Morse Code & Digital Modes

Morse Code
Digital Modes
Learning Morse Code- Software
Morse Code Copying Software
A Brief History of Digital Modes
Sound Card Mode Software
Sound Card Mode Hardware

Morse Code Sites
Learning Morse Code
PA3BWK's Ultimate Morse Code Web Site The Art & Skill of Radio Telegraphy-
Learning, Using, Mastering And Enjoying CW
Morsum Magnificat KO6YQ's Introduction to Morse Code
R.A.C. Morse Links ARRL's Learn Morse Page
NW7US's Morse Code Radio Center W1AW Code Practice
N9BOR's Morse Links- Extensive So You Want To Learn Morse Code 
by N1IRZ
DX Zone's Morse Links A Beginner's Guide to Making CW Contacts by WB8FSV
Morse Code Links - Google Web Directory Learning the Morse Code- Links by AA3FI
Online Java Morse Code Generator K5DI's CW Learning Page
Morse Code Generator& Phonetic Alphabets Refresher on CW Operating Procedures
Keyers- Mode A vs. Mode B Explained  
AC6V's Morse Links Page Adjusting Straight Keys, Paddles & Bugs
"Morse" Code in Ancient Greece?

History of the Telegraph in Communications

American Inventors: Samuel Morse and his Contributions to the Telegraph & Morse Code
Morse Code Copying Software
Learning Morse Code Software
KAM 5.10 - Works very well with KAM Morse Cat
CW-Get - Works with PC Soundcard Morse Academy
WD6CNF, Grant's Full Featured CW Decoder- Free EasiWare by GØMDO
RCKRtty- Works with PC Soundcard or Hardware Modems CW Trainer by G4FON- by on Koch Method
POLAR Electric Morse Decoder MRP 40 IMC-International Morse Code by KE3FL
Multimode Controller Software Super Morse
KAM Windows Practice QSOs for Super Morse
Amateur Radio Soundblaster Software Collection by DL9QJ Nu-Morse
CW-Type from DX Soft Morse 2000- Teach Morse Code
DMOZ Morse Links Page
WN2A's Lab 02 Morse Receiving Software
Morse Runner- Contest Simulator
WB8DQT- CW Send & Receive Software
RUFZ- High Speed CW Callsign Training
Morse Code Copying Hardware The Mill- International Morse & American Morse & Land Telegraph
MFJ Pocket Morse Decoder Stormy Weather - Morse Code
CW19- Morse Decoder Kit Palm Pilot Morse Program
ARRL Review of Multimode Controllers Macintosh Morse Code Software
Kantronics KAM - Modes Macintosh - Morse Trainer
CWCom by MRX- CW Chat
Over your Network or the Internet
Macintosh - Morse Mania
 Kantronics Support Forum  
Morse Code Sending Hardware
Keys and Keyers
Morse Code Sending Hardware
Keys and Keyers
The Sparks Telegraph Key Review Whiterook Pocket Mini-Keys
The Telegraph Office
K5RW's Morse Reources Page
The Island Keyboard - a Morse code Keyboard Kit
N2SX's Key Collection MorseXpress
K1EL Keyers Variety of Key & Keyer Offerings from Universal Radio
K8RA's- Hand Crafted Brass Iambic Paddles
In the Beginning Was the Straight Key: 
A Chronology of Paddles and Keyers by ND7K
Adjusting Straight Keys, Paddles & Bugs 

Digital Modes
RTTY, PSK-31, Packet and More Coming Soon !
Brief History of Digital Modes

RAC (Radio Amateurs of Canada) Digital
K4ABT's Home Page - Packet Radio & More
PSK31 Resource Page K4ABT's Home Page - Packet Radio & More
PSK31 and other PC Magic RTTY. com
PSK31 Software & Tips form WM2U RTTY List /  RTTY Loop by WA3AJR
PSK31 Fundamentals and Setup RTTY Links from WA6BOB
Sound Card to Radio Interface Home Page by K4ABT Tucson Amateur Packet Radio -TAPR
Listen to Sample Audio of 
Digital Modes & More by NB6Z
Ham & DSP  by EA2BAJ plus 
Digital Mode Audio Samples
WB8NUT's Digital Modes Page
TigerTronic's Links for Digital Mode Software

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a brief history of digital modes...

Here is a brief history of digital modes for the newer hams out there. It can be divided into four eras.

1.  First there was the original form of digital communication—CW, but it was not usually referred to as digital. The next form of digital mode was RTTY, using old surplus mechanical teletype machines (TTY) and a simple electronic interface know as a MCU (originally built with tubes.)  Next came SSTV with its complex self contained interfaces which often cost more than most hams wanted to invest.

2.  The TNC era was heralded by the introduction of Packet Radio by TAPR in 1982. TNCs (Terminal Node Controllers) allowed users to send information in a digital format using a communication protocol similar to those used in computer networks. To operate packet on VHF, a ham needed an FM radio, a dumb terminal and a TNC. The TNC created packets of information from the terminal, added addressing information and then sent a modulated tone and PTT (push to talk) to the radio’s microphone input jack. On the receiving end the radio fed the received modulated tones to another TNC. The TNC then reassembled the message by arranging individual packets of information. The TNC then sent information to the dumb terminals screen to read by receiving ham. The TNCs also had the ability to request resending of information for error free communication, forward messages to a remote TNC via a number of Nodes (individual repeating packet stations) and even act as a mailbox. These advanced characteristics brought hams electronic mail and mailboxes well before the Internet boom of late 90’s.

