ARLA/CLUSTER: PSK Automatic Propagation Reporter(For Beta Testers)

João Gonçalves Costa joao.a.costa ctt.pt
Terça-Feira, 19 de Fevereiro de 2008 - 13:50:54 WET


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PSK Automatic Propagation Reporter

This is a project to automatically gather reception records of PSK activity and then make those records available in near realtime to interested parties - typically the amateur who initiated the communication.

The way that it works is that many amateurs will run a client that will monitor received traffic for callsigns (the pattern 'de callsign callsign') and, when seen, will report this fact. This is of interest to the amateur who transmitted and they will be able to see where their signal was received. The pattern chosen is typically part of a standard CQ call. The duplicate check is to make sure that the callsign is not corrupted.

The way that this would be used is that an amateur would call CQ and could then (within a few minutes) see where his signal was received.

This can be useful in determining propagation conditions or in adjusting antenna and/or radio parameters. It will also provide an archive of reception records that can be used for research purposes.

There is a prototype map display of this information.

If this is interesting to you, then please contact me at the email address below to see if there is a client for your PSK decoding application, or you can contact the author of your package directly, and point him at this page.

For Beta Testers
For Digital Master 780 (part of Ham Radio Deluxe), I have written a small add-on that generates these reports. This package can be downloaded as a zip file. To install, just unzip it, and then run the BAT file. This will monitor the Superbrowser window for new callsigns and will report them. You need to run the BAT file whenever you login to Windows -- the program does not install anything. To uninstall, just delete the files. The program works for me on Vista, your mileage may vary. If you have any problems, then send me email at the address below. The program does not generate any output. To see if it is working for you, the easiest way is to pick a callsign that you have seen 'recognized' in the Superbrowser, and enter it into the map displayer above. Within five minutes, at least one of the markers should be on your location.

For Developers
There is a complete description of the protocol used to submit the information, together with information on a test server to use at http://psk.gladstonefamily.net/pskdev.html

Philip Gladstone
http://psk.gladstonefamily.net/

Ham Radio Deluxe
http://hrd.ham-radio.ch/
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