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MultiPSK 4.31.1alt

 

Clock 1.10.4

 

Multicom 1.0.1

 

Multidem 2.5.1

 

 

Modes supported by Multipsk:

  • Phase Shift Keying modes:
    • BPSK: BPSK31-63-125-250 / CHIP (64/128) / PSK10 / PSKFEC31 / PSKAM10-31-50
    • BPSK with SSTV: PSK63 F - PSK220F + DIGISSTV "Run"
    • QPSK: QPSK31-63-125-250
    • 8PSK: VDL2
    • MPSK: MT63
    • PACKET BPSK1200-250-63-31 + APRS+ DIGISSTV "Run"
    • MIL-STD-188-110A - 4285
    • HFDL
    • EPIRB-ELT-PLB beacons
    • ARGOS (beacons/satellites)
    • AUTEX
    • ORBCOMM
  • On-Off Keying Modes: CW / CCW-OOK / CCW-FSK / QRSS
  • Amplitude modulation mode: APT faxes (NOAA satellites)
  • Frequency Shift Keying modes:
    • PACKET: 110-300-1200 bauds + APRS+ DIGISSTV "Run"
    • PACTOR 1 / AMTOR FEC-Navtex / AMTOR ARQ / SITOR A
    • ASCII / RTTY 45-50-75-100-110-150-200 / SYNOP + SHIP / IEC 870-5
    • 1382 / BIIS / GMDSS DSC / ATIS / ACARS (VHF) / DGPS / NWR SAME / ARQ-E / ARQ-E3
  • Multi Frequency Shift Keying modes:
    • MFSK8 / MFSK16/32/64 (+SSTV)
    • OLIVIA / Contestia / RTTYM / VOICE
    • THROB/THROBX
    • DominoF / DominoEX / THOR
    • PAX / PAX2
    • Automatic Link Establishment (see http://www.hflink.com) MIL-STD-188-141A+
      ARQ FAE / ALE400 + ARQ FAE
    • DTMF, SELCAL
    • JT65 (A B and C)
    • LENTUS
    • COQUELET
  • Base band modes: POCSAG, AIS, Packet 9600 bauds (G3RUH)
  • Hellschreiber modes: FELD HELL / FM HELL(105-245) / PSK HELL / HELL 80
  • Graphic modes: HF FAX / SSTV / PSK SSTV modes (mentioned above) / MFSK16 SSTV (mentioned above)
  • PPM (by positioned pulses) modes: mode S (ADS-B included)
  • DSP modes: Filters / Analysis / Binaural CW reception
  • RTTY, CW, BPSK31, BPSK63 and PSKFEC31 Panoramics
  • Identifiers: Video ID / RS ID / Call ID
  • TCP/IP digital modem
  • Integered SdR demodulator/modulator

 

New release (4.31) of MULTIPSK

The main improvements of MULTIPSK 4.31 are the following:

1) New mode ORBCOMM (RX)

This system has been developed by the ORBCOMM society which disposes of a constellation of about 37 active LEO ("Low Earth Orbit") satellites, transmitting between 137.2 and 137.8 MHz (+/- 2.5 KHz maximum of Doppler shift).

This system permits:

· to handle messages (encrypted) from ground users (ships, trucks, oil wells...) until other ground users, through the ORBCOMM satellites, the cover being worldwide. These frames are decoded by Multipsk but not deciphered,

· to broadcast identification, frequencies, position and orbital elements pieces of information, not encrypted. These frames are decoded and interpreted by Multipsk.

This mode is available for licencied copies, only (otherwise, the decoding is stopped after 5 minutes).

See general specifications further on.

2) Automatic satellites tracking ("Satellites" button)

The operator has the possibility to automatically track a satellite in position and in frequency (in frequency, if the receiver is under control by Multipsk, possibly via Commander, or directly if the RX is a Funcube or a RTL/SDR key).).

From the "TLE" satellites data files, it will be determinated the satellite position and its frequency during its pass, taking into account the Doppler shift. With this frequency, the receiver will be automatically controlled (in "Transceiver").

The global control may be summarized according to the following diagram:

Satellites data (TLE files)-->Multipsk-->Receiver frequency control

2) Others

· Addition of the Contestia 64-1K sub-mode.