3.  The next advance was the addition of addition mode capabilities to the TNCs, now more properly described as Multimode Controllers. These additional modes included an easy non-mechanical way to send and receive RTTY. Also added were HF Packet, AMTOR, CW and even SSTV and FAX. For more information on these variety of digital modes visit the ARRL’s Digital Modes TIS. Commercial multimode controllers have been produced by Kantronics, MFJ, AEA, Tigertronics and others (as many fine units are no longer in production you may want to visit the reviews section of e-Ham for variety of units.) Most multimode were able to function using dumb terminals or terminal emulation programs on computer, this was often referred to as Terminal Mode operation. To take advantage of additional features special pieces of software were written work with computer. These proprietary softwares allowed  HostKISS  and other modes for operating multimode controllers .

4. Sound Card Era—As computers became cheaper, more powerful and most of them began to sport sound cards as standard equipment, the idea of moving the processing of signals from the multimode control into the computer became practical. Once the processing was moved to the computer, the ability to develop new modes blossomed since all that was needed was software programming. With sound card modes, only very simple generic interfaces between the computer and radio are required (mainly for the purpose of signal isolation, PTT function and audio level control.) The sound card era has not completely ended the Multimode Controller Era, as many users still prefer the features of multimode controls, some prefer the ability to use inexpensive laptops with no sound cards and some specialised modes still require multimode hardware interfaces.

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Sound Card Mode Software
PSK31 Deluxe
Part of the Ham Radio Deluxe Software suite. Free
PSK31, RTTY (using MMTTY ), CW, Packet. Data links to work with popular logging programs. Free
W1SQLPSK Waterspray display, allows you to track up to 20 PSK31 signals  at  once, call sign lookup. Free
WinPSKse PSK31, spectrum/waterfall display, full duplex capability. Free
MixW CW, BPSK FSK31 RTTY PACKET(w/TNC), MFSK THROB MT63 HELLSCRIBER, FAX and SSTV transmit/receive for Windows. Also receives Pactor. Shareware
DigiPan stands for "Digital Panoramic Tuning".  "DigiPan1.0 forever changed how PSK31 tuning was done, from manually tuning the transceiver, to "point-and-click" mouse tuning, in which a signal on the waterfall is clicked with the mouse button to find out the station's callsign and decide whether or not to contact that station...". Free

Zakanaka now built in as a part of Logger32, a 32-bit Amateur Radio logging program written by Bob Furzer, K4CY. Free
RckRTTY RTTY, PSK31, PSK63, Pactor, Amtor and CW QSOs with simultaneous control of transceiver. Contest Mode. Shareware
DXPSK From France, auto detects your language French or English. Free
PSK31, PSK63, and RTTY modes using your soundcard. Can simultaneously monitor and decode up to 47 PSK transmissions across the band, extracting callsigns and capturing text for rapid acquisition and QSO initiation. Free
Standard version provides the professional quality HF/VHF decoders, transmitters, DSP functions and analyzers for a HAM friendly price! All processing is done in your PC and only audio cables are needed to connect your PC to your radio unit. Plus and Professional versions add more features. Commercial
MMSSTV Slow Scan TV just one of the many MM Sound Card programs by  JE3HHT - Makoto Mori
AGWPE Sound card packet. Free
Linux - Soundcard-based program for Linux for operating PSK31. Free
gMFSK Linux - A Gnome Multimode HF Terminal by Tomi Manninen OH2BNS. PSK31 (BPSK and QPSK), PSK63, MFSK (MFSK16 and MFSK8), RTTY, THROB, MT63, Feldhell.  Free
Debian Linux Linux - Variety of programs, Debian Linux Software Packages in "stable", hamradio section. Free
Darwin / Lin PSK
Linux or Macintosh OS-X- PSK31
Macintosh -- supports RTTY (AFSK), PSK31 (both BPSK and QPSK) and PSK63, a two receiver RTTY interface and a contest interface. Free
MultiMode OSX Macintosh -- supports CW, RTTY, SSTV, PSK31, MT63 & Hellschreiber. Commercial
Macintosh -- supports Hardware TNCs with Mac OS-X. Free
Macintosh -- supports Echo Link (VOIP) from Dog Park Software

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Sound Card Mode Hardware Interfaces
RigBlaster  The RIGblaster connects your radio to your computer's sound card. It is the easy and modern way to get on the air with PSK31, SSTV, RTTY, AMTOR, PACKET, CW, Contest Voice Keying, HSCW meteor scatter, and other new modes.
BUX CommCo®  Home of the RASCAL® ,  PSK31, WSJT, & SSTV Interface Boxes and Cables
Via W5BBR Sound Card Interfacing for RTTY, PSK31, and SSTV
Soundcard Interfacing By WM2U -- Covers many rig models with pin outouts


by Tigeronics. Sound Card - Radio Interface

Sound Card Buddy
"The Spare Time Gizmos Sound Buddy is about the simplest interface you can build that solves all the problems"
MFJ 1279
"Ultimate" Sound Card Interface, w/ Software
Saratoga Amateur Radio Products
Radio / PC Sound card Interfaces & Control Products
USB Interface
MixW Rigexpert
An interface with a USB connection to computer. CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) system which controls transceiver frequency, mode and other functions by computer, supporting various models of transceivers. Designed to work with MixW software.
PSK-series Transceivers The PSK-series Transceivers from Small Wonder Labs are complete radio solution for PSK just add an antenna and a computer and you are ready to go. Crystal control rig requires no VFO tuning and does not drift.  Available for any one of four bands (40, 30, 20 or 10 Meters), the PSK-series transceivers are available either as a kit or fully-assembled and tested.
80 Meter
PSK Warbler
The 'Warbler' a simple PSK31 transceiver for 80 meters! Little brother to the PSK-31 series above. A simple low cost radio kit from Small Wonder Labs. Just add antenna and computer.

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