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Qwerty7

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I enjoy listening to ALE signals on the USAF HF-GCS.
I use PC-ALE to decode and have some questions about it.

1- When I receive my first hit the ALE Mode changes from ALTERNATE to NORMAL.
I have read that it should change to SYNCHED.

2- The program fails to stop scanning upon receiving an active frequency causing me to miss transmissions. Is this due to a low signal strength ?

I am looking forward to the new version of PC-ALE which is now in the Beta phase of development.

Thanks,

Mary
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Qwerty7

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Thanks anyway....

Never mind.....as usual I have obtained the information on my own.

mm
 

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I never got PC-ALE to work, it never would decode any ALE transmissions. Is it ok to use the headphone output of the reciever? Or are you guys using something else?
 

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Yes, that will work - altho I've used the line out of my RX320 and that works just fine. Perhaps it's a soundcard issue? Some utilities are finicky when it comes to that.

When it comes to PC-ALE, there are 2 sources of information - the HFLink and the UDXF (Utility DXers Forum - replaced the venerable Worlwide Ute News group) Yahoo groups both have large numbers of folks using ALE utilities. It's a rather specialized mode, and it doesn't surprise me that there weren't a lot of threads answering Mary's original question.

73s Mike
 

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PC-ALE Follow up...

I was able to get the information I needed from the following site I think other PC-ALE
monitors will find valuable..

n2ck.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM

Lots and lots of good info.

Regards,

mm
 

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I get a not found when I try to connect to it - the server is down, perhaps?

73s Mike
 

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jay427 said:
ok I give up, whats "PC-ALE"?

short version will be fine.

thanks

Jay
I can't resist...

"Its like PC-BEER only lighter"

But seriously, has anyone used "SkySweep" software?

I bought it recently, haven't had time to play with it much but I have decoded PSK31 and RTTY (whohoo) and some CW although it seems to have a hard time with CW, I can copy better in my head.
 

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That's not surprising; software will always have some problems with different CW fists, machine speeds and so on.

Skysweeper is used by more than a few folks on the Utility DXers Forum at Yahoo, and they have their own Yahoo group as well. It certainly has its own following, for sure. 73s Mike
 
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