· General use of "Arial" font, instead of "Ms sans Serif", to better manage graphic formats other than 96 pixels per inch.

Note about translation of Multipsk.exe and Clock .exe: the 4.30 version of Multipsk has been completly translated to Spanish by Joachin (EA4ZB), from French. The translation file is on my Web site (http://f6cte.free.fr/Translation_files.htm).

Description of the Orbcomm mode

For Hams and SWL, a signal (transmitted in your area) can be received:

· either from the discriminator output of a classical VHF FM receiver via a direct connection to the PC sound card,

· or, possibly, from the VHF FM receiver speaker through a simple direct connection to the PC sound card,

· or with a SdR receiver (FunCube Dongle, RTL SDR,...) and directly demodulated (in FM) by Multipsk.

Baud rate: 4800 symbols/second.

Modulation : SDPSK (Symmetrical Differential Phase Shift Keying), i.e. a "0" is transmitted with a -90° shift of the carrier phase whereas the "1" is transmitted with a 90° shift. The transmission could be demodulated in PSK, but it is more simple (the minimum Signal to Noise ratio not being so good) to demodulate in FM. This because in PSK, the carrier phase must be followed and locked whereas in FM it is not necessary (the baseband signal is directly supplied).

Reception mode: FM

Shape of pulse : Root Raised Cosine (Alpha=0.4) to limit spectral occupancy.

Bandwidth : 2.5 KHz

Demodulation : non coherent (in FM)

Bit synchronization : automatic using the signal

Data synchronization : a suite of 12 specific bytes.

Correction code: no, but a Fletcher checksum permits to validate each packet of 12 or 24 bytes

Convolution code: no

Interleaving : no

Scrambling: no

Lowest S/N: about +11 dB,

The ORBCOMM satellites transmit identification, frequencies, position and orbital elements pieces of information, not encrypted. These frames are decoded and interpreted by Multipsk. Messages frames are decoded by Multipsk but not deciphered.

ORBCOMM satellites decoding is based on the following document: http://mdkenny.customer.netspace.net.au/Orbcomm.pdf (thanks to Mike Kenny).

 

The main improvements of MULTIPSK 4.30 are the following:

1) New mode ATIS (RX)

ATIS (Automatic Transmitter Identification System) is used by ships for identifying themselves by their call sign (or by their MMSI for visiting ships), on inland waterways (as the Rhine) of the "RAINWAT" area (a part of continental Europe). It is transmitted a short frame (285 ms) sent just after the operator has finished talking and releases his "PTT" ("Push To Talk") button of his FM VHF radio-telephone. It is similar to the VHF GMDSS mode, but only the ATIS code is transmitted (no position and no message). For more information about ATIS, look at http://www.agentschaptelecom.nl/sites/default/files/boekarestovereenkomst.pdf

The radio-telephone frequencies on inland waterways are located on channels spaced by 25 KHz between 156.025 and 161.950 MHz (for example: 160.800 MHz for the Amsterdam port station (channel 04)).

2) Others

· An "AFC" (Automatic Frequency Control) function is available in VDL2 mode, if Multipsk is directly interfaced with the SdR.

· Improvement of the GMDSS VHF decoding.

· Addition of the Olivia 32-2K sub-mode.

 

 

New release (4.29.2) of MULTIPSK

The new release of MultiPSK (4.29.2) and Clock (1.10.2) are on my Web site (http://f6cte.free.fr).

Multipsk associated to Clock are freeware programs but with functions submitted to a licence (by user key).

The main improvements of MULTIPSK 4.29.2 are the following:

· In AUTEX mode, all received and transmitted messages are displayed in a "SMS" form in a specific window. Positions (by Locator or latitude/longitude) can be transmitted and displayed. It is also possible to exchange small files (<=10Kb).

· In 4285 mode, the "Inversion" button permits to invert the bits polarity. For example, an Italian station (from Naples) transmits, sometimes, in 600 Long / 5N1 / Inverted on 8123.2 KHz. The "Auto" button permits to automatically detect the bits polarity.

· For RTL/SDR keys, it is proposed, thanks to the "RTL and mode selection" button, to select the direct sampling of the I branch: this experimental mode permits, after key modification (see http://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-direct-sampling-mode/), to receive between 0 and 14.4 MHz (HF frequencies). However, the modification is difficult because components are tiny. Moreover, the key sensitivity is very bad.

