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Re: Weather Form

George Blakeslee
 

Not sure if this site has been shared.
You can get decoded METAR data here


at bottom of page, put in local airport ID and choose Decoded,then click Get METAR data

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You will get

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73  George  N1GB

 


On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 11:29 PM Al Szymanski via Groups.Io <aszy=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
Oops : here's the link :  https://www.la.utexas.edu/users/kimmel/GRG301K/grg301kmetars.html

Al
K7AOZ



--
George Blakeslee


Re: Weather Form

Al Szymanski
 


Re: Weather Form

Al Szymanski
 

Former pilot here : these were our hourly bits to digest as weather changes that often. Here's a link to another very good site with some of the longer examples. As Bob G. said , all the data ( and then some ) that one could need is there.

Al
K7AOZ
Skywarn : M150


Re: Weather Form

Bob Gosnell
 

The METAR data/format works out great. It has all the data needed. I’d go with that.

Bob, N0DAN

On Dec 3, 2019, at 2:38 PM, Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Hi All,

During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind, humidity etc.

The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.

73, Ron NY3J



Re: Weather Form

W. T. Jones <wn3lif@...>
 

Yes, thanks for the metar document!
That is good stuff there.
Often heard but never understood. Now I have an idea of it.

Regards,

WT
Real heroes do not wear capes. They wear dog tags, turnout gear, and badges!


On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 10:40 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Harry, quick way to get the information. When Michael mentioned the METAR data I thought it referred to the weather macro. I just looked up the metar data for KPNE.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 10:12 PM, schmaapeesel wrote:

For those who don’t normally work with the METAR formatted weather information, I have attached a WORD document that gives the explanation of the weather data in the METAR string.  No need for a custom form.  It is a string of data (plain text) and it is available from all airports with weather data.  Here is the data just copied from the closest airport from me.

 

METAR KULS 040303Z AUTO 30003KT 10SM CLR 00/M04 A3008 A02

 

Follow the instructions on the attached document.  If that doesn’t work for anyone, Email me direct, or GOOGLE  -    METAR Format    -   and keep that information handy until you have memorized it.  I have been flying for about 55 years so I have it mostly memorized, but I know there are people who have never seen it before.

 

Just my 3 cents worth, for free today,

 

 

 

Thanks,

Harry  N0HQG

 

From: nbems@groups.io [mailto:nbems@groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Levesque
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 8:54 PM
To: nbems@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nbems] Weather Form

 

If someone makes a crude drawing of a form with the fields I can create a custom form

 

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the
METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would
be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro
or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
> FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA
> uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind
> speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud
> conditions, barometric pressure, etc.
>
> Michael WA7SKG
>
> Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and
>> Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just
>> a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a
>> custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind,
>> humidity etc.
>>
>> The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get
>> my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
>>
>> 73, Ron NY3J
>
>
>



--

Larry Levesque
KA1VGM
Cheshire County EC
NHARES



Re: Weather Form

 

Thanks Harry, quick way to get the information. When Michael mentioned the METAR data I thought it referred to the weather macro. I just looked up the metar data for KPNE.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 10:12 PM, schmaapeesel wrote:

For those who don’t normally work with the METAR formatted weather information, I have attached a WORD document that gives the explanation of the weather data in the METAR string.  No need for a custom form.  It is a string of data (plain text) and it is available from all airports with weather data.  Here is the data just copied from the closest airport from me.

 

METAR KULS 040303Z AUTO 30003KT 10SM CLR 00/M04 A3008 A02

 

Follow the instructions on the attached document.  If that doesn’t work for anyone, Email me direct, or GOOGLE  -    METAR Format    -   and keep that information handy until you have memorized it.  I have been flying for about 55 years so I have it mostly memorized, but I know there are people who have never seen it before.

 

Just my 3 cents worth, for free today,

 

 

 

Thanks,

Harry  N0HQG

 

From: nbems@groups.io [mailto:nbems@groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Levesque
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 8:54 PM
To: nbems@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nbems] Weather Form

 

If someone makes a crude drawing of a form with the fields I can create a custom form

 

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the
METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would
be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro
or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
> FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA
> uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind
> speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud
> conditions, barometric pressure, etc.
>
> Michael WA7SKG
>
> Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and
>> Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just
>> a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a
>> custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind,
>> humidity etc.
>>
>> The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get
>> my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
>>
>> 73, Ron NY3J
>
>
>



--

Larry Levesque
KA1VGM
Cheshire County EC
NHARES



Re: Weather Form

schmaapeesel
 

For those who don’t normally work with the METAR formatted weather information, I have attached a WORD document that gives the explanation of the weather data in the METAR string.  No need for a custom form.  It is a string of data (plain text) and it is available from all airports with weather data.  Here is the data just copied from the closest airport from me.

