Mechanical TTY - WAS: FFT display
Used to love to take the cover off my old model 19 and watch it hammer away. Ahhh, the smell of warm oil and oily paper chads everywhere. Of course, the noise with the cover off didn't win me any points with the rest of the family...toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Think there is an op in the RTTY contests who still does the above because it seems like there are a lot of non-printing characters after his call and before his carrier drops !!
Mike / W8DN
On 4/29/2020 6:46 PM, TED ALGREN wrote:
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I started operating RTTY in January 2011 using the now classic sound card setup with MMTTY barefoot. My objective was to complete DXCC in digital mode, But it has always been an item on my bucket list to operate what a local ham club member affectionately dubbed "steam-RTTY", the mechanical, chattering, oily, chad-spitting machine terminal RTTY! Some day I'll find a local steam-RTTY ham station!
There are better and more efficient digital modes, but RTTY remains the ONLY digital mode (CW excepted) that can be encoded and decoded by mechanical means, and is of course the original "texting mode". CW is the only digital mode that can be encoded and decode manually, and is the original "social media" mode.
Pardon my nostalgia and trip down memory lane, but please don't rush those museum candidates to Neptune's depths just yet.
Thanks to the many hams on this reflector who helped me with my initial RTTY questions, and to the patient hams of my initial RTTY contacts.
With kindest regards,
Kai Siwiak, KE4PT
On 4/29/2020 19:44, Mike Rhodes wrote:
Used to love to take the cover off my old model 19 and watch it hammer away. Ahhh, the smell of warm oil and oily paper chads everywhere. Of course, the noise with the cover off didn't win me any points with the rest of the family...