Programs and web links
As an increasing amount of SSTV is now
performed with Computers or using computer functions and hardware like
digital cameras and scanners and graphic or paint programs etc. I have included
some programs and links the new users may find helpfull.
We now have lot's of excellent SSTV home web pages with program down loads
and much useful information that is being created around the world. It's
easy to locate what you want with the numerous search engines.
: Lot's to choose from, a good general purpose engine is
or if you are
looking for graphics use the Google Image
and just type
in a name of a subject or picture and it will search the web and provide JPG and
GIF graphics in thumbnails that can be enlarged to full size and saved. (It's
amazing at the number of pictures on the W.W.W. with the same name.)
Some more excellent sources of all types of
software and programs is found at the ZDNET
load location http://www.zdnet.com/downloads
that let's you select by file name or by category. The TECHTV people also have
lot's of free and shareware programs and provide a technical news letter
service on computers, published by their two satellite/cable shows
"Call for Help" and "The Screen Savers" http://techtv.com
that have free down
load archives or software libraries that are triple checked for Viruses.
We now have numerous web home pages for SSTV most with links
and soft ware down loads for SSTV programs that the new operator may find
useful. The manufacture of the "Rig Blaster"
has a list of Dos and Windows software for a variety of SSTV and PSK-31 etc.
digital communication programs at http://www.westmountainradio.com
can select the ones you wish to down load and install.
New experimental SSTV and Video Systems
I'm learning of several new visual communication systems. The firsr is
called Narrow Band Television
, It allows the use of Black
and white images at a 2.5 FPS rate in a AM radio mode and requires the use of a
sound card or Sound Blaster type interface. Reports so far are not favorable on
this system, You can however down load the receive software at http://www.highnoonfilm.com/tvdx/Rxmono48.exe
and the transmit software at http://www.highnoonfilm.com/tvdx/Txmono48.exe
A second system we described in the previous VISION news
letter High Definition Digital SSTV can provide a quality color
picture using a Linux software that is to be adapted to MS Windows software.
Developed by KA9VAK and W9NTP and also tested by W8ZCF using the AMSAT
AO-40,S2 satellite transponder using 435 MHz up and 2.4 GHZ
Promote and Publish SSTV
I would like to remind the members they can help to promote SSTV and
visual communication several ways. Gene Harland WB9MMM the publisher of Amateur
Television Quarterly welcomes articles on SSTV. I would also like to remind
every one receiving this News Letter to submit information on activities
including hardware and software etc. that is of a general interest to me firstname.lastname@example.org
and also use the IVCA Yahoo
questions and exchange information with IVCA members. I will add that
QST magazine has recently published some good articles on SSTV and even one
by me some time back.
Like to hear
from you, happy
73 Ramon Glidden W5NOO Director/Editor