 

METAR KULS 040303Z AUTO 30003KT 10SM CLR 00/M04 A3008 A02

 

Follow the instructions on the attached document.  If that doesn’t work for anyone, Email me direct, or GOOGLE  -    METAR Format    -   and keep that information handy until you have memorized it.  I have been flying for about 55 years so I have it mostly memorized, but I know there are people who have never seen it before.

 

Just my 3 cents worth, for free today,

 

 

 

Thanks,

Harry  N0HQG

 

From: nbems@groups.io [mailto:nbems@groups.io] On Behalf Of Larry Levesque
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2019 8:54 PM
To: nbems@groups.io
Subject: Re: [nbems] Weather Form

 

If someone makes a crude drawing of a form with the fields I can create a custom form

 

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the
METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would
be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro
or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
> FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA
> uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind
> speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud
> conditions, barometric pressure, etc.
>
> Michael WA7SKG
>
> Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and
>> Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just
>> a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a
>> custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind,
>> humidity etc.
>>
>> The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get
>> my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
>>
>> 73, Ron NY3J
>
>
>



--

Larry Levesque
KA1VGM
Cheshire County EC
NHARES


Re: Weather Form

 

Hi Larry,

To my rescue again :-) You made a report for the Bucks County's Pandemic Drill a few years back and man was it a hit.

Attached is the form from Winlink that got me thinking. Hopefully I can send files to the group.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:54 PM, Larry Levesque wrote:
If someone makes a crude drawing of a form with the fields I can create a custom form

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the
METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would
be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro
or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
> FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA
> uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind
> speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud
> conditions, barometric pressure, etc.
>
> Michael WA7SKG
>
> Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and
>> Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just
>> a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a
>> custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind,
>> humidity etc.
>>
>> The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get
>> my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
>>
>> 73, Ron NY3J
>
>
>




--
Larry Levesque
KA1VGM
Cheshire County EC
NHARES


Re: Weather Form

Larry Levesque
 

If someone makes a crude drawing of a form with the fields I can create a custom form

On Tue, Dec 3, 2019 at 9:20 PM Ron via Groups.Io <rwenig=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the
METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would
be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro
or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
> FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA
> uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind
> speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud
> conditions, barometric pressure, etc.
>
> Michael WA7SKG
>
> Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
>> Hi All,
>>
>> During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and
>> Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just
>> a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a
>> custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind,
>> humidity etc.
>>
>> The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get
>> my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
>>
>> 73, Ron NY3J
>
>
>




--
Larry Levesque
KA1VGM
Cheshire County EC
NHARES


Re: Weather Form

 

Thanks Michael,

That's what I was thinking. I usually use the WX macro and have the METAR data pop up. Then copy and paste to an Flmsg. I thought it would be cool to have a custom form to enter that information from the macro or if someone had a weather station at their QTH then use that data.

73, Ron NY3J

On 12/3/2019 9:05 PM, Michael WA7SKG wrote:
FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, etc.

Michael WA7SKG

Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:
Hi All,

During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind, humidity etc.

The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.

73, Ron NY3J


Re: Weather Form

Michael WA7SKG
 

FWIW, some agencies are gong with a standard METAR format, like NOAA uses for airport weather. It's a quick code format that includes wind speed and direction, current temperature, visibility, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, etc.

Michael WA7SKG

Ron via Groups.Io wrote on 12/3/19 12:38 PM:

Hi All,
During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind, humidity etc.
The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.
73, Ron NY3J


Weather Form

 

Hi All,

During storms in the area we sometimes send out the Storm Report and Severe WX forms to report conditions. I noticed that Winlink has just a plain Weather Report form. I was wondering if anyone created a custom form to just report things like the temperature, wind, humidity etc.

The custom form process in Flmsg is a nice feature. I just can't get my HTML skills up enough to design a nice looking form.

73, Ron NY3J


Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Nikki Bruce Iphone 6s Bruce
 

Thanks Ross for the information I have another software that I’ll have to work for a fix but no big deal just waiting for the patch file. 




On Monday, November 25, 2019, 8:17 PM, Ross Bennett <therossbennett@...> wrote:

I’m running Catalina 15.1 and have used FLdigi and FLmsg both with considerable success.  We just used that installation as part of a regional exercise passing much digital traffic. No trouble. We also used it without trobule in Catalina 15.0.

