Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit

Building the RSGB PSK31 20m Centenary Kit
The RSGB PSK31 Centenary Receiver kit was released to celebrate the RSGB’s 100th year centenary and to encourage construction and interest in amateur radio. These kits have been constructed in schools and are proving popular in buildathons. The kit is a relatively simple (but effective) PSK31 receiver which you can connect to your computer, Raspberry ...

How to Give Useful PSK31 Signal Reports 2

How to Give Useful PSK31 Signal Reports
While using the PSK31 mode you often see people giving signal reports using the RST method (Readability, Strength, Tone). This was originally devised for Morse Code use, but has also widely been used for other modes like SSB (where Tone is dropped). Naturally many operators come from CW and SSB backgrounds when getting into data ...

Amateur Radio and Digital TV RFI 2

Amateur Radio and Digital TV RFI
I was recently talking to a neighbour and he asked casually if we were experiencing any loss of signal with our digital Freeview TV reception. I said we had (the XYL had mentioned it) and he went on to say that he had received a leaflet through the post saying TV reception may suffer due ...

PSK63, PSK125 and Beyond

PSK63, PSK125 and Beyond
PSK31 was designed to be slow to allow for keyboard to keyboard QSO’s, but sometimes you feel the need for speed. You may only have a short amount of time to operate or you may have had one too many coffees, when this occurs you can turn to PSK63, PSK125 and even higher to the ...

Common PSK31 Abbreviations 3

Common PSK31 Abbreviations
A number of abbreviations are used during an average PSK31 QSO, these are all borrowed from Morse code abbreviations. These may be familiar to you if you’ve had any CW experience, but for me this was all new so i had to learn it from scratch. The initial PSK31 contacts i decoded were a little hard to ...

How to construct a multi-band dipole using speaker wire 22

How to construct a multi-band dipole using speaker wire
I decided to build a multi-band dipole antenna as soon as i found out our new flat had loft access. After previously being constrained to a magnetic loop strung up in front of our living room window this was very exciting. In addition to this i even acquired an extra bedroom in which i could ...

Top PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 2) 8

Top PSK31 Tips for Beginners (Part 2)
I originally wrote my Top 10 PSK31 Tips for Beginners post to help others overcome the hurdles i had to work out for myself. The blog post has proved quite popular, so i thought i’d continue with some additional tips i have learnt since writing the first post. I hope you find something useful here to improve your ...

Beginners Guide to PSK31 Macros 17

Beginners Guide to PSK31 Macros
PSK31 operating is all about the macros. These are pre-canned sets of common information that you need to send on a per QSO basis, these obviously save you from typing a lot and they do get a lot of use! Macros are also helpful for non-English speaking amateurs, as they just need to setup the ...

Beginners guide to amateur radio

Beginners guide to amateur radio
When my interest in amateur radio was reinvigorated last year, the first question i had was how do i go about getting started? My interest in amateur radio started as a child by listening to Short wave radio and straying into the amateur bands on single side band (SSB). At that point i didn’t have ...

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation 3

Elecraft KX3 Portable Operation
I recently purchased and constructed the Elecraft KX3 Transceiver for portable operation. I specifically wanted this for SOTA (Summits on the Air) operation. I wanted to do a test run to make sure everything worked as expected, before i go and attempt to activate my first summit. The first test run was botched and saw me ...