I made a tutorial video about FLDigi

AGreyMan

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I made this video for folks who might want to "listen" in on the digital traffic that HandLoad and I have.

Certainly, I have forgotten to include many things. If you want to ask questions, please post them here. I am definitely not an expert, and if I don't know the answer, I'll try to find out.

 

HandLoad

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Deep within the Manual, I found a bit of info that helped Me tune things for best receiving and decoding:

Look at lower Right corner. See the Diamond just to the Left of the AFC box? That Diamond reads Level of the received Audio. It will be Grey when no audio, and Green, Yellow, or Red, depending on the incoming Signal. If You ride the Volume of Your Radio, turning it up (or Down) till the Diamond is Mostly Green, with some flashes of Yellow, but No Red, You will have the best message decode. When the Diamond flashes Red, the Software's Signal Converter (Analog to Digital) section is overloaded beyond range, and momentarily trashes the decode, such that You miss some characters. That, for sure is how it works for My wired connections to the Computer. Pretty sure it works similarly for "Audio Coupling".

It is easier to "Read" the Diamond than to recognize the best amount of Yellow Spots on the Waterfall.

Keep Ambient Noise at Your Listening position to a minimum if You are using "Audio Coupling" - playing Your Radio so the Computer Microphone picks it up. Just like AGM's Voice, any extraneous noises in the room will perhaps give rise to erroneous decode.
 
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HandLoad

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Only tangentially knew of "Digital Modes" till Matt mentioned how well FLDigi (OLIVIA in particular) works.

So, I gave it a try. WOW! Now, I really like the Mode.

OLIVIA, in 16-500 setting, is so far, the only way for Me to reach Matt, but it is so reliable!

I am amazed at Matt finding an OLIVIA transmission for His demonstration - out here on the West Coast, I have been unable to raise anyone using this mode, and have but once, found it being used by anyone except Matt.

OLIVIA is "Hidden Treasure" for Ham Comms, IMNSHO.
 

AGreyMan

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#4
Here are links to the shortwave receivers I mentioned in the video.

Again, I mention these specific models because they are the most inexpensive ones with SSB capability. Certainly, there is a thriving used market on eBay, etc.

County Comm GP-5 SSB, $89: https://countycomm.com/collections/radio/products/countycomm-gp-5-ssb-general-purpose-radio.

Tecsun PL-660, $131: https://www.amazon.com/Tecsun-PL-660-Portable-Shortwave-Single/dp/B004H9C4JK

With either of these radios, you will need an external antenna, which can be nothing more than a bunch (50') of thin wire strung up horizontally as high as you can get it, with an alligator clip on the end, to clip to the extendable antenna of the radio. That said, I think that one or both of them have a port for a dedicated external antenna.
 
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HandLoad

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I have the Grundig badged version of the (now Tecsun S2000). Present prices are circa $750.00 each! Yikes! Pretty good performance for Consumer-level Shortwave, but Why Not just go ahead and buy a HF radio? Only slightly higher price, for a much better spec Shortwave, with Transmitter included! You would lose FM broadcast band by buying a Transceiver, though.
 
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AGreyMan

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I agree with the sentiment. Most of the time, a real ham tranciever will work better than a shortwave at picking up any given signal. Some radios like my Icom 706mkII also recieve commercial FM. Any FM, really!

Additionally, the $750+ price tag is for new equipment. I have never purchased a new HF radio. There are a lot of sub-$400 radios that would be perfect for the new ham to "get their feet wet" while giving 90+% of the functionality (but not convenience) of the brand new $1000 radios.

My point is don't let the price scare you away: There are ways to get on the air relatively inexpensively. Look for a write-up about this in the next couple months.
 

240Geezer

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They pushed digital modes a lot in ham class. Devoted probably one plus sessions entirely to that type of com. Unfortunately because of the secure venue I was forced to use their loaner laptop. New laptop. New user. New software. Not a good combo on short notice.
 

240Geezer

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Okay. Checked out the vid. Matt that was great! Nice job.
Very clear and concise. Great demo on just what you need to know, what to look for, how to tune, and importantly, how it sounds.
(HL I get the musical burbble thing)
I’m not quite to the level of plunking down a grand on a full boat system but I can spring for the Tecsun or Country Com no problem. Without a license I’m just listening anyway.
Thanks Matt!!!
 

Jayclimber

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HandLoad

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I have the Grundig badged version of the (now Tecsun S2000). Present prices are circa $750.00 each! Yikes! Pretty good performance for Consumer-level Shortwave, but Why Not just go ahead and buy a HF radio? Only slightly higher price, for a much better spec Shortwave, with Transmitter included! You would lose FM broadcast band by buying a Transceiver, though.

UPDATE! I was gobsmacked by the ~$750.00 Price on the Tecsun S2000 quoted above, but searched no more. I should have! Here is an Ebay listing of better price!!!

https://www.ebay.com/p/TECSUN-S2000...rksid=p2349526.c100831.m5025&iid=121070790868

~$300.00!!!
 

Josh

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Good video, I’m going to try and listen in this week with my GP-5SSB. One of the members over on the other place sent me a balun when I got it that gives me really good reception when I string it up right. I normally just listen to storm chasers on it but it would be cool to start dipping my foot into this whole HAM thing.
 

Jayclimber

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#18
I downloaded the android version on an older android tablet! I'll test it out later this week but it's currently set to operate on Olivia 16-500 and it on 1500 at the waterfall but I have to figure out how to set the frequency... I'll have to find a youtube video on it...