 

 

The main improvements of MULTIPSK 4.29.1 are the following:

· New message mode in all ARQ modes

The "Message mode" button, in pushed position, allows the user, for all "ARQ" modes (Packet FSK110-300-1200 bauds/Packet PSK31-63-250-1200 bauds, PAX, PAX2, 141A(ALE), ALE400, AUTEX 2, 4, 7,13) to prepare the message and then to send it when it is ready. The transmission is done with the "Send" button or with the key.

If not in "message mode", the message is sent as and when it is written (previous way to do). In "message mode", the "Transmission on " option is ignored.

Display of the GMDSS coast stations positions on maps.

Update of the Shipdata.txt file and display of the ship type, if known, in GMDSS and AIS.

The "CPU" button (at the top of the RX/TX screen) gives the number of cores of the CPU, followed by the CPU theoretical speed and the volume of data (RX/TX). It allows the activation of the CPU and memory measurements of the PC.

New macro (for "Alignment on an AF frequency") allows an action equivalent to push on the "Align" button of the "Transceiver" form.

Volume of data received or transmitted limited to 60 Mb with automatic back-up beyong 60 Mb.

Note about translation of Multipsk.exe and Clock .exe: the 4.29 version of Multipsk has been completly translated to Spanish by Joachin (EA4ZB), from French. The translation file is on my Web site (http://f6cte.free.fr/Translation_files.htm).

INSTALLATION AND START-UP OF MULTIPSK AND CLOCK WITH THE NEW SETUP PROGRAM

To install the programs on your hard disk:

1) Download "MULTIPSK_setup.exe" from the F6CTE WEB site

(http://f6cte.free.fr/index_anglais.htm). The links are:

* "To download the last version of Multipsk and Clock, click here" or

* "Download Here".

Afterwards click on "Run" (or "Execute") (rather that to store it).

ATTENTION: the Windows firewall perhaps will block this file. You will have to unblock it.

NOTE: as there is no change in the Windows registers base (and so no problem of uninstallation), the application files could be installed manually (with Windows Explorer) in any directory.

2) During the execution:

* the setup program (based on a "Inno Setup" script) will ask to confirm the

detected language ("English"). The other proposed language is French,

* by default, the user will confirm the proposed options,

Note: your configuration files will not be modified, because they will be

automatically created, only in case of absence.

* if the installation directory yet exists, the setup program could ask confirmation

of this directory. You will answer "Yes", except a particular user need.

Note: if you are installing the program for the first time, confirm "C:\MULTIPSK".

If you are updating any previous version, give the yet used directory name.

Two links on MULTIPSK and CLOCK will be automatically created on the desktop as well as a "Multipsk" group in the menu.

Start the MULTIPSK program either with the "MULTIPSK" link or from the menu. The configuration screen opens first. You must click the RX/TX button to access the main screen.

IMPORTANT: Clock must be started as administrator to be able to update the PC time. For this, just right-click on the Clock.exe file, select "Properties" and choose the "Compatibility properties" or "Advanced properties". Check on "Run as administrator" (Level privilege).

The help file can be started from MULTIPSK, or by double-clicking on "HELP_PSK.CHM". For help on CLOCK, click "HELP_CLO.CHM".

In case of error message such as "Action cancelled" or "DNS error", to unblock the blocked CHM file:

* In Windows Explorer, right-click the blocked file, and then click Properties.

* In the General tab, click Unblock.

Hints and contextual help:

* many buttons have a hint which is obtained by remaining a fraction of second

with the mouse pointed on the button,

* a contextual help (i.e. depending on the selected mode) is obtained by clicking

with the right button of the mouse, the cursor of this one being located over

a mode button ("BPSK31", for example).

Multipsk is conceived for a Windows system.

Note for the LINUX users (under WINE):

The DLLs are not recognized under Linux. Multipsk uses few DLLs, and only for auxiliary functions which are:

* the RTL/SDR interface for SdR receivers,

* PC identification,

* the parallel port handling,

* PSK-reporter,

* option "DirectSound" for the pseudo-modes "Filters" and "Binaural".

To avoid an error message, select the last option of the menu.

 

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