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Amateur Radio Soundblaster Software Collection

(by Oliver Welp, DL9QJ)

Packet Radio

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Flexnet
3.3g
PR
MS-DOS
Freeware
(not Public Domain!)
1200 & 9600 bps
s. Erfahrungsbericht
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AGW Packet Engine
(by SV2AGW)
 
PR
Win 95
Freeware
---
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Linux Kernel
2.1x + up
PR
Linux
Operating System
1200 & 9600 bps
pse read remarks
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RTTY

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
BTL (Blaster TeLetype)
(by ZL2AKM/GØVTQ)
1.54e
RTTY
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
Decode for Windows
(by Sim Yskes)
(1994)
RTTY (Baudot), SITOR
Win 3.1x + up
???
RX only
Download
RITTY
(by Brian Beezley, K6STI)
[2.38]
3.04
[RTTY & PACTOR]
RTTY
MS-DOS
Commercial
[USD 150.00]
(USD 100.00)
Usable with "RTTY" by WF1B
Program discontinued
BITTY
(by Brian Beezley, K6STI)
1.05
FSK modem (RTTY TSR)
MS-DOS
Commercial
(USD 50.00)
TSR only - requires terminal program
Program discontinued
TrueTTY
(by UA9OSV)
1.35
RTTY, PSK31
Win 95 + up
Shareware
(USD 35.00)
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PSATOR
beta 0.24
AMTOR, PACTOR
MS-DOS
Shareware
needs DSP Soundcard
Download
DigiPan
(by UT2UZ/KH6TY)
1.0c
PSK31
Win 95 & up
Freeware
more Info about PSK31
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PSK31LX
(by DL9RDZ)
0.6
PSK31
Linux
Freeware (?)
more Info about PSK31
Download here or here
PSK31 for Windows
(by G3PLX)
1.08
PSK31
Windows
???
more Info about PSK31
Download V 1.04
MIXW 32
(by UT2UZ)
1.03/1.12
RTTY, PSK31
Windows 95
Shareware
(USD 49.95)
more Info about PSK31
also here
Twpsk
(by WA0EIR)
7.0
PSK31
Linux
???
more Info about PSK31
look here for download
Analyzer 2000
V 3.20
AF Analyzer / PSK31
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 98.00)
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PhaseShift
V 0.22
PSK31
Linux
Freeware ???
---
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Multi Mode

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
FTV
(by 9H1JS)
1.0n
FAX & SSTV
(TX + RX)
CW, RTTY, WEFAX
(RX only)
Analyzer
MS-DOS
Shareware
(USD 25.00)
s. Erfahrungsbericht
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INTERCOM
(by PA3BYZ)
4.12
CW, RTTY (Baudot & ASCII), Feldhell, PSK (RX & TX),
TOR-FEC (RX)
MS-DOS
"Beerware"
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WriteLog for Windows (TM)
(by Wayne Wright, W5XD)
V 10.13
CW, RTTY, PSK31, SSB
Win 95/NT
Commercial
(USD 75.00)
contest logging software w/ decoding capability via SB
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RadioCom
(by Bonito)
5.0 RX / 4.0 TX
DSP-Filter/Analyser, RTTY, CW, Fax, SSTV & DCF-77
Win 95/NT
Commercial
(DM 506,00 (5.0 RX; only RX)
DM 498,00 (4.0; RX + TX))
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SBTSR
(by 4Z5BS)
V0.20beta
TSR (JVFax: Fax, SSTV)
MS-DOS
Freeware
TSR for using JVFax (DOS) with soundcard
Download
JVComm32
(by Eberhard Backeshoff, DK8JV)
V 0.97 a beta
Wx Fax (only RX), SSTV (RX + TX)
Win 95 / NT
Commercial
(DM 120,00)
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Mac MultiMode
(by Chris Smolinski)
2.5.0b2
CW, RTTY, SITOR-A/-B/FEC/Navtex, FAX, ACARS, WWVB, DTMF, CCIR, EIA, XPH, AF
Mac
Shareware
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Fax (Amateur and Weather Fax)

