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PostHeaderIcon RadioRivista report

The first ham radio presentation in this conference trip, I had with CN2017 in Ladek Zdroj, Poland, in the premises of a tourist resort “Zamek na Skale” (means “the Castle on the Rock”). While traveling to that event, I used a train from Krakow (Krakau) to Wroclaw (Breslau). The ride took around 3.5 hrs, so I spent that time by experimenting with Polish APRS network. Although my equipment included SCS Tracker / DSP TNC, I could not use it on the train because it could not get its power supply from the USB ports of my laptop. Instead I used 'Plan B': It was a USB interface RIGblaster Plug'n'Play for making the laptop's sound-card a packet modem, and Taiwanese GPS-mouse YIC GU93030SM-USB (Fig. 1). Having in mind travel conditions such as the 'Faraday cage' of the train construction, high voltage power lines over the railway composition, a relatively high speed of the train – circa 120 km/h, and geographical configuration of surrounding terrains and so on, it was not expected that signals sent by a small hand-held radio ADI AF-16 will reach many recipients, if any (Fig. 2 & 3).

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PostHeaderIcon Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message May 24, 1844

What was the first telegraph message? Sent by inventor Samuel F.B. Morse on May 24, 1844, over an experimental line from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, the message said: “What hath God wrought?” Taken from the Bible, Numbers 23:23, and recorded on a paper tape, the phrase had been suggested to Morse by Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend. The success of the experiment would change forever the national communication system. But Morse wasn’t just interested in the telegraph.

Morse was also well respected for his paintings of people, like the self-portrait on the previous screen and this one of Mrs. David C. De Forest. He painted his subjects with honesty and insight. It was while returning from Europe to take his position as an arts professor at New York University that Morse came up with the idea of a communications system using the electro-magnet and a series of relays through a network of telegraph stations. In order to transmit messages in this system, he invented Morse Code, an alphabet of electronic dots and dashes. The system made communication across the country faster than ever before.

Western Union completed the first transcontinental telegraph line in 1861, dooming the Pony Express, but aiding forces in the Civil War. Mobile telegraph stations, like this one with hastily strung wires, connected scattered military units. President Lincoln kept up with events of the war through frequent dispatches from General George McClellan. One Confederate attack failed when soldiers became tangled up in Union telegraph wires strung from tree stump to tree stump. Morse probably never expected telegraph wires to be a booby-trap!

A generation or two ago, people would send telegrams to announce important news such as a new birth in the family. Ask your family if they have ever sent a telegram.




PostHeaderIcon Monument on MARCONI (Tower WW2GM)

sited on New Jersey - USA


Marconi American
Wireless Company
Tower "WW2GM"
1913 - 1924

Presented here is only a small top portion of the original tower. There were a number of these towers in this area. They constituted the first commercial transatlantic communication installation.

Erected 1976 by Wall Township, New Jersey.

Location. 40° 11.389′ N, 74° 3.629′ W.

Marker is near New Bedford, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Marconi Road 0.1 miles from Brighton Ave, on the left when traveling south.
Monument is in Wall Township on the East side of Marconi Road after turning onto it from Brighton Ave. Marker is in this post office area: Belmar NJ 07719, United States of America.
Best 73 de,

Rudy, IW2BSF



PostHeaderIcon JT DX Sofware for JT65A [ Update v 17.5.1.UI1 ]

Recommended settings for v17.5.1:

– AGCc button: use it only if AGC being triggered in receiver by JT signals at beginning of the RX interval. Noise level change in the waterfall might be used as criterion showing that AGC is triggered in the receiver.

– Hint button: use it to decode signals on the QSO frequency and for wideband hinted decoding of the CQ messages

– Clean DX, use it to clean DX Call DX Grid windows if data there is not required, this way user could avoid some false hinted decodes

Advanced settings tab:

– Number of decoding attempts: set it as per required decoding time. It might be set to 1 if CPU frequency is 2GHz, and set to 3 if CPU frequency is equal to 3GHz. Higher values make better decoding performance.

– Number of decoding passes = 4 (may be set to 3 or 2 for CPU frequency less than 2GHz if decoding attempts=1 is not enough to get into 10 second decoding time). For VHF usage optimal number of decoding passes = 2, and number of decoding attempts may be increased to improve decoding efficiency.

– RX frequency decoding attempts: set it to 1 for slow CPU, 2 for fast CPU. Value 3 may be used for 8+ core CPUs.

– Hinted decoding DT range = 1

Frequency range on the waterfall: set waterfall window size to the frequency range you wish to be decoded. Bins/Pixel settings would let user to choose suitable waterfall window size. Any signal located outside of the watefall graph WILL NOT be decoded.

To get proper hinted decoding and FTSRD false decodes filtering operation CALL3.TXT file shall be copied to the JTDX log directory (from JTDX sofyware File -> Open log directory).

JTDX v17.5.1 software making some false FTRSD and hinted decodes. Any hinted decode marked by asterisk and FTRSD decodes marked questionmark, being blocked for sending to the server, but may be reported by JTAlert software to the server.

Warning: high number of decoding attempts setting and SWL mode take high CPU utilisation for prolonged time, causing greater power consumption and increased power dissipation/CPU cooling requirements.

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