Thursday, August 25, 2011

More on JT65A and why there there's more to Ham Radio than Morse Code

Despite the fact that I haven't managed to make JT65-HF work on my laptop yet, the more I read about the JT65 modes and how people are working great DX with them, the more I'm impressed.

When PSK31 came out, it slipped into the 'almost mainstream' as a mode for people to work DX when they didn't have a big station for CW/SSB (wonder if we'll get to call them legacy modes one of these days...). PSK31 has built a great following over 10 or 12 years. I see JT65A for HF following in these footsteps.

Oh yes! Talking of legacy modes... someone who I greatly admire for a number of reasons recently posted on his Facebook status,'without CW it's just CB'.

Maybe it was a bit tongue-in-cheek - but I did laugh! What a 1980s view of the world! Sure Morse code is fun and it'll get through in many challenging conditions. I enjoy it myself and try to use it as well as I can. It's hardly the centre of the hobby or even advancement of the hobby, is it? To even suggest that without morse code that ham radio is just a 'appliance service' is pretty demeaning to people who have broader interests! And I think it's pretty demeaning to people who enjoy CB too ;-)

Anyway - have a look at these great articles from W6DTW and NW7US about JT65 - how it works and how you can use it in operation.

See the articles from David and Tomas here


Jerry Taylor said...

Hi Tim,

Sorry you are having issues installing JT65-HF. If there is anything I can help with, just let me know. I use it in conjunction with HRD to control the keying of the radio. Works great.

JT65A has become my new favorite mode. PSK31 had been my primary mode for the reasons you mentioned. My station is relatively small in the antenna department. I have a 6BTV but don't have room for a good radial system and a hamstick dipole for 20m on a push-up pole. Of course, living in the mile high city does help. :-)

With JT65A I've worked my furthest station to Australia and just this week have added the Ukraine to my DX list. I have also worked stations in Moscow and I believe JT65A gives me the best opportunity to work those like yourself I consider good friends on an HF mode. (D-STAR is too easy)

Keep trying my friend and let me know if I can help with anything. Once you get JT65-HF installed and running, I'm confident you'll see the same magic in JT65 that many of us do.


Tim said...

Thanks Jerry! I think it's something to do with the soundcard on my laptop! I'm certain it can be resolved one way or another. I *can* run the K1JT software ok, it was just something a bit quirky about the JT65-HF and my laptop. I'll have to research it a little more.

Thanks for the encouragement!

73, Tim


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