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Getting Started with Digital Modes

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

QRP bike ride…

One of my favorite things to do in ham radio is to take a QRP rig with me on a bike ride. I’ve got several places where I go on my bicycle and set up a station.

This evening, I rode to one of my favorite spots and worked K2H (VA) and N4LB (TX) before packing it back up and heading home.

I used my Elecraft KX3 with a Sotabeams 20m/40m linked dipole antenna.


My bike with a portable camp chair and my radio gear stuffed into a pannier.


Here’s what it looked like after setup.  The antenna was hoisted up into a tree and tied off to the handlebars of my bike.  The KX3 has a Begali Adventure attached… what a fun combo!