New user observations and questions


#1

I finally opened the box on my DC and decided to see what I could do… Observations and questions so far:

  1. “aiming” the antenna was trivial. There seems to be a wide range where it works fine. This is a good thing!

  2. The audio stream output seems very weak. I have it plugged into an external amp and I’m running that at full volume just to hear it. Is there an internal volume adjustment?

  3. I can’t figure out how to send APRS packets to it. I’ve read most of the posts in this forum and tried most of it, but I’m not seeing my test messages come through. Any suggestions?

  4. Does the quality of the audio get better if I do a better job aiming the antenna to get a higher bit-rate? Or maybe the old-time radio shows are just low quality to start with.

  5. How often does weather update? I’ve only had it running for about 4 hours but don’t have any weather data yet. I do have news and 6 Wikipedia articles so far…

Fun stuff!!

-Farren


#2

Did you adjust the volume through the display? Which version of Skylark are you running?

Are you seeing any APRS packets coming through?

The Old Time Radio shows are definitely low quality to begin with. I think they are recordings of AM broadcasts. What is your SNR? After a certain point, improved SNR won’t have any impact on reception.

Weather updates twice per day. How long have you had the receiver up so far?