RE: [dxatlas] Re:Suggestion for a new application to add to the suite ...
- Very much agree; just a few micro-seconds will make a big difference in the
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On Behalf Of Dave Baxter
Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 6:19 AM
Subject: [dxatlas] Re:Suggestion for a new application to add to the suite
What I (and at least one other user in the UK) would like to see, is
Faros (the NCDXF beacon monitor) being able to natively use a GPS
receiver to synchronise it's internal clock, possibly using a 1PPS
signal if available, so not having to rely on very creaky and unreliable
NTP sources some ISP seem to provide.
Or, a "Simple to setup and use" GPS disciplined NTP server program for
There are some programs and tools about to do this, but they are
anything but simple to setup and use, and often prohibitively expensive
for "enthusiast" use sadly.
After all, the beacons themselves are controlled by a single chip micro
(quite an antique in fact) that does just that, keeping accurate time,
disciplined by a local GPS RX.
If this could be done in a future version of Faros, or as an additional
program/tool for Faros users, it would make the program most useful for
portable DXpedtions etc, and for those who have to rely on Dial up
internet or (as I suffer) incompetent ISP's who don't even know what NTP
is, or not even having the luxury of an internet connection at all.
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May I suggest the HRD digital modes program DM780?
This provides an AF-based waterfall that is very helpful to use in
optimizing tuning. It's one of the many things I use DM780 for which is
the centerpoint of my station.
And in addition to that, it provides full 2-way capability for just
about every digital mode known, in addition to CW. The functionality
and beauty are really hard to comprehend.
> A graphical CW tuning aid for us tone-deaf operators.
> I've been using an audio spectrum analyzer app that I found on the Web
> a while ago to make sure the audio note of a received signal is at
> 700Hz (my rig's default offset) so that it's peaked in the filter
> passband and I'm on the same frequency as the other station.
> It works, but since it's a general purpose program, the controls and
> display are not optimized for this use.
> I understand that the Elecraft K3 has this feature built in; my Omni
> VII doesn't.
- --- In email@example.com, Jeff Blaine <keepwalking188@...> wrote:
> May I suggest the HRD digital modes program DM780?I guess I'm too much of a minimalist for HRD; I find the display much too busy for my tastes :-)
> This provides an AF-based waterfall that is very helpful to use in
> optimizing tuning. It's one of the many things I use DM780 for which
> is the centerpoint of my station.
All I have on the screen when I'm operating is BandMaster and my little spectrum analyzer window.
- I also would like to be able to use FAROS in a portable mode with a GPS.
How about it Alex? Can you please add this functionality?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Dave" <dave@...> wrote:
> Very much agree; just a few micro-seconds will make a big difference in the
> reception quality.