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A voice transmitter is required. Usually SSB, although FM will work if allowed. I can't think of any digital mode you can use on a cw only transmitter, other than CW.
The good news is your CW receive would work if you want to give receiving a try. Just feed the audio into a computer mic jack and run free software like FLdigi.
On Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 2:27 PM Jeff Collins <w7grv@...
I have not played with digital much (at all really).
Do they work the same as CW or SSB? Basically can you work Digital
Modes on a CW only transceiver or do you need SSB?
I have tried to find an answer online but really did not find what
I was looking for.
Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II
Training Oficer -
Birch Tree Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Member of Missouri Region G HazMat Team
On 3/18/2019 11:58 AM, Tim Gorman wrote:
> Check out jt65. IIRC, you can generate messages of limited length, I
> don't remember exactly how long they can be.
> tim ab0wr
> On Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:22:51 -0500
> "John Lonigro" <jonigro@...> wrote:
>> I guess I concur with Tom. However, I believe one reason amateur
>> radio even exists is to have a means of providing communications in
>> an emergency. I'm not very familiar with FT8, but I've heard that
>> just about all you can exchange is a callsign and maybe a grid
>> square. I think the ideal digital mode would be one that's almost as
>> robust as FT8 but with the ability to send at least 30-40 characters
>> of data besides callsigns. I don't know but perhaps that would be
>> JS8CALL, as mentioned by Dennis Shelton. But if someone is happy
>> making FT8 contacts, at least he's making use of the airwaves and
>> having fun in the process. In an emergency, he may have to use a
>> different mode but his FT8 experience will certainly help in that
>> On a separate topic, I have an SW+ 80M CW transceiver I built many
>> years ago. I don't have room for a good 80M antenna and have never
>> put it on the air. It's in an original Small Wonder case (about
>> 4"x4"x2") and puts out about 1.5 Watts from 3.556 - 3.587 MHz. The
>> frequency range can be adjusted. It comes with full documentation
>> and will be available for sale at Ozarkcon if anyone is interested. I
>> think with case it cost me about $100. I'll sell it for $50.
>> John, AA0VE