is. At the most fundamental level, it's about encoding information into discrete chunks to exchange information. Morse Code is an example of a Digital Mode, made up from combinations of dits and dahs.

    This week I look at how RTTY works.

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    Onno VK6FLAB
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  2. K3FHP

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    How does RTTY work? Works pretty well if you know what you're doing.
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  3. W4HM

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    In the U.S. and elsewhere the RTTY default standard is 2125 Hz-170 Hz (shift)=1955 Hz, the mark and space tones, with a speed of 45.45 baud. It's a really fun mode but it has no (FEC) forward error correcting and can get beat up by lightning crashes and radio wave propagation vagaries.
  4. G4MJM

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    Yes morse code is dits and dahs, but don't forget the spaces!
  5. WG8Z

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  6. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    For some reason, I find it humorous that SSB-based FSK has a "standard" that specifies audio frequencies. ;)

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