The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group is proud to announce a new event on the Amateur Radio Calendar. The FreeDV HF Digital Voice QSO Party! The aim is to encourage as many Radio Amateurs as possible to learn about the FreeDV digital voice mode designed to be used on HF. The will hopefully encourage as many FreeDV signals to be on the air as possible to help spread the word about this new mode. What is FreeDV? FreeDV is an open source digital voice transmission mode developed for HF Amateur Radio by David VK5DGR. It is founded on open source principles with the Codec2 specification and code fully available to the Amateur Radio community at no charge. The latest development, FreeDV 700D mode has performance equivalent or better than SSB on HF – a remarkable achievement in only 700 bps! FreeDV QSO Party - The Rules When: April 27th 0300z to April 28th 0300z 2019 Where: All HF Bands from 80m – 10m (excluding the WARC bands) How: Work as many stations as possible using the FreeDV 700D or FreeDV 1600 modes in 24 hours. Centre Frequencies: 1870kHz, 3630kHz, 7180kHz, 14130kHz, 21180kHz, 28330kHz (chosen (mostly) in accordance with IARU Bandplans) Points: Stations participating can earn points per QSO 1 point per contact within a continent 5 points per contact between continents 50 points per contact with VK5ARG (AREG’s club station is planned to be manned for the 24hrs looking particularly for inter-continental DX on 40/20 and 15m) Multipliers: 1 per call area in VK/VE/JA/ZL per band + 1 per DXCC entity per band + 1 per inter-continental contact Final Score: Sum all points x sum all multipliers You can work a station once per band. Stations earning 50 points or more will be entitled to an emailed PDF certificate indicating their successful participation in this inaugural event! Categories: There is one entry per station callsign only. Why FreeDV? FreeDV 700D outperforms SSB at low SNRs – you can get an easy copy of 700D when SSB is unusable. Amateur Radio is transitioning from analog to digital, much as it transitioned from AM to SSB in the 1950’s and 1960’s. How would you feel if one or two companies owned the patents for SSB, then forced you to use their technology, made it illegal to experiment with or even understand the technology, and insisted you stay locked to it for the next 100 years? That’s exactly what was happening with digital voice. But now, hams are in control of their technology again! FreeDV is unique as it uses 100% Open Source Software, including the speech codec. No secrets, nothing proprietary! FreeDV represents a path for 21st century Amateur Radio where Hams are free to experiment and innovate, rather than a future locked into a single manufacturers closed technology. FreeDV can be used on multiple platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux systems. Where can I get FreeDV? FreeDV software and more information is available from the FreeDV Website! FreeDV.org Want to know more? Who can I Talk To? Login to the K7VE FreeDV QSO Finder to find other Hams using FreeDV. Support Please post your questions to the Digital Voice Google group Developers please subscribe to the Codec 2 Mailing List. IRC Chat For casual chat there is a #freedv IRC channel on freenode.net QSO Party News Visit the AREG Website www.areg.org.au for more information about the FreeDV QSO Party We hope to see you on FreeDV!