Remember that when you download the dmg and open it, it’s mounting as a disk drive and you’ll need to drag the applications within to the Applications directory of your computer.  This is a pretty common way to install applications on a Mac, so you’ll want to understand what’s happening there.  It’s not done with the App Store installations, and downloaded pkg installers run more as installer apps.  But most apps not from the App Store should be dragged from wherever you get it to the Applications directory.

Once you’ve done that, you can unmount the disk drive and delete the dmg file.

Ross
Ross Bennett
Kilgore, Texas


Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Ross Bennett <therossbennett@...>
 

I’m running Catalina 15.1 and have used FLdigi and FLmsg both with considerable success.  We just used that installation as part of a regional exercise passing much digital traffic. No trouble. We also used it without trobule in Catalina 15.0.

Remember that when you download the dmg and open it, it’s mounting as a disk drive and you’ll need to drag the applications within to the Applications directory of your computer.  This is a pretty common way to install applications on a Mac, so you’ll want to understand what’s happening there.  It’s not done with the App Store installations, and downloaded pkg installers run more as installer apps.  But most apps not from the App Store should be dragged from wherever you get it to the Applications directory.

Once you’ve done that, you can unmount the disk drive and delete the dmg file.

Ross
Ross Bennett
Kilgore, Texas


Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Bill Hamel
 

RE: Catalina:

I haven't upgraded to Catalina, but from what I understand Mac OS X Catalina only supports 64 bit applications. I would assume that so long you downloaded the 64 bit version of fldigi it would work. 

I just have several applications that are not available as 64 bit as of yet hence hanging with Mojave for now….

RE: Installation instructions.

I’m running fldigi and flrig just fine on Mojave.

I ran the DMG as you did and then just dragged and dropped the apps you see into the application of my choice, in my case Applications/HAM_RADIO/

Then I just went in and configured to point to the folder I want things to live in.

HTH,

’73 K3TFM 


On Nov 25, 2019, at 8:01 PM, Nikki Bruce Iphone 6s Bruce via Groups.Io <km4boq.arrl@...> wrote:

Jim I ran into problems with Carolina fldigi is not compatible with it at this point you will want to roll back your os I am a Mac user and there are a lot of reasons not to install that newly released Catalina 10.15 OS. This is just one of them Carolina is a 64 bit program rather than the old 32 bit Mojave. 10.14. 




On Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:21 PM, Jim Upson <jim72upson@...> wrote:

Hello everyone....new member of this group....

I was trying to find the installation instructions and links to install FLDIGI on my Mac...
  • macOS Catalina v 10.15.1
  • Mac Book Pro Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014
  • Processor 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
  • Last login: Mon Nov 25 18:17:48 on console
    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ uname -m
        x86_64
    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ arch
        i386
I was confused by the the possible "DMG" options....wasn't sure how I determine which I need for my Mac.

I tried them, and although I get the FLDIGI screen.....it doesn't remain as an installed application...is this 'normal' ?

<image.png>

Has anyone written any installation/configuration guide for a Mac....?

BTW...my current interest is to use FLDigi for helping me see the quality of my Morse code as I am learning to send for the first time....

Will FLDigi run OK on a Mac...just as good as in windows?

Any direction is most appreciated,

Thanks to all Veterans for your service......
......and a Blessed Thanksgiving to all....

73, Jim AC3B

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Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Nikki Bruce Iphone 6s Bruce
 

Jim the link for fldigi and guide after you have rolled your system back is 

On Monday, November 25, 2019, 8:01 PM, Nikki Bruce Iphone 6s Bruce via Groups.Io <km4boq.arrl@...> wrote:

Jim I ran into problems with Carolina fldigi is not compatible with it at this point you will want to roll back your os I am a Mac user and there are a lot of reasons not to install that newly released Catalina 10.15 OS. This is just one of them Carolina is a 64 bit program rather than the old 32 bit Mojave. 10.14. 




On Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:21 PM, Jim Upson <jim72upson@...> wrote:

Hello everyone....new member of this group....

I was trying to find the installation instructions and links to install FLDIGI on my Mac...
  • macOS Catalina v 10.15.1
  • Mac Book Pro Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014
  • Processor 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
  • Last login: Mon Nov 25 18:17:48 on console

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ uname -m

        x86_64

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ arch

        i386

I was confused by the the possible "DMG" options....wasn't sure how I determine which I need for my Mac.

