HOPE XII - The Circle of HOPE

Amateur Radio Using Digital Modes

Updated 16 July 2018


You want to play with wireless communications and heard getting an Amateur Radio license expands the spectrum available to you to transmit on? That’s great but experimenting is all you want to do and any communication with another “ham” you would like to keep it “short and sweet” and to the experiment at hand. Playing with the various digital modes of communications used in Amateur Radio can be a good starting point to ease into the hobby both cheaply and at a comfort zone of human interaction desired.

This workshop will introduce various digital mode communications used in Amateur Radio using a simple setup they can build with a laptop, open source software, and around $65 USD in hardware. Note the following:


Here is the presentation material that will be referenced in the workshop. Feel free to familiarize yourself with it prior to the workshop.

Lab Exercises

While the software used in the workshop is cross-platform, all lab exercises have been documented and tested with Windows and Linux (Debian variant) platforms only. Mac OSX testing was performed but not documented. Any OS specifics and/or exceptions are called out in the labs. Lab material details will be posted on day of workshop.


Any questions can be directed to consigliere AT cupano DOT com

Other Actvities

Special Event Station W2H and 70cm Repeater

If you’re an amateur “ham” radio operator, you’re part of a hacker community that goes back over a century. Bring your handie-talkie to QSO with the many hams at HOPE to keep up with what’s happening. Visit the Special Event Station W2H on the 18th floor and operate on several HF/VHF/UHF bands in various voice and data modes to freely communicate with hams around the globe - sans telecom infrastructure!

Our 70cm repeater input is 442.875 MHz (PL 167.9) and the output is 447.875 MHz which W2H operators will be monitoring. We also encourage simplex ops on 147.545 MHz and 433.545 MHz (PL 77.0).

Use CHIRP to program your radio? Import this CSV file using CHIRP to program the frequencies above.


- Joe, NE2Z