I am still waiting for my new house to be finished after which my station will be set up. So whilst kicking my heels I decided to get to grips with the changes to Amateur Radio that have taken place over the last 30 odd years. 

I have been reading up on FT8 and decided to try it out (receive only) using a web based SDR (Software Defined Radio) and the WSJTX software (Weak Signal Communication Software).

It was far easier than I expected. I installed the WSJTX software and found a reliable web based SDR. After 30 minutes of playing with the SDR I set it on 14.074 mHz (the FT8 frequency) where I could hear non stop FT8 traffic (I assumed). 

I then configured the WSJTX software thai I had installed earlier, I left all the settings as defaults but needed to do a bit more to pipe the audio from the web browser where the SDR was running in a tab to the decoding software. 

After installing a Virtual Audio Cable in my PC it was easy. I just went in Windows settings and set my output audio device to the Virtual Audio Cable. Then in the WSJT software I went into settings / Audio and set the input to the Virtual Audio Cable.

That was it. I restarted WSJTX and it started decoding traffic received by the SDR in milliseconds.

I could not believe that it had been so easy.

Also needed is a good time sync program (essential) for your PC. The windows default is not good enough. The link to the one I use is below.

Links to the software and the web based SDR I used are given underneath the image..

WSJTX data decoding software

 

My computer runs Windows 10 64 Bit. Be sure to download the software version for your particular set up.

 1, WSJTX software

2. Virtual Audio Cable

3. Web based SDR I used  - http://hackgreensdr.org

4. Time Synchronizing Software - Meinberg NTP Software

I could do a walkthrough of the various steps but if I managed it without one I am sure you can :) Please feel free to leave a comment.

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