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
TEN-TEC 1253 Build Review
This build review of the TEN-TEC 1253 comes from an article I wrote some years ago for Monitoring Times. This was quite an interesting project to build, as it was my first real radio kit. I tried to take my time (unlike the model airplanes I built as a kit which always ended up with missing parts and “extra” glue – or was that extra parts and missing glue?!) in an effort to really understand the building stages. My reward was a radio which worked great from the start, and which will always hold a near and dear place in my heart, as it allowed me to fulfill a kid’s dream to build a shortwave radio.
I hope TEN-TEC continues to offer such kits as the 1253 or the 1254 (a digital display version) once their current reorganization efforts are completed. And of course there are other radio kits out there, including regenerative radios. I hope you give one a try sometime. While the technology went out in the 1930s, there is a bit of a resurgence of interest in them because of homebrewing.
The file is a 4-Mb .PDF scan of the print magazine article: Ten-Tec1253
Enjoy! 73, Robert