I made a couple of FT8 contacts from here in St. John. I captured them for a video and then realized I probably needed to make a video about how to get started with FT8!
So, this video shows you how simple it is to configure and use the WSJT-X software to do FT8. I follow that up with some screen captures of contacts with Greece and France from my temporary vacation QTH here on the island.
If I only had 30 minutes to teach and demonstrate the PSK31 digital mode, this video is what I’d say and show. PSK31 is an excellent mode for QRP and you can work a lot of DX with it. If you haven’t tried it, you should! – Cliff
Winlink lets you easily send/receive email from anywhere on the face of the Earth with your HF radio. This is a key component of disaster preparedness for hams who will step up and provide communications for others in a time of need. (The impending Zombie Apocalypse is reason enough to learn this, people.)
In the first 7 minutes, I give you the background information on Winlink… what it is, why it’s important, and how it works. Then, I fire up the computer and a QRP radio (naturally!) to do a demo of sending and receiving email.
Want to get your head around the concepts and hardware needed to start using some of the amateur radio Digital Modes? You’ve come to the right place! This comprehensive video will tell you everything you need to know to get started and it lays the groundwork for a series of upcoming in-depth videos on RTTY, PSK31, JT65, and Winlink.
The following questions are answered in this video:
- Why Digital?
- What is Meant by Digital Modes?
- How Does Digital Work?
- What Kind of Radio is Needed?
- What Kind of Computer is Needed?
- Do I Have To Make My Own Cables?
- What Cables Are Required?
- What About Push-To-Talk?
- How Does A Signalink Box Make Things Easier?
- How to Connect Radios to a Signalink Box? (FT-817 and KX3)
- The Importance of Setting Optimal Audio Signal Levels