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Old 09-04-2007, 12:19 PM
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Default What's needed for SITOR?

I read the Utility Column in Popular Communications magazine regularly. I notice an increasing number of listeners are reporting maritime activity in the digital SITOR-A or SITOR-B modes. Can someone explain in simple terms what is needed to decode these transmissions at home? I would love to have that capability. What's the difference between SITOR A & B? I use an Icom IC-735 HF ham rig for my monitoring. I also have a Radio Shack DX400.
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Old 09-04-2007, 1:59 PM
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Keep in mind that logs in pubs like PopComm have a 60 day or more lag between when they receive the log, and when they actually publish.

A basic definition of SITOR can be had here;

There are a few variants of Sitor A reported on occasion - the Russians and Egyptian embassy have both used a variant in the past. Our wiki has
sites with audio samples of both Sitor A and B.

Keep in mind that at first, PACTOR sounds to the ear much like SITOR-A, but PACTOR can and does change transmission speeds, and there is
a special variant of PACTOR that is used by Globe Wireless for email (supposedly secure).

As for software, there are numerous packages that can decode Sitor A/B - see this site;

If the 735 has a general coverage receiver in it, that will do nicely. You need a good receiver with selectivity and the ability to hear SSB without drifting all over the place. Of course, with today's propagation conditions (cruddy) no matter what you use, a good antenna is an absolute must.

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