Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK5GR, Mar 2, 2019.
This is different
IMHO, it looks like fun. One of things this Ham is sure of, my next home will probably have an HOA and less space. Digital modes are friendly to downsizing. So is CW, but after 45 years of radio, I still struggle with it.
Lets play with FreeDV! Its on my calendar.
Can I humbly suggest that flaming just stop altogether? I dunno about everyone else, but boy am I tired of the current state of human discourse. I just want to enjoy life, play with my toys and get along with my fellow man. I really can't find the energy to give a rat's ass about politics and just about anything else. Even if you think something posted here is dumb, can I ask that you just ignore it...unless it's dangerous and needs to be addressed. If not, just ignore me please.
From another Philly guy (me), one neat thing about the Roxborough antenna farm is that it is HUGE and impossible to miss, even from most rooftops in the area. If you're ever in the region, get to clear site and look around towards the Schuylkill River. You can't miss them. Some will argue, but I think they're beautiful.
I'm just an analog guy, I think there was a famous amateur radio operator that had a song entitled that. I'm sick of hearing digital signals on the VHF channels when I scan driving. Now HF too.
I'm sure I'll get a lot of negative responses from this comment , but he only digital I do is, CW!!!!
On DTV, it's terrible in rural areas where I live but I love it when my wife and I are traveling in our RV around metropolitan areas there's lots of additional new channels.
Yes I have seen the Roxborough farm from the expressway. Used to travel into S. Jersey via the Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin bridge into Collingswood. Can't miss that for sure! You probably wouldn't guess that people as far away as me are tuning in with ease. Channels 3, 6, 10, Fox, PBS, etc come in beautifully up here in Schuylkill County.
In case anyone wonders what they look like at night, here's a pic from my nephew's house up the street from the Ivy Ridge SEPTA train station
Now that is a beautiful sight! But besides that I did install the FreeDV today and got it working, I think. I was able to listen to a station briefly and they sounded good. But he was the only one of several that I could decode. I intend to play with it some more and perhaps participate in the party if time allows. It's never going to replace my CW because I don't really operate any kind of voice much. But I like the limited bandwidth footprint of the FreeDV.
Took me a while to find basic startup documentation for FreeDV. I finally found this. There may be another out there for the current version but I got some useful information out of this one.
FreeDV is a data mode. The fact that the data contains voice information is irrelevant.
"Speech is compressed down to 700-1600 bit/s then modulated onto a 1.25 kHz wide signal comprised of 16 QPSK carriers which is sent to the Mic input of a SSB radio."