Questions tagged [digital-modes]

Transmission of digital signals over Amateur Radio, including modes like PSK-31, RTTY, JT-65, JT-9, etc.

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Does anyone have any link to the original papers describing MSK144 and JT4?

I am looking for the original papers describing both MSK144 and JT4 protocols. I can easily find the corresponding papers for some other digital modes such as JT65 or FT8 (mainly at the Princeton ...
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How does a digital demodulator know which level it is reading?

I have recently started getting into wireless digital communications and I read about QAM modulation. But I am a little confused as to how the receiving demodulator would know which symbol it is ...
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Is this signal BFSK or BPSK?

I'm trying to analyse a signal from a HVAC remote control (864 MHz) with my HackRF, but I'm facing an interrogation about the used modulation: Is it BFSK (frequency modulation) or BPSK (phase ...
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How do you open ax.25 ports?

I'm trying to follow this tutorial I almost got to the end, about 9:15 was where I got stuck. Right about there, the speaker is about to wrap up- but I get a couple error messages. ...
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What is “allied mode” with regards to PSK31?

Wikipedia says: Colloquial usage of the term 'PSK31' in amateur radio usually implies the use of the most commonly used variant of PSK31: binary phase shift keying (BPSK). BPSK uses no error control, ...
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Transmit data over HF signal 10,000km away [closed]

I would like to transmit trinary data (-1,0,+1) on 20-30m wave to be received 10,000km away. From Europe to US. My first thought was this: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Burst-modulation-mode-f-...
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Can I transmit bit data over FM signal on 30m wave 10,000km away? [closed]

I am trying to understand if it's feasible to transmit -1,0,+1 data using FM on 20-30m wavelength to be received 10,000km away. From Europe to US. Ultimately I would like to create a solution which is ...
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Why is a separate repeater required for digital modes? Why can't an analog repeater be used for digital modes?

Regardless of the mode: digital or analog, the radios always transmit sinusoidal EM waves. So wouldn't a regular analog repeater be able to rebroadcast that EM signal regardless of its encoding?
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What is the format of Yaesu FT3D's QSOPCTDIR.dat and QSOPCTFAT.dat files?

The Yaesu FT3D can send photos, but only if taken with the optional external mic that has a camera. I want to be able to send photos that come from elsewhere, by putting them on the SD card. But it ...
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I configured FlDIGI to dislay letters before my PSK31 signal and then I forgot how I did it

Several months ago, before I had a Transceiver that worked, I configured FLDIGI to graphically display the letters QC 13P in the waterfall as a preamble to my PSK31 transmission. I remember I was ...
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How to send DMR SMS using MMDVM modem or hackrf?

I have a baofeng DMR radio with SMS feature, and since there is not much DMR radio owners in my area I want to do something myself. The easiest thing I can do I thought is to send myself some SMS as ...
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Which digital modes are formally specified sufficiently to be implemented?

Which currently popular digital/SDR modes do not require a pre-compiled library or pre-written source code? (e.g. has actually been used for QSOs as implemented from specification or sufficiently ...
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Is there a way to get FreeDV output level to follow the input audio amplitude?

I'm using a commonly available imbedded firmware implementation of FreeDV with an SSB HF transceiver. It seems that FreeDV encodes the input audio signal in both the frequency and time domains, ...
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How to fix SignaLink non-linearity problem?

I decided to check the linearity of my Yaesu FT-891 signal using an RF sampler and an oscilloscope. To generate two-tone (1550 Hz, 2150 Hz) signal I used Audacity. To connect the transceiver to the PC ...
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What contemporary digital modes do not require a GUI? [closed]

Assume a computer (Raspberry Pi, Mac, etc.) is used to connect to a radio (HF transceiver, etc.) via audio cable(s), USB port, or GPIO, etc. What contemporary computer DSP/digital modes, of those ...
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How to connect MX614 to an ATmega 328p and a DRA818V to make an APRS transceiver

I am in a process of making a nanosatellite on which I am considering putting an APRS digipeater. I know about micro-modem based on ATmega 328P but it is pretty power hungry. MX614 has really good ...
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What value goes in the AX.25 PID field if the Layer 3 protocol is not defined in the standard?

I am working on space-ground networking for a Cube Satellite, and one of our candidate Layer 2 protocols is AX.25. We haven't settled on a physical layer, but it's likely to be some form of quadrature-...
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Relative computational requirement for various digital modes?

What might be the relative computational performance requirements for the various popular digital modes? (FT, JT, WS, PSK31, etc.) I seem to recall FSK modulation/demodulation being done with 1 or so ...
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FLDigi Crashes When Trying to Load RigCAT Description File

I am trying to setup FLDigi with my ICOM-7300 via the USB connection so I can start using digital modes. Everytime I try to follow the instructions here, it doesn't work. Specifically, everytime I try ...
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JS8: does a QSO over a relay counts as a valid QSO?

I'm playing with the new JS8 mode. One feature I find particularly interesting is an ability to relay messages using rigs of other OP's. Though I'm not sure whether such QSOs should count as valid ...
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Digital networks — operator at control point, or automatic relay?

I've recently (part of studying for Extra license exam) learned about "mesh networks", where it's common to use repurposed wifi routers to connect at 2.4 or 4.8 GHz and form a network over a much ...
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Sending a downloaded file on digital: third party communication?

This came up in comments on this question. Since before the Internet was widely available, it's been common to pass along files received from other users or downloaded from a server somewhere. For ...
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Is compression “encryption” under FCC regs?

I read this question about digital signatures and FCC prohibitions on "obscuring" messages in amateur transmissions, and it cause me to think of something: the difference between encryption and ...
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Unidentified signals on FT8 frequencies

When I work in FT8 mode I often see signals like these: I couldn't identify these signals using SigiWiki nor managed I to decode them using WSJT-X. Though these signals seem to use 15 second frames. ...
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How does signal strength relate to bandwidth?

