Lately I've become more interested in digital modes of communications and the past few months have been spent mostly on JT9/65. Today I made my first-ever, in 39 years of ham radio, QSO's on RTTY. This is largely due to not having any new DX to work on CW until a major DXpedition comes along.
Two things make the Flex 6000 series of transceivers ideal for digital modes:
|No need for this!|
Second, everything remains in the digital realm. Audio going to and from the rig is digital audio via the Flex's DAX interface (for Digital Audio Exchange). DAX is simply a digital equivalent of "virtual audio cables" that are built into the Flex operating software. There is no risk of ground loops, no need for audio isolation, no chance of hum being induced into the mix and no issues with audio-to-digital conversions. It's all digital, all the time.
Configuring the set-up to go from WSPR to JT65 to RTTY is a simple matter of a few clicks of the mouse with no spaghetti mess of wiring behind the rig. Once configured, a single click of the mouse (to select a saved profile in the Flex menu system) puts me on a specific band with the chosen mode.
See you on RTTY...