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
WXSat
(by Chr. Bock)
2.5
Fax (wx sats + HF fax)
Win 3.1x + up
Freeware
(ALAS)
---
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WeatherMan
(by Paul Hitchcock)
2.01
Wx Fax
MS-DOS (?)
Shareware
(USD 30.00)
---
Download
Download
WavSat
(by S. Bonnett)
2.0.0
Wx Fax
Win 3.1x + up
???
---
Download
Mscan Meteo
(by PA3GPY)
1.03
We Fax
Win 95/98
Commercial
(EUR 43,97)
---
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SATFAX
(by John Wilson, W4UVV)
2.01
Wx Fax
???
???
---
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WFAX/2
(by Jürgen Dankoweit)
April 1997
Wx Fax
OS/2
Shareware
---
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FAX.TGZ
(by Thomas Sailer)
???
Fax
Linux
???
---
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ACfax
???
Wx Fax
Linux
???
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Source ?


SSTV

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Mscan
(by PA3GPY)
3.116
SSTV
Win 95/98
Commercial
(EUR 43,97)
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WinPix32
(ex WinPixPro)

(by Don Rotier, K0HEO)
3.10
SSTV
Win 95 / NT
Commercial
(USD 79.00)
---
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W95SSTV
(by Silicon Pixels)
1.10 build 290
SSTV
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 50.00)
pse read experience report
---
ChromaPIX
(by Silicon Pixels)
beta 0.96.15b
SSTV
Win 95 / NT
beta
---
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WinSkan
(by KA1LPA)
1.06
SSTV
Win 3.1x + up
Shareware
(USD 60.00)
---
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SSTV32
(by KA1LPA)
1.1.1.42
SSTV
Win 95 + up
???
---
---
DL-SSTV
Test/Demo
SSTV
Win 3.1x + up
Shareware (?)
(DM 50,00)
---
Download
Blaster SSTV
-- Shareware
-- Full Version
(by WB9MMM)

V1.5
V1.3

SSTV
MS-DOS

Shareware (USD 30.00)
Commercial (USD 49.95)

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QSSTV
(by ON1MH)
3.0m
SSTV
Linux
Freeware
---
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Hell

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Feldhell
(by G3PPT)
???
Feld-Hell
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
MTHELL
(by G3PPT)
???
C/MT-Hell
MS-DOS (?)
Freeware
---
Download
Feldnew8
(by G3PPT)
1.2
Feld-Hell
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
SMTHEL8
(by G3PPT)
???
S/MT-Hell
MS-DOS (?)
Freeware
---
---
SlowFeld
(by G3PPT)
???
"experimental narrow band ultra slow speed Hellschreiber"
Win 95
Freeware
---
Download
Hellschreiber
(by IZ8BLY)
V 2.0
Feldhell
Win 95
Freeware
---
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IZ8BLY MT63 Terminal
(by IZ8BLY)
0.99j
MT63
Win 95
Freeware
More info about MT63
Erfahrungsbericht von DH7UAF
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CW

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Cluster Blaster
(by HA5DM)
2.60
CW
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
---
CWGet
(by UA9OSV)
1.0
CW
Win 95 + up
Shareware
(USD 15.00 - 35.00)
---
---
DSP-CW
(by SM3HXD)
4.1
CW / RTTY
MS-DOS
???
---
Download
DSPMORSE.ZIP
(FFTMORSE.ZIP)
1.0
CW
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
SBPMORSE.ZIP
---
CW
MS-DOS
Freeware
developed from FFTMORSE
Download
SwIta-CW
(by Nino Porcino)
0.9
CW
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
MRP 37 Morse Decoder
(by Polar Electric)
???
CW
MS-DOS
Commercial
(USD 59.00)
---
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Precision CW
(by Ernst Schroeder, DJ7HS)
V 2.3
Coherent CW
MS-DOS or DOS-Window
Shareware
---
---
SBMS
(by DL3JIN)
beta
CW (Meteorscatter)
MS-DOS / Win 3.1x / not NT
Freeware
(ALAS)
---
Download
MSDSP
(by 9A4GL)
0.70beta
CW (Meteorscatter)
MS-DOS 6.0 + up
Freeware
(ALAS)
TX & RX
Download V 0.41
VisualMS
(using CoolEdit)
---
CW (Meteorscatter)
???
???
---
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PED
(by MasIII H.Kozu, JE3MAS)
5.17
CW Pileup Trainer
MS-DOS
Freeware
also Ultra High Speed CW Trainer and Voice Pileup Trainer available
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Voice Tools

