So, while I did not actually get around to playing with the digital modes last weekend as planned, I did
get the antenna out on the patio and everything hooked up this weekend. (Bonus - I also converted all the power cables to Anderson Power Poles and have a little APP power strip at me desk. Very convenient.)
Surprisingly, it only took a few minutes to get the soundcard configured for receive and transmit, so I was up and operating BPSK-31 right away (with the old free version of Ham Radio Deluxe). Made several contacts, and noticed that it's about 50/50 between guys who want to chat and those who just want to swap signal reports... like the rest of ham radio, I suppose.
In any case, at one point I noticed the Slow Scan TV button in the software and clicked it. It dialed me over to the appropriate frequency for the band , and as it happens, there was the last bit of an image coming through...
When I was a younger ham, I always wanted to do SSTV and was lusting over an AVT card, but I never got my hands on one... too expensive.
Now it was just a button push from free software and a dirt cheap interface.
In any case, I don't know any of the protocols for making sstv contacts (perhaps the call CQ on a different freq?), but I left the radio in receive mode while running out to do some grocery shopping and captured a number of images.
My antenna isn't great, so some of these images are quite noisy, and I wasn't there to bump the horizontal and vertical when they didn't sync properly, but I was, none-the-less pleased.
As a cartoonist, the mode appeals to me... I may have to play with it a bit...#twt