Thursday, September 24, 2015

A very important step when planning digi modes.

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My digi adventure is slowly coming along, I have decided to start off with WSJT-X this will give me JT9 and JT65 to start off with. I found  a GREAT user guide that takes you step by step through installation and setup. Right off the bat the guide stresses the importance of your PC's clock being spot on! With these modes the timing of transmissions and reception can make or break your success with this mode. The user guide suggests using Meinberg Network time Protocol and gives you a link to the web page.  That for me is just way to easy to turn down, for me its "KISS....keep it simple stupid". Not wanting to search all over the web for a program I went with Meinberg NTP program. In the past I have found the internet can be a great resource and at other times a HUGE waste of time. With this program right at my finger tips time can be saved and I will be able to speed up my setup and that's all I needed! This user guide walks you through each step with  suggestions regarding best directory locations. As with most programs as you install them you come across "suggested" install options, this user guide makes it very clear as to the best choice to make. Nothing bothers me more when you install a program and click through the options only to find out via trouble shooting that other options should had been chosen!! I have have used other time protocol programs in the past and to be honest I was  not sure if it was working or not. With Meinberg NTP program you can go to your Windows command prompt and type in ntpq -p and see what's going on with the program. Now having said that after entering this code and hitting the enter button you are shown a screen of numbers, letters and columns such as ST, T, WHEN, POLL and REACH.........if your like me this is a foreign language! Fortunately the Meinberg Network time Protocol link also explains very simply what all the numbers mean and how to tell if what your reading is correct and if not suggestions needed to fix the program so it's running properly. So my clock sync program is working great it's now time to get to the install of the actual program!

6 comments:

  1. Good that you choosed WSJT-X, I hope to work you on JT9. My old time programme does n't work so I'll try the Meinberg tnx. In the mean time I left the time synchronization to the Windows 7 system (System security / Clock language and region / Date and time / Internet time / Synchronize with an internet time server) 73 de SV1GRN

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    1. It would be great to have a JT9 QSO with you and for sure try the Meinberg program it's great. Just follow the install instructions and you should have no troubles. I have read that the Window sync is not the greatest and you can get into some problems making QSO's if your clock is not spot on.
      Have a great weekend.
      73
      Mike

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  2. Hi Mike,
    That's indeed a good choice for a NTP program. When I was still using Window$ I also installed Meinberg, and it was a 'set it and forget it' software, and just doing what it had to to. And as you said, for digimodes like WSPR, JT65 and JT9 it's very important to be exactly on spot.
    Success with these fine modes, they're the best choice to have fun with (very) low power and restriced antennas.

    73 Patrick ON4CDJ

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    1. Hello Patrick very nice to hear from you, I hope to see you in the waterfall sometime soon. Next step for me is to setup the program and get the sound card and radio all talking and happy. In the past this has been a real challenge but with more and more hams into the digi modes there is lots of help out there.
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.
      Mike
      73

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  3. Hi Mike, I hope to meet you with JT9 on 20 meter or other band. WSJT-X is very good. Good luck, have a nice weekend, 73 Paul PC4T

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    1. Good Saturday morning Paul, it's been all the same feedback I have been getting regarding this software and mode. It would be great to have a QSO with you and it's going to be 20m where I will be hanging out.
      You have a great weekend as well
      73 Mike

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