I started very early in my ham life with digital modes. Maybe some remember the old DJ6HP designed RTTY converter and decoder. Later I joined the Packet Radio network with 1k2 and 9k6.... but never became a real digital-mode enthusiast
During Ham Radio 2007 exhibition I saw the booth from the microham company and bought a DigiKeyer unit to start with the famous PSK31.
Took some month to find the starting point but now everything is running and everything they all told me seems to be true:
- it is simple... if you know how to do
- it is fast
- it is working with low low low power perfect... yes , I tested it during a QSO with around 800 Watt in PSK... stupid.... make much more fun with 5 Watt
- yes... I will try to play with other digital modes in future
I selected from my collection the FT 1000 MK5 to be the radio I will use for digital modes.
My setup at home is now designed as follows:
The setup of the USB Device router is not sooooo easy, but if you read the manual step by step...I can promise: you will getthe things running. Sooner or later :-) I suggest you use always the newest built / release of Ham Radio Deluxe and also of the USB Driver sowtware
If you want me to give you any setup information from my station, please feel free to ask me
For the portable use of digital modes I have the following stuff ready to go:
- YAESU FT 857 or
- YAESU FT 897 or
- YAESU FT 817
- Tigertronics Signalink USB