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Digital Operation for a NEW Operator????

Jan 18th 2013, 02:16


Joined: Jun 7th 2012, 09:59
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I'm interested in trying some digital modes, but am not experienced at all. I've been licensed for a while, but primarily worked 2m/440 till uprgading to General in the fall. I'd like to find a good reference that explains things, what's needed, and how to do in an easy to understand way for someone that's better suited for simple instruction. Any suggestions???
Jan 18th 2013, 13:37


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The ARRL VHF Digital Handbook, copyright 2008, just went out of print, but is still available from book sellers--try Amazon or do a Google "shopping" search to find new copies.

You may also want to contact the ARRL Technical Coordinator or Section manager for your area--they often keep track of such activities in your area.

Zack Lau W1VT
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Mar 11th 2013, 23:49


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I am very new to amateur radio. I have been using D-Star with excellent success! I am hitting a local D-Star repeater from my front yard, that is 22 miles away, with my Icom ID-51A handheld and a rubber duck. Here's an excellent introduction to D-Star, that is free: . Hope to hear you on D-Star!
Aug 9th 2013, 04:02


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Dont miss out on broadband digital (1 to 100Mb/s) in the microwaves with mesh networking: (formerly known as HSMM-Mesh). Its relatively inexpensive ($0 to $50 per node, $300 to fully outfit a site with a node, enclosure, and 2 24dBi dishes) and on a good link, you can transfer the entire ARRL handbook (text, graphs, pictures, etc) in ~45 seconds.
Feb 14th 2017, 01:23


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I have found this to be real easy for the beginning ham.
Feb 17th 2017, 16:58


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I believe the OP was interested in operating digital on HF. The ARRL has a new book out: Work the World with JT65 and JT9

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