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Ignorant about PSK-31

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by W9RAC, Jun 10, 2019.

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  1. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think there's an FT8 mode that is suited for rag chew, don't know if anyone uses it though, haven't looked around.

    Used to enjoy RTTY back in the day, that was great for chewing the rag.
  2. W1VT

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    When I was into PSK31 I found I could find other people to converse with by not using any macros. I typed in my exchanges. This made my signal easy to spot, if someone wanted to chew the rag.
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  3. AA4PB

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    FT8CALL is used for rag chew but it seems to me that it would be painfully slow. I think it sends something like 13 characters every 15 second period. Words can be split across two transmit periods. If you have any QRM or QSB then you could miss a chunk of the text because there is no ARQ error checking.

    The problem I see with PSK31 is that some people are not good typists therefore you get sent a bunch of macros including an inventory of every piece of equipment in the shack along with the make/model of computer, what type of processor it has, how much memory it has, and who made the hard drive :) On the other hand, PSK31 can be very enjoyable when both people are reasonable typists.
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  4. N4UP

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    FT8CALL has been replaced by JS8CALL. JS8CALL is the software you need to be running. JS8 is the mode. It has lots of conversational and message handling capabilities. In fact at first glance it seems to me to be very/overly complicated, not at all like the simplicity of WSJT-X and FT8.

    Last Saturday they had a JS8 QSO Party. I couldn't find anyone to work. The heartbeat function tells me my setup is working on both RX and TX and that people hear me, but apparently they were busy somewhere else. So I gave up. Went back to CW and FT8.
  5. K6GB

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    Keep an eye on the PSK31 watering holes there is usually activity on the weekends, also a lot on field day. I'm using fldigi and it seems to work well plus has all the other crazy modes. The WSJT-X and JS8CALL each require their own software packages.
  6. K2CQW

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    I find activity on 20m, 14.070.
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  7. W9RAC

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    After a few hour of dealing with this its back to SSB/CW for me. I figured it would be over my head. I do not have the patient to spend fiddling with software and the like trying to persuade it into working. $200 lesson I already knew. Ill be listing a new Yaesu SCU-17 and cable SCU 21. 73 Rich
  8. K5RCD

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    I agree. PSK-31 is not very robust, and a lot is missed during decode if the is any band noise, signal fluctuation etc. What really killed if for me was the Macro situation which caught on at the very beginning and never let up. What a boring waste of time. These are two reasons it is not very popular today. The other reason is the gain in popularity of other digital modes.
  9. W9RAC

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    Well it sure aint CW from what little I seen. RAC
  10. KT5WB

    KT5WB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone looking to dabble their toes in digital modes you need 3 things: an audio line from the radio to the PC audio in, an audio line from the PC to the radio audio in, vox enabled. For basic, bare bones "I want to try it out" setup that is all you need. Everything else is convenience. My first PSK decodes were made with a headset boom mic laying on top of the radio and plugged into the PC. All you have to do is get audio back and forth between the radio and the PC. Everything else is "nice to have".

    Hold your smart phone up to the radio's speaker to get the decodes, and then hold the phone up to the radio's mic to transmit. If you have the app to encode and decode the audio that's all you need. Everything else is convenience.

    I've made hundreds of digital contacts, and my setup is still purely audio. I have no cat connection or rig control between my PC and radio.
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