On November 6th I’ll be helping Dave Freese, W1HKJ make a presentation about fldigi to the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club. Fldigi is an amazing open-source cross platform application for communicating using sound card digital modes on amateur radio.
Dave is really knowledgeable about the encoding and error correction used for the various modes, and I learned a lot by helping him with a similar presentation at the Huntsville Hamfest this year. Our demo was cross-platform between Windows and Ubuntu Linux.
There are some really interesting uses being made of fldigi and some companion applications – sending digital files error-free by amateur radio. This is useful for emergency communications in post-disaster situations, when information must be accurately transmitted. Some of these applications do not use point-to-point connections, and therefore allow a file to be received by multiple stations at once. That way, if any station fails to receive the file correctly, they can get a “fill” from any other station who did get it.
It’s possible to perform these file transfers simply by holding the microphone on an FM radio near the computer speaker, and to receive them with a computer microphone near the receiver!
This should be a worthwhile presentation for people with any level of interest or experience in digital sound card modes. For more information see Dave’s excellent web site. Don’t miss his sights and sounds of digital modes page, especially if you’ve been listening to the sounds on the ham bands and wondering what modes they are.
The presentation will be November 6th at 7:30 at the American Red Cross chapter house, 1101 Washington street, Huntsville, AL. This is the regular weekly meeting place and time of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club.