FSK decoder for PDW

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FSK decoder for PDW

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Hi all,
Please take a look at my latest creation.
Cost is $49. Postage within Australia is $9.

PM me if you need to know more.

This is a 2-level FSK decoder.
It plugs into your PC's 9-pin serial port (COM 1) and a suitable receiver via 3.5mm mono plug.
It will only run under Windows XP. You will also need PDW software (available free on the net or I can supply).

I can supply a decoder to connect to a headphone/speaker output OR via a discriminator tap on your scanner/receiver.
Please specify which version you want.
The two versions look identical, a couple of components are changed internally.

These units are built and tested by myself (a radio/electronics tech with 30 years experience).
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Is there any difference between using one of these and the sterio/mono ? cables ? or is it just the other way of doing it ?
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Re: FSK decoder for PDW

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The data is generally completely error-free when you use a decoder.
Using the soundcard with either a mono or stereo cable works well, but can be tricky to set up. And, it ties your soundcard up too.
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Good stuff, I got a level 4 years ago out of Denmark, for a bit more $$.

will look and see if I need a level 2 as well.

be in touch.

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Thanks, alinco :P
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Shame there is no way you couldn't fit inline with a USB connection or something similar as some computers (especially laptops) nowdays don't have a serial connection

looks great as I would like to free up the soundcard however I can't find anything suitable for my laptops

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Yeah Dave, anyway it could be modded to have a USB connection??? I'm thinking no coz sound can't pass through the usb can it :?
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No, it's not designed for USB.
I don't think a USB to Serial adaptor works either, unfortunately.
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Yeah didn't think so.

I'll be in touch as well :)
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Quick question, what is the difference between a level 2 and a level 4???
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Stretch wrote:Quick question, what is the difference between a level 2 and a level 4???
LEVEL 2 IS Pocsag
level 4 is flex/pocsag
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Cheers :)
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orangepeel wrote:Shame there is no way you couldn't fit inline with a USB connection or something similar as some computers (especially laptops) nowdays don't have a serial connection

looks great as I would like to free up the soundcard however I can't find anything suitable for my laptops
Probably is this your solution;

RS-232 Interface and atleast PDW version 3.0, to make it work.

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Thanks for the links, Tuk Tuk.
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Re: FSK decoder for PDW

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Hi all,
I am no longer building these decoders. Most PC's don't have a serial port anymore, plus I simply don't have the time these days.
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