I have a NRD-545 radio and I am looking for decoding software that works with a computer soundcard. Something that decodes more than one kind. Something cheaper than HOKA. What does anyone recommend? Thanks
Doing digital tuning on HF takes a bit of patience; not everything is decodable. Hunt and pounce methods (tune into a signal, fool around with it....) is not always the best way to go, particularly for newcomers. You're much better off if you start with things that can be
Skysweeper is generally considered one of the better sets of packages out there - expensive but it's well supported.. However, for those just getting their feet wet, I generally recommend PC-ALE and PC-HFDL (the free version). So that you can decode NAVTEX, FAX and Sitor-B (all of which can still be found on HF), the inexpensive SeaTTY is a good choice. Apart from a few Aero and weather stns (and hams, of course), there's very little clear RTTY anymore.
I agree that MixW is very good - it works fine on baudot RTTY (what little there is anymore), Sitor B (and I understand it works OK for FAX, too), but everything else, is generally confined to modes used by hams.
A shame, too - it's a very flexible package. The basic version of Skysweeper is probably a good entry point - it's a bit expensive but way less than the Hoka or Wavecom units. There really isn't a good package in between, sadly. 73s Mike