Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Download and install FLDIGI

Download and install FLDIGI

***ARAAS***


Firstly download FLdigi from this link: https://sourceforge.net/projects/fldigi/files/latest/download 






Now when you open a websdr the audio will be directed to the FLDIGI software and will be able to decode it.

Installing MixW software

Download and install MixW

***ARAAS***


Please visit : https://rigexpert.com/products/software/mixw-4/downloads/
















Click on download version 1.0.5, this will be saved to downloads folder and can also be seen at the bottom of your browser. Double click on the MixW4-1.0.5.exe to start the install.

Follow the simple install steps below



























When MixW opens please fill in your details






















Click on sound card settings, this is where the magic of virtual audio cable comes into play.
Please choose INput and OUTput as the virtual cable and click on SAVE!






















Now when you open a websdr the audio will be directed to the MixW software and will be able to decode it. Note you can close the cat control and ignore frequency / mode in the mixw program.


Download and install VB-Audio (virtual audio cable) Windows only !!!!

Installing Virtual Audio cable

***ARASS***


Please visit the following web site: https://www.vb-audio.com/Cable/index.htm


























Click on the download button in orange, vbcable_driver_pack43.zip will download to your downloads directory., you should also see it in the bar at the bottom of your browser, assuming you have winzip or other extractor program installed you can double click to open it.




You may have to right click and run as administrator, otherwise just double click the 32 or 64 version right for your PC.





Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Online / Web based Kiwi SDR Weather Fax decoding on demand and as a service

Continuing our series of Amateur Radio As A Service (ARAAS) this post looks into another built in feature of the famous Kiwi web based SDR, the ability to decode FAX transmissions on the fly.

On the HF bands Fax is mainly used to transmit weather related information.

You can find the locations and schedule HERE

So go find a kiwi sdr station at http://sdr.hu in our example we used I1CRA / IZ1GLG (thank you)



Locate the above panel, which will appear bottom right side of the web page, in the extension drop down choose fax. You will see the screen changes, the fax decoder and fax control panel are now seen.










Given in this example we are using the kiwi sdr located in Italy, we can use a frequency in Europe, for the best results, if you select the top frequency, then click next until you find an active one.



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You should start seeing some nice decodes as seen in the screenshots above 










Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Retevis sponsor us a RT-95 radio for the vectra *Benidorm or bust*

Retevis have kindly donated a pair of RT95 FM analogue radios for us to use in the Benidorm or bust rally in June. Here are a few pictures of the installed unit in our vectra. Looking rather solid and good looking!


Not the wire is drilled through in the above picture, for a more permanent fixture.


Take a step back and see how compact the radio is and how well it fits in the glove box, for a discreet place to hide it away.

Review: Retevis RT95 dual band analogue FM radio



As you can see above the retevis rt95 has a well lit display and microphone for easy use in the dark.


This radio will pick up FM satellites when attached to a reasonable antenna.
You can hear AO-85 on this pass!



This is another FM Satelliet called SO-50


First thing you will need to do when you get your FT95 is expand the frequency range, before programming anything! (you will lose the settings and saved copy will not load!)

Important to ensure PTT is pressed to make the band change.


RT-95 can expand into OFCOM Business lite radio license as discussed in this video


Ensuring Low power (5 watts max) this shows the licensed frequencies I could use.


Here is another example of how diverse this radio is, we can receive APRS packet data and plot it on a map.

Knight Rider lights installed on the vectra *benidorm or bust*