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Digital Voice Keyer
(by MIDXA)
1.1.0
Voice Tool
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 20.00)
---
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VoiceKeyExpress
(by N7QJP)
1.3.5
Voice Tool
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 10.00)
Voice keyer for contests and meteor scatter
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Vox Recorder
(by IZ8BLY)
???
Voice controlled recorder
Win 95 / NT
Freeware
---
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Recording Tools

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Vox Recorder
(by Nino Porcino)
???
Recording Tool
Windows 95 & up
???
---
---
Scanner Recorder
1.4.1 beta
Recording Tool
Windows 95 & up
Freeware
---
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RecAll
1.3
2.3
Recording Tool
Windows 3.1x
Windows 95 & up
Shareware
(USD 14.95)
---
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ZVEI, DTMF & More

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
DTMF Real-Time Decoder
(by James Shima)
Demo
DTMF
MS-DOS
Shareware (free for personal use)
---
Download
WinTone
V 2.02
DTMF, CCIR, ZVEI, EIA, EEA, NATEL and CTCSS
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 15.00)
30 days trial version
---
ZVEI-Geber
V 2.6
ZVEI-Geber
MS-DOS
???
---
Download
WinFMS / FMS32
(by HeiRueSoft)
???
FMS
Win 3.11
Win 95 + up
Commercial /
(DM 49,00 / DM 69,00)
---
---
Win-FMS
???
FMS
Win 95 / NT
Commercial /
---
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POC32
(by Deti Fliegl, DG9MHZ)
V 2.05
POCSAG Monitor
Win 95 / NT
Shareware (?)
---
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ACARS

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
WACARS
0.7
ACARS
(aircraft)
Win 3.1x + up
Freeware
---
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KRACARS
v1.2
ACARS
(aircraft)
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
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Analyzers & DSP

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
BIP Labs Software
1.01
3.0
3.0
AF Counter
AF Digital Scope
AF Sine Wave Gen.
Win 3.1 + up
Public Domain
Link currently not working. Who has information?
Download:
Counter
Scope
Sine Wave Gen.
ChromaSOUND
(by Silicon Pixels)
0.19
AF DSP Filter
Win 95 / NT
beta
---
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DAQARTA
(by Interstellar Research)
1.1.6
"Real-time FFT spectrum / color spectrogram / waveform display"
MS-DOS
Shareware
---
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FFT Properties
(by Janez Makovsek)
3.5
AF analyzer
Win 95 + up
Shareware
(USD 89.00 to 149.00
---
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GNASP1
(by Gerd Niephaus)
1.00
DSP processor (filter/analyzer)
Win 95 / NT
Freeware
---
---
MicFFT
(by Craig Walsh)
1.2
Spectrum Analyzer
MS-DOS (?)
Freeware
---
Download
Download
Spectra
(by IZ8BLY)
???
Spectrum Analyzer
???
???
---
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Spectrum FFT
(by Harlan Technologies)
V 2.02
AF Spectrum Analyzer
MS-DOS
Commercial
(USD 89.95)
---
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Audio Analyzer
(by Harlan Technologies)
V 1.3
AF Spectrum Analyzer
MS-DOS
Commercial
(USD 39.95)
---
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Generate
(by G.V.Associates Inc.)
1.0
AF Generator
???
Shareware
(USD 15.00)
---
Download
FFT Spectra SofTest Series
(by Sound Technology's)
div.
AF Generator / Analyzer
Win 3.11 / Win 95
Commercial
---
SpectraPLUS also available here
Frequency
5.1
AF Analyzer
MS-DOS
Linux
Freeware
(GNU)
---
Download
Attention! Trojan Horse reported on this file!
Spectrogram
(by R. S. Horne)
5.0.8
AF Analyzer
Win 95 + up
Freeware
Radio Version (4.2.6.5);
Old Versions
(4.12 (Win95) / 2.3 (Win 3.1x))
---
Spectrogram
(By Philip van Beren)
2.0
AF Analyzer
MS-DOS
Linux
Freeware
(GNU)
---
Download
Spectrum Analyzer
(by Philip van Beren)
2.0
AF Analyzer
MS-DOS
Linux
Freeware
(GNU)
---
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Software for Sound Analysis
(by Universitа degli Studi di Pavia)
???
AF Analyzer
MS-DOS
Freeware
(registration required)
---
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SR5
(by John Reeve)
1.0
Real time audio filter and Spectrum Analyser
Win 95 + up
Shareware
(USD 25.00)
---
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Swezey Filter
(by Tom Swezey)
2.0
AF DSP for SWL
Win 95 / 98 / NT
Shareware
(USD 39.95)
---
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Analyzer 2000
V 3.20
AF Analyzer / PSK31
Win 95 / NT
Shareware
(USD 98.00)
---
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DSP Blaster
(by Brian Beezley, K6STI)
2.17
Filters / Spectrum Analyzer
MS-DOS
(Win 3.1x & 95 ok)
Commercial
(USD 125.00)
---
Download capability discontinued due to software revision.
FFTDSP
(by Mike Cook, AF9Y)
42u
DSP
???
Shareware
(USD 37.00)
---
Download
Hamview
(by I2PHD & IK2CZL)
2.21
Audio Analyzer & Filter
MS-DOS 6.xx
(Win95 DOS window)
Freeware
(not for commercial use)
---
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Spectran
beta 2c
AF analyzer
Win 95 / 98 / NT
beta version
---
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SbFFT
(by Kevin J. McWilliams, KW5Q)
1.2
spectrum analyzer / filter
MS-DOS
Freeware
---
Download
EchoFilter
(by Louis Botha)
beta
AF analyzer / filter / counter
Win 95 & up
beta version (free)
---
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Sonstiges / Miscellanea