I tried them, and although I get the FLDIGI screen.....it doesn't remain as an installed application...is this 'normal' ?

image.png

Has anyone written any installation/configuration guide for a Mac....?

BTW...my current interest is to use FLDigi for helping me see the quality of my Morse code as I am learning to send for the first time....

Will FLDigi run OK on a Mac...just as good as in windows?

Any direction is most appreciated,

Thanks to all Veterans for your service......
......and a Blessed Thanksgiving to all....

73, Jim AC3B


Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

KB3YCK
 

AS noted, there are TWO versions to download for the Mac that Dave has made available.  You
should take the one here:  
Dave has been compiling a version that is all 64-bit for each of the various executables.  As with any
software installation from a DMG, you need to drag the executables into your Applications folder.

Dave’s on-line help files for the various tools are very thorough too — so if you cannot find it by reading the
manual, I don’t beleive it exists :-)

Regards,

David L Flad / KB3YCK

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Re: FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Nikki Bruce Iphone 6s Bruce
 

Jim I ran into problems with Carolina fldigi is not compatible with it at this point you will want to roll back your os I am a Mac user and there are a lot of reasons not to install that newly released Catalina 10.15 OS. This is just one of them Carolina is a 64 bit program rather than the old 32 bit Mojave. 10.14. 




On Monday, November 25, 2019, 7:21 PM, Jim Upson <jim72upson@...> wrote:

Hello everyone....new member of this group....

I was trying to find the installation instructions and links to install FLDIGI on my Mac...
  • macOS Catalina v 10.15.1
  • Mac Book Pro Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014
  • Processor 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
  • Last login: Mon Nov 25 18:17:48 on console

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ uname -m

        x86_64

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ arch

        i386

I was confused by the the possible "DMG" options....wasn't sure how I determine which I need for my Mac.

I tried them, and although I get the FLDIGI screen.....it doesn't remain as an installed application...is this 'normal' ?

image.png

Has anyone written any installation/configuration guide for a Mac....?

BTW...my current interest is to use FLDigi for helping me see the quality of my Morse code as I am learning to send for the first time....

Will FLDigi run OK on a Mac...just as good as in windows?

Any direction is most appreciated,

Thanks to all Veterans for your service......
......and a Blessed Thanksgiving to all....

73, Jim AC3B


FLDIGI basic installation for a MAC

Jim Upson
 

Hello everyone....new member of this group....

I was trying to find the installation instructions and links to install FLDIGI on my Mac...
  • macOS Catalina v 10.15.1
  • Mac Book Pro Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014
  • Processor 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7
  • Last login: Mon Nov 25 18:17:48 on console

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ uname -m

        x86_64

    JIMs-MacBook-Pro:~ jimupson$ arch

        i386

I was confused by the the possible "DMG" options....wasn't sure how I determine which I need for my Mac.

I tried them, and although I get the FLDIGI screen.....it doesn't remain as an installed application...is this 'normal' ?

image.png

Has anyone written any installation/configuration guide for a Mac....?

BTW...my current interest is to use FLDigi for helping me see the quality of my Morse code as I am learning to send for the first time....

Will FLDigi run OK on a Mac...just as good as in windows?

Any direction is most appreciated,

Thanks to all Veterans for your service......
......and a Blessed Thanksgiving to all....

73, Jim AC3B


Re: IC7200 transceiver control

Gil Gibbs
 

Barry,

 I failed to make myself clear about rigs. My secretary, who "rescued"
me from the pitfalls of inheritance, made sure I got the "battleship"
rigs. Partly, she's due to get her licenses "soon", thus will have the
pick of my acquisitions. Icom and Elecraft are my favorites, especially
when  the K1 came out, thus now I have a K3s unbuilt on the floor....
long story.

About the many digital modes, I've had the displeasure of finding my
past purchases looking strangely alone on the floor of my "hobby cabin",
thus don't expect to see a clean insides soon. There are chemical means
to reduce & clean up rust & aluminum oxide now, so if I should live so
long.....  ;-)

One of these days, I'll find out what I can get into, so look for my
Icom & Elecraft signals from mid-Texas!

73's for now,

Gil WA5YKK

On 11/21/19 7:50 PM, K3eui via Groups.Io wrote:
Gil

There are many many good reasons you might want to purchase a "battleship" HF rig with a zillion superb features. Don't bust your back lifting it. The gorgeous display, the rejection of unwanted signals, clear audio, excellent filters, and dozens of even better reasons. Of course, Elecraft rigs (you can lift) have a superb reputation and I can't wait to see how the K4 stacks up.

