What’s in a name?

 

· PSK stands for Phase Shift Keying

· 31 represents the width of the signal (31.25)

· Occasionally you will see this mode listed as BPSK. The “B” stands for Binary



 

The PSK QSO:

 

Calling CQ:

CQ CQ de [YOURCALL][YOURCALL]

CQ CQ de [YOURCALL][YOURCALL] K

Note: The “K” at the end of your transmission means over or go

 

 

PSK Call:

[YOURCALL][YOURCALL][YOURCALL] de [THEIRCALL][THEIRCALL][THEIRCALL]

[YOURCALL][YOURCALL][YOURCALL] de [THEIRCALL][THEIRCALL][THEIRCALL] pse K

Note: The “pse” at the end of this call stands for “Please”

“KN” may also be used; this indicates that you only want communication with a specific station.


 

Exchange:

[THEIRCALL] de [YOURCALL]

Thanks for the call!
RST 599 599 599
QTH is _____, ______

Grid EM29 EM29
My name is yourname, yourname
how copy?
[THEIRCALL] de [YOURCALL] K

Note: You may also see BTU which stands for “back to you”

 

At the end of your final transmission use “SK” to send a Silent-Key identifying the end of your QSO

 


 

Other common abbreviations:

· DX only /DX – Which means the caller is looking for distant stations

· FB – Fine Business, Which means you copied their transmission

· GN – Good night

· OM – Old Man

 

 

Good Amateur Practice:

· Unlike other modes, you do not need to run at full power to transmit PSK, the normal output power is 30-50w.  Sometimes less is better, right?

· Your transmissions should not activate the ALC, if so back off your Soundcard output level or gain on your transceiver.

 

So where can you start:

 

The table below displays a list of common frequencies where PSK31 can be found.  However you can hear PSK crop up all over the bands.  Once you have worked PSK for a while you will get used to the tone and can pick it out of the bands just about anywhere.

 

 

BPSK-31 Frequencies

 

HF
Band Frequency
160m 1.838 MHz
80m 3.575-3.585 MHz
40m 7.040-7.047 MHz
30m 10.140 MHz
20m 14.070 MHz
17m 18.100 MHz
15m 21.080 MHz
10m 28.120 MHz

 

VHF
Band Frequency
6m 50.290 MHz
2m 144.144 MHz
1.25m 222.07 MHz
70 cm 432.2 MHz
33 cm 909 MHz

 

PSK Software:


There are several Digi-Mode programs to chose from, all with different strengths and weaknesses. Below are some of the most common programs to get you on the air.


  • Fldigi: Flfidi is the first program I started with. It's system resource friendly and offers a large range of digital mode options to choose from. Link: http://www.w1hkj.com/download.html
  • MixW: Easy to use Multi-Mode software from our Ham friends in the Ukraine Link: http://mixw.net/
  • MultiPSK: Another well known Multi-mode software from F6CTE Link: http://f6cte.free.fr/
  • Digital Master 780: Packaged with Ham Radio Deluxe, this comprehensive Multi-mode program provides a wealth of options and settings. May require a faster PC to operate, but its worth a try Link: http://www.hrdsoftwarellc.com/
  • DigiPan:  Another Popular PSK program that features a nice compact display. Link: http://www.digipan.net/

 

Now, get out there and have fun.

73 de KD0OYR


  •  OE8APR: 
     

    Thats my favorite mode at the moment!

     
     07.01.2013 
    1 point
     
  •  N0FJ: 
     

    Update (09/22/2012): Added PSK programs section with descriptions and links.

     
     22.09.2012 
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