The Bull Shed Sched Thread: standing QSO schedule-

HandLoad

Sparky!
Brass Subscriber
#1
Beginning March, 2019, The Hams of OTGF will have a Digital QSO/(and maybe begin a NET?) Thursday Afternoons/Evenings.

You will need a Shortwave Receiver capable of SSB reception, and a Computer. Look for the version of FLDigi software that works with Your Operating System, download and install. Use the "Help" tab, and set things up as directed in the "Beginner's Guide"...

Set Your Receiver to: 7027 KHz, USB, and Your FLDigi to a +1500 Hz bandwidth (so extending to 7028.5 KHz). We will be Using OLIVIA digital mode 16/500 to start, but may switch over to CONTESTIA 16/500 if band conditions are good or better.

FLDigi's Free software will switch between OLIVIA and CONTESTIA Automagically, if You have enabled Transmit and Receive Auto ID.

Sessions will start at 2359 ZULU for a while, but may change due to seasonal changes in Grey Line, subject to group concensus.

As with all QSOs, Interference may force QSYs (Frequency changes)

Looking Forward to All OTGF members' participation - until/unless we formalize a NET, it will be mostly a "fun with Radios" free-wheeling discussion place to help folks get comfortable with using their Radios.

Matt, @AGreyMan , and Guy(Me), @HandLoad , will be happy to give help.
 
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HandLoad

Sparky!
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#5
You can just place the radio next to the computer, and tell it to shout at the Computer, and command the computer to listen.

Or, just a cable from Headphones out of the Radio, into the "microphone jack on the confuzer!
 

HandLoad

Sparky!
Brass Subscriber
#7
Seriously, @Sacajawea , arfter you load FLDigi on Your Computer, install, then go to "Help" tab. There find "Begin here...or something like that...it will run You through a setup routine. Then, using only "audio coupling" the software will listen to the room (ya gotta be quiet) and decode the Musical burble coming in through thr receiver's Speaker. Get everything set right, and it is kinda amazing!
 

HandLoad

Sparky!
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#8
As @240Geezer has found, there are presently very few Hams using this mode, so you may only hear Matt and Me, when We get to Rag-Chewing. I personally have (in nearly Six Months) only heard One other Conversation in OLIVIA digital mode. It is about as private as can be!
 
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Sacajawea

Bobcat Woman
Silver Subscriber
#9
OK, so I don't need to be online once I've installed the software, right? Dunno, what my little Sony will be able to get for a signal downstairs... or that I'll remember to get FLDigi downloaded. LOL. I'm dogsitting till tomorrow night, along with holding down the fort and trying to take care of some other stuff.
 

240Geezer

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Gold Subscriber
#11
Watch AGMs video. It’s short and sweet and will show you what buttons to click on to get it configured correctly.

I have CCrane shortwave reciever. I’m going to try that. I also have tried using a WebSDR station signal. Both those have produced waterfall display results. Even got a little Morse code to show up and the software decoded it somewhat.

It’s something you’ll have to tinker with so don’t expect to just plug and play.

HL and AGM are experienced at this.
I am not licensed yet. My radio and antenna are receive only and not optimal.

Ask them questions and try to get setup and used to the software before QSO starts as conditions only last for so long before us to the east side will start to lose long distance reception.
 

AGreyMan

Doing the best I can
Brass Subscriber
#13
One "managing expectations" tip: If you are using a shortwave receiver and do not have a few dozen feet of an outside antenna connected to your radio, you may be unable to hear us.

HandLoad and I are using a measly 30 watts of power, about the same as the bulb in your refrigerator. It works (well) because we have a lot of wire in the air to receive the signal, and we are using decent quality transceivers. If your Shortwave has SSB (sideband) capability, it is likely of sufficient quality.
 

240Geezer

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Gold Subscriber
#15
One "managing expectations" tip: If you are using a shortwave receiver and do not have a few dozen feet of an outside antenna connected to your radio, you may be unable to hear us.

HandLoad and I are using a measly 30 watts of power, about the same as the bulb in your refrigerator. It works (well) because we have a lot of wire in the air to receive the signal, and we are using decent quality transceivers. If your Shortwave has SSB (sideband) capability, it is likely of sufficient quality.
Ok but it’s gonna get cold with the window open.
 

HandLoad

Sparky!
Brass Subscriber
#18
Folks are looking for antennas. A longwire is great for reception, with any radio receiver. Also work well (with an antenna tuner) for Transmit/Receive duties.

Home Depot has 20-gauge twisted pair wire in 100'and 500' reels, cheap!

Here is 130'of wire that would work well, if you solder/join the red length to the white length, end to end, for really Cheap:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Cerrowire-65-ft-20-2-Solid-Bell-Wire-206-0101BA3/202304706

Would need to be supported (like by tree limbs or brush) so catenary pull won't break the wire.
 
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