FLDIGI and any of the sound-card based HF digital modes will work with ANY stable HF transceiver reasonably well. As I said before, 25W to a decent HF antenna can work the world. For some, 25W is even considered "hi power" (hi). Last year I worked Australia on 40m at night with 10W and a home-made 40 meter vertical antenna lashed to a tree with two above-ground 34 ft radials. Now that was fun.

I should have mentioned that I got into the sound-card modes (mid 1990's) with a Rigblaster "NO MIC" interface, feeding transmit audio into the Icom 725's 8 pin round MICROPHONE jack (something that can be a bit tricky to avoid RF feedback and overdriven signals). I pulled receive audio from the headphone jack, and fed it directly through a simple shielded audio cable into the MIC input of a laptop, using the computer's own built-in sound card (cheap).

There used to be reasons to operate FSK rather than AFSK. But then, I hardly even hear RTTY of any type on HF any longer; well, unless there is a RTTY contest. AFSK is still fun and you can choose any audio pitch you want on the waterfall.

Even PSK31 is rapidly disappearing.

The weekend NBEMS 80m nets from NY, NJ, NH, and Pa all use THOR 22 as the sound-card check in mode. It works so well at 78 wpm and about 500 Hz bandwidth. I am sure there are digital nets in Tx.

Looks like FT8 and FT4 are the new kids on the block.

Have fun regardless of what rig you use.

73
Barry k3eui
On Nov 21, 2019, at 7:19 PM, Gibbs <GilGibbs@...> wrote:

Barry,

Ah, so. Now I get the overall gist of this, years after "Hurricane Harvey" sank my aspirations. Moving to the "Acre" in Yorktown, Tx, is a chore, just hundreds of details to address. Got no idea of the Ham radio population there, just remarks of "lots of CB users" some years ago. I really appreciate the hints of how to set up FLIDIGI.

73's

Gil WA5YKK

On 11/21/19 4:02 PM, K3eui via Groups.Io wrote:
Gil
I have successfully operated the various FLDIGI modes (PSK, Olivia, MFSK, Thor, RTTY) with a 25 yr old Icom 725 and a standard phone filter (2.8 kHz) and a simple SignaLink or Rigblaster for the sound card, with the power level set at about 25 watts (SSB peak) to a simple dipole or simple handmade vertical.

You don't need much power, especially on FT8 and FT4 (WSJT-X).

Of course, the Elecraft K3 and K4 (soon) and the battleship Icom rigs like a 7851 and 7610 will work a bit easier (cleaner) and give you tons of more options... for a price.

You basically need a "stable" VFO and a decent sound card. Narrow filters are sometimes handy. Dual receivers are way cool. Other than that, the rest is nice, but not necessary to have fun with FLDIGI on HF.
You don't need "narrow" filters either for most digi modes, unless you are in a contest. Digital "noise reduction" is not needed, and not wanted in my opinion.
Just be certain that when you transmit, the ALC reads ZERO for the optimum lowest distortion signal. Never ever use speech compression with a digi mode.

Barry k3eui
PaNBEMS net manager (80m, Sunday at 0800 hr on 3583.0 kHz (that's the VFO dial frequency with rig mode set to Upper Sideband)
On Nov 21, 2019, at 10:56 AM, Gil Gibbs <WA5YKK@...> wrote:

Tom, Phillip;

Just curious, is the Icom IC-7851 & the latest Elecraft rigs good for
winflidgi work? I'm overwhelmed with viable rigs, just no real
experience with non-ssb, cw modes.

Thanks, 73's

Gil WA5YKK


On 11/20/19 2:50 PM, Dave wrote:
Philip Salley wrote on winfldigi:
Tom,
The IC-7200 is a fine rig for FLDigi work.

Over time I have found FLDigi rig configuration initialization can be
seemingly inexplicably temperamental at times (pardon the double
adverb).

I'm sure you have set the IC-7200 to USB-D with digital port as USB
(of course this assumes you are using the 7200's internal USB
sound/CAT port.)

Carefully examine all the parameters with particular attention to
baud rate, and com port (Device) is correct. Failing to sync then
try adjusting RTS/DTR, porting interval, stop bit 1 or 2 (usually not
critical with either 1 or 2), Write delay (50 or so), retries (about
3 is good), retry interval (200 or so). retrying initialize after
each change. Make sure the Use HamLib square is checked.

Others are likely to suggest using FLrig, which is Okay though I
prefer the simple approach using HamLib or rigcat. RigCAT requires a
7200.XML file download for your rig.

Regards, Phil / K4PO