Software / Link Version Mode System Status Remarks Direct Download
Xmit_ID
(by R. Rager, KB8RLN)
2.61
FM Transmitter Identification
MS-DOS
Freeware
(GNU GPL)
Program analyses the unique fingerprint of an FM transmitter
Download
PolarPlot
(by G4HFQ)
1.30.1
Polar diagram
Win 95 / 98 / NT
Shareware
(Ј 25.00)
Program measures the polar diagram of a rotatable beam
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BeaconSee
???
NCDXF/IARU HF beacon monitor
Win 95 / 98
Shareware
(USD 29.00)
analyses NCDXF IARU HF beacon network
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Remarks

Linux Kernel

From the Sound HOWTO:

"Another novel use for a sound card under Linux is as a modem for amateur packet radio. The recent 2.1.x kernels include a driver that works with SoundBlaster and Windows Sound System compatible sound cards to implement 1200 bps AFSK and 9600 bps FSK packet protocols. See the Linux AX25 HOWTO for details (I'm a ham myself, by the way -- callsign VE3ICH)."


Erfahrungen / Experience


Allgemein / General

Sound Card:

Many of these programs use a direct access to the sound card hardware, thus so-called "Soundblaster compatible" cards often will not work. So use an original Creative Labs Soundblaster card (Pro, 16, 32 AWE, 64 AWE) whenever possible. That does not mean that your compatible card will not work at all; it depends on the program. Some programs will work with many cards, some only on original SBs. Just try, but keep in mind that you may encounter problems.

Always install the latest driver available, since older drivers might contain bugs. - Some programs (e. g. W95SSTV, ChromaPix) that run under 32 bit operating systems (Windows 95/98, NT) may require a 32 bit sound card driver. Even a driver for Windows 95/98 does not automatically have to be a 32 bit driver - sometimes it is a 16 bit driver and you will not even know.

Do not tune the input and output volumes to its maximum, 1/3 usually is enough, larger volumes can cause distortion since the audio amplifiers on sound cards are not quite linear.

Connections:

When using the "Microphone" input of the sound card, the signal will be lead through the microphone preamplifier. So do not use the "Microphone" input since this can cause distortion - always apply signal to the "Line In" input. Same is applicable for the output; use "Line Out" instead of the "Speakers" output.

When connecting to the radio, usually a direct connection will work. If you encounter problems with hum or others (noise caused by the computer etc.), try an audio transformer or a capacitor in the signal path to avoid galvanic connection. Consider the impedance of the sound card and your receiver / transmitter.

At the receiver, use a fixed level audio output e. g. for tape recording, if your receiver has such an output. If not, use the audio output but tune it to about 1/3 of maximum volume - more can cause distortion. High speed data (such as 9k6 packet radio) will need the connection to the discriminator output of the FM chip, the normal audio output will not work.

