PMRC Digital Education Net
Every Tuesday evening at 1900 (7:00 PM)
The first 60 minutes of tonight's net will be an FLDIGI (no microphone) net using THOR 22 for checkins, and 8PSK500F for traffic,
or MFSK 128 for images. Please have FLAMP open and running, as I will send out a csv spreadsheet using FLAMP.
Maybe we will have some political news.....
After the digi net, around 8 pm, we will continue to explore the newest version of WSJT-X (2.0) and take a second look at the new features in FT8 mode.
Please download the latest version at the WSJT-X home page at Princeton university.
We can practice on 2m and on 80m for those capable of HF operation.
I tuned in this morning to 14.078 (USB dial freq) and listened for about ten minutes, and heard stations from all over Europe and NA on the mode FT8.
Remember to first synchronize your computer clock with a standard internet signal.... you MUST be within one second of true UTC to work the JT modes.
My antenna on 20m was a simple 17 ft home-made vertical with alum tubing, about 10 ft above ground, with two horizontal 17 ft radials..... the antenna lashed to a big tree.
Feedline was 100 ft of RG213 with a tuner in the shack.
Simple and inexpensive antenna, but it puts out (and catches) low-angle signals from all over the world.
Here is a sample screen capture with FT8. I tried a few times to snag the 9H1ET station from Malta .... no luck, using 20W. His signal at my qth was -22 dB (yes, FT8 works at that signal level).
Note the MENU: UTC time, the received signal strength (dB) and the difference in clock times (DT) and the audio frequency (pitch) on the waterfall (Freq), then the message.
The GREEN highlighted signals are the CQ's.
My transmissions are highlighted in blue.
The waterfall was teaming with signals.
The waterfall shows about 15 different stations all crammed into a 2 kHz bandwidth!
CU all tonight on the DEN