Let's say I have a 25 W transmitter. First I transmit some SSB signal with 2500 Hz bandwidth (no audio compressor is used, etc...). Then I transmit a BPSK31 signal with at most 100 Hz bandwidth using ...
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What devices are able to decode the EAS SAME headers, attention signal, and encoded marker?

When I was watching television, especially when I was younger, I sometimes heard a loud noise, followed by either a test message, or a genuine emergency broadcasts, like an Amber alert. The first ...
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WSJT-X V2: How to identify stations already logged?

In V1.9 of WSJT-X, there was a feature that allowed one to change the color of stations already logged. This was necessary in knowing whether or not to respond to a given CQ. In version 2, I am ...
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Digital Modes Transmission Traffic Comparisons

I am looking for data that compares the number of transmissions per month or year among the various digital modes such as DMR, D-star and Fusion. I want to see how popular these technologies have ...
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What equipment do I need to receive radio and connect to PC for listening

A great many moons ago, I spent a 24 hour period with a HAM radio connected to a PC, and listening to transmissions from a massive number of sources. Some of the transmissions included Morse, RTTY, ...
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Is Morse code a digital, binary mode?

At first glance Morse code looks like a digital mode - there are dits and dahs, two values which contain the information of the transmission. Alternatively, at any point in time there either is a ...
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What is the minimum equipment necessary to get on the air with FT8?

To the extent that FT8 is a way to bring people into the hobby or re-ignite passion among those who haven't been on the air in a while, what's the easiest way to get someone on the air with this new ...
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How to scan while avoiding digital/noise frequencies?

Is there an established way of scanning frequencies, while avoiding listening to digital signals or static? For example, is there a scanner on the market which will allow you to blacklist a specific ...
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Amateur Radio Long Distance Data Communication

My friends and I are going off to college ~180 miles/290 kilometres apart. As a project, we are looking into creating a data communication connection between our two schools. Our requirements would be:...
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Receiving audio output from IC-9100 through USB port

Can someone please give me a clue here? I'm having problems receiving data from the IC 9100 radio. I want to receive ax25 packets using FSK G3RUH modulation with an IC-9100 radio. It is configured ...
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How to decode a message with unknown bit rate in interstellar signal

I have a question about FSK modulation I'm going to frame in terms of a hypothetical: Imagine that you are transmitting a message to an ET in another solar system. The message is encoded in binary ...
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Do FCC regulations limit digital data rate?

Are there FCC regulations that specifically limit digital data rate on the amateur bands? Are there any recent or proposed changes? If so, what are they specifically?
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Can an SSB transmitter be used to transmit PSK?

Can a generic/typical analog SSB transmitter be used to send PSK modulated digital signals? If so, how does that work? How is a computer or DSP interfaced with an SSB transmitter? Line level ...
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How/where can I learn about ft8? [closed]

Where can I find information about the digital modes and how to get started on them? I would like a concise yet easy to understand tutorial.
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Fast TCP/IP radio modem on UHF band

I'm interested if it is possible to have a data radio modem that works on the UHF band 400MHz for TCP/IP communication. What I have in mind is something similar to a router, but using UHF band for ...
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Is there a legal limit to the bandwidth of a signal used in the amateur bands?

While a normal voice channel is ~10kHz-15kHz in bandwidth, some digital modes can be significantly wider. Are there any legal restrictions on how much bandwidth I could use for amateur radio ...
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Weak signal digital modes and clock synchronization

Why to some weak signal digital modes (jt9, jt65, etc.) require knowing a clock time? Does knowing this clock time provide any gain in signal detection ability? (lower required S/N?) What clock ...
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What is “Billion Code” for garage door openers from around 1996?

I've been trying to "hack" my garage door using an SDR (LimeSDR) for a high school physics project, and I have run into a snag. When I look at the signal and demodulate it using ASK in Ultimate Radio ...
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Is there an FT8 or other weak-signal digital mode specification available?

Is there a complete and programming language independent specification available for the FT8 digital mode? Detailed enough to implement both transmit and receive SDR software from scratch in two ...
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DMR Repeated Audio Packets

I have been performing several weak signal tests using the DMR mode. One of three things seems to happen when a signal gets weak. Audio is completely dropped for duration of weak signal. Audio ...
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Why does P25 occasionally break through tone squelch on my analog HTs?

When listening to our local repeater, which is now a combined P25/analog machine, every once in a while my squelch opens to a blast of digital noise. I've noticed this problem with at least two ...
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How do I install the DV4mini software on Ubuntu?

The documentation says the following: The program requires the complete installation of Mono. You install for example with apt-get the packet mono-complete. Until an installation packet is available ...
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How can I do direct digital synthesis of a 630m WSPR signal?

I want to do direct digital synthesis of a 630m band WSPR signal. Specifically I'd like to use an Atmega 328 chip running at 20 MHz to produce such a signal. I will use standard phase accumulator ...
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Multiple CDMA transmitters with same frequency and code

Theoretical assumption: I have multiple CDMA transmitters operating at same frequency and code placed 5 metres apart. My questions: Does the chances of my receiver receiving the data improve? That ...
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GNU Radio BPSK reception from ICOM SSB audio

I have BPSK flowgraphs that work fine in simulation as well as between two USRP boards at 1200 bps and sample rate of 48000 baud. In the transmitter flowgraph, the transmitter reads HDLC bits from a ...
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Is using a DDS chip directly a viable way to transmit 2FSK and PSK on HF?

I'm thinking of building an HF transmitter for data (AX.25 or PSK31). Rather than using an IF stage, I'm thinking of generating the RF frequencies (or phases) directly with a Direct Digital Synthesis ...