Transmitting:

If the program has transmit capability, the radio needs to be switched to transmit mode. Sound cards do not have a PTT (push-to-talk) output, so additional hardware might be neccessary. Many programs use a simple device like the DSR or RTS pin of a serial port to switch the PTT, this signal will switch a transistor which sets the PTT input of your radio to ground level. Please read the programs documentation to see what device will be neccessary. Sometimes (when fast switching is not required) an audio Vox circuit or the Vox of your radio can do the switching.


Flexnet

Verwendete Hardware und sonstige Software:

PC 486DX/33 MHz, 8 MB RAM, Soundkarte Shuttle 48 (SB 16-komp.; später original SB 32 AWE), MS-DOS 6.22, GP 1.61b; Icom IC-820H

Ergebnis:

Funktioniert (sowohl 1200 bps als auch 9600 bps)
Man sollte bei der Implementierung schrittweise vorgehen:
1. Schritt: Keine Verwendung der Soundkarte und der dafür benötigten SB-Treiber, sondern Konfiguration für ein vorhandenes Modem. In meinem Fall war das ein 1k2-BayCom-Modem (ser.). Das Modul TFEMU benötigte die Option /dm, damit es mit GP zusammen lief. GP ist recht groß, daher EMS notwendig. Läuft mit EMM386 zusammen.
2. Schritt: SB-Treiber, 1200 bps. Es stellte sich heraus, daß die SB-Treiber nicht zusammen mit EMM386 laufen; ohne EMS im konventionellen Speicher war nur noch eine Minimal-Konfiguration von GP möglich. Eine Umstellung auf QEMM brachte Abhilfe, nun kann GP wieder in normaler Größe geladen werden. - Es war notwendig, die Soundkarte als Windows Sound System zu konfigurieren. - Als PTT wurde die Lösung für die serielle Schnittstelle gewählt (-> COM3: mit gleichem IRQ wie COM1:, dort wird die Maus betrieben, ergab keine Probleme). - Aus bislang ungeklärten Gründen stürzte das Programm beim Starten manchmal ab; wenn es gestartet war, lief es ohne Probleme. Dieser Effekt wurde später mit einer Original SB 32 AWE nicht mehr beobachtet. Die SB 32 AWE ist nicht als WSS konfiguriert.
3. Schritt: 9600 bps. (Shuttle 48: Die Aussendungen klappen offenbar, da mein Digi darauf reagiert, der Empfang aber nicht.) Erneuter Test mit SB 32 AWE - funktionierte auf Anhieb. Allerdings wurde auch ein anderer Digi zum Testen verwendet (DBØEA statt wie bislang DBØMSC; letzterer hatte selbst einige Probleme bei Geschwindigkeiten > 1200 bps). Inzwischen funktioniert es aber auch mit DBØMSC.

Fazit: Das Flexnet-Programmpaket kann wirklich jedem empfohlen werden, der schnell und günstig in PR 1200 bps oder 9600 bps QRV werden bzw. von 1200 auf 9600 bps "aufsteigen" möchte. Das Setup ist aber nicht ganz einfach.

Erfahrung von: Oliver Welp, DL9QJ, dl9qj@amsat.org


FTV

Verwendete Hardware und sonstige Software:

PC, Win95; LOWE HF 150

Ergebnis:

Probiert habe ich bisher nur Funk Fax. Funktioniert ganz ordentlich (auch unter WIN 95). Allerdings sind selbst bei einem schon sehr hohen NF Signal/Rauschabstand von 48 dB die empfangenen Bilder nicht gerade perfekt was allerdings auch an meinem Empfaenger (LOWE HF 150) liegen kann.

Erfahrung von: Peter Bolch, nc-bolchpe@netcologne.de


W95SSTV

Hardware and software used:

Pentium 150, 48 MB RAM, video capture card Winnov Videum AV (with integrated soundcard), Sony Camcorder, Windows NT 4.0 SP3

Results:

W95SSTV really is a great piece of software and easy to use. The setup is easy, you should know that the input level (see volume control) should be quite small in order not to distort the sigs (should not excced 1/2 - and it should not be muted...). Includes good documentation. The hardware requirements are quite high (486 and Windows 95 is minimum, better Pentium and (I'd say) NT), but if you meet them, W95SSTV truely is all you need to become QRV in SSTV in the best and cheapest way possible. Try it out! (if this sounds enthusiastic about this program, you got the message... ;-))

Report by Oliver Welp, DL9QJ, N3NSF, dl9qj@amsat.org

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