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I was expecting to see an AFSK option in the Fldigi "Op Mode" menu (as there is one option for CW, i.e.), why isn't it there?

Basically, I want to get the data send according to this.

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  • $\begingroup$ What kind of answer are you looking for, other than speculation on the authors' motivations (which is off topic)? $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Oct 28 '15 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ I've edited the question. Does it make sense? $\endgroup$ – KcFnMi Oct 29 '15 at 10:03
  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "AFSK"? Fldigi supports RTTY, which is a type of FSK or AFSK if you like. Maybe you mean AX25? Such as the 1200 baud protocol used for APRS. If you want the scoop on Fldigi, you need to ask one of their forums. See w1hkj.com . $\endgroup$ – Martin Ewing AA6E Oct 29 '15 at 14:54
  • $\begingroup$ I mean the AFSK treated by Direwolf. May I ask which kind of RTTY Direwolf deals with? $\endgroup$ – KcFnMi Oct 29 '15 at 17:27
  • $\begingroup$ Is it precise enough to say "the AFSK treated by Direwolf"? $\endgroup$ – KcFnMi Oct 29 '15 at 17:36
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Fldigi is largely intended for HF operation. From the beginner's guide:

Fldigi is a computer program intended for Amateur Radio Digital Modes operation using a PC (Personal Computer). Fldigi operates (as does most similar software) in conjunction with a conventional HF SSB radio transceiver, and uses the PC sound card as the main means of input from the radio, and output to the radio.

AFSK, as used by APRS and packet radio, is not very popular on HF. A few people do it for sure, but having tried it personally I can tell you it's not a very robust mode with all the noise and fading in a typical HF channel. Since the mode is typically deployed with no FEC at all, it's usual for any HF packet frequencies to be clogged with nothing but retransmit attempts.

Fldigi is also focused on "chat" modes, like PSK31. Again from the beginner's guide:

In this context, we are talking about modes used on the HF (high frequency) bands, specifically chat modes, those used to have a regular conversation in a similar way to voice or Morse, where one operator talks for a minute or two, then another does the same. These chat modes allow multiple operators to take part in a net.

So I suspect the reason you do not find AFSK in Fldigi is that it's neither popular (or really effective) on HF, and it's not a chat mode.

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  • $\begingroup$ In favor of AFSK popularity I will say it's used by many cubesat these days. $\endgroup$ – KcFnMi Oct 29 '15 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Cubesat is UHF and VHF, not HF - isn't it? $\endgroup$ – K8AXE Jan 25 '16 at 20:51

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