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A Review of Multipsk Software

01/11/2016

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Multipsk Software – A Review

Here is a link to a review of the digital mode software MultiPsk  (~3.5 meg PDF file) which I wrote for The Spectrum Monitor published in the September 2015 issue. I highly recommend either the free or the registered version of this software because it can decode almost anything on the airwaves. The registered version is about $45 as I recall, and it is the best money I have ever spent for software, and I have been around computers and software for a long time!!

The free version will do a lot, in fact much of what a typical user would like to do, but the registered version adds abilities I just did not want to be without. Since I wrote this review the author has added yet another mode which is causing quite a bit of excitement – Orbcom satellite mode!

If you like utility, military, civilian aircraft, maritime, amateur digital modes, SSTV and a whole lot more, check out my review and then get this software!

Many thanks to Ken Reitz and The Spectrum Monitor for allowing me to post this review on my blog. This is simply one of the finest magazines in production today dealing with all things radio. I cannot stress enough the value this magazine has for showcasing all aspects of the radio hobby. I cannot remember an issue which did not teach me something or cause me to go exploring some new aspect of the hobby. It is the best $24 you will spend on the hobby, period. 73, Robert

10 Comments

  • Reply John Green 01/14/2016 at 8:59 am

    It’s Ken Reitz, not Ritz 🙂

    • Reply Robert 01/14/2016 at 9:46 am

      (Egg on face) Thank you – talk about a mental block! Saw the typo but did not “see” it!! Many thanks! – Robert

  • Reply Khalid Parvez 01/14/2016 at 10:39 am

    Good

  • Reply mike 01/15/2016 at 5:19 am

    Been using multipsk for several years. Very powerful piece of kit. I mainly use it for psk, rtty, and cw decoding. I have used it for JT65. Anyway, nice review.

  • Reply Robert 01/15/2016 at 8:18 am

    Thanks, Mike and Khalid – I really enjoy the utility side of things too, the HFDL has been a blast, and I am looking forward to playing around with receiving some of the Orbcom satellites. As I understand it most of the data is encrypted because of the business clients they serve, but telemetry and tracking information is in the clear and can be seen on a map. I have also used it to verify some weak-signal beacon work, which is also interesting during those times my local noise level drops low enough for me to hear anything! Cheers!

  • Reply Ladislav OK1UNL 01/17/2016 at 5:55 am

    Excellent piece of SW. Works perfectly on machines 32 and 64bits. Me have a full licence for few years.On internet you can find a criticism of ugly GUI. but…
    Reliable and robust SW like Fldigi by W1HKJ.

    73! Ladislav OK1UNL

    • Reply Robert 01/17/2016 at 7:31 am

      I agree, Ladislav – it is very reliable and the support by Patrick is amazing when you see how active he is on the Yahoo Group. he responds to many of the questions himself, and the software is constantly being improved. I know the GUI bothers some people, but for me, I can deal with that as long as the software does amazing things, and Multipsk does amazing things. It is sort of like how some people cannot stand hearing atmospheric noise or fading in signals and so will not listen to shortwave radio. I will listen for hours to pull out weak stations if I have never heard them before and go away happy! A good day with Multipsk does the same thing – it makes me happy! 73, Robert

  • Reply remixingplanet 01/23/2016 at 11:31 am

    Well, just one thing I’m not really satisfied with this is the taskbar. So many little (tiny) icons and stuffs. I accidentally push the wrong button about millions of times :)).

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