The Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) have organised a major international event to expose more people to a digital voice mode FreeDV, which has the potential to provide noise free reception of weak signals where SSB would be hard to hear, on the weekend of the 27/28th April.
What is FreeDV?
FreeDV is an open source digital voice transmission mode developed for HF Amateur Radio by David VK5DGR. It is founded on open source principles with the Codec2 specification and code fully available to the Amateur Radio community at no charge.
Peter VK5APR has agreed to set up a station running FreeDV at the shack using the club callsign VK5BAR. All members are encouraged to come along and see this mode in action, or alternatively set up a FreeDV station at home and join the fun.
If you currently run digital modes eg FT8 then running FreeDV only requires downloading and configuring free software. Note that 2 soundcards are used. The 2nd soundcard may be a USB headset, audio dongle, USB radio interface eg SignaLink or in the case of modern transceivers the inbuilt USB interface, along with the computers inbuilt soundcard.
For a lot of info regarding this QSO party and getting and setting up FreeDV see the AREG homepage at https://www.areg.org.au/ .
The QSO Party is from 0030hrs Z 27/04/2019 to 0030hrsZ 28/04/2019 ie 1000hrs Saturday to 1000hrs Sunday ACST.
It is proposed that the shack would be open mid morning Saturday into the evening, and possibly on Sunday depending on interest shown.
Hope to hear you on air experimenting with an exciting, new digital voice mode designed from the ground up for communicating over difficult real world HF radio paths.
If you would like to take part in this event at the shack please email Peter (VK5APR) at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Peter onHome: 83525904 Mobile: 0419 965 904