Dave Hockaday WB4IUY, Youngsville NC USA FM05
Olivia Screen in DM-780

Olivia Operation @ WB4IUY/AC4QD

Olivia is a very cool weak signal mode that I'm beginning to enjoy. It is another soundcard mode, and comes wrapped in the DM-780 package within Ham Radio Deluxe). I have been able to copy Olivia signals down in the noise, so weak that they would not display in the waterfall nor were they audible to the ear. I simply put the rig on the call frequencies, and let it run. It's amazing what Olivia will pull out of the noise!

There is a great webpage about the weak signal Olivia modes on WB8ROL's website at http://www.oliviamode.com.

Using HRD's DM-780 on Olivia

I use DM-780 (built into Ham Radio Deluxe) to work the Olivia modes. There are other programs that work well, but I use DM-780 because it sorta has everything I want (all modes) in once package. It's easy to work Olivia with this software. I like it because you can see signals across 3khz of the band in the waterfall, and you can QSY within that 3khz with a simple mouse click.

DM-780

Buxcomm Rascal Interface on Olivia

I've said this before, but I'll say it again... the best $50 I've _EVER_ spent on my shack was when I bought a Rascal Soundcard/Rig Interface from Buxcomm. I had never even heard PSK31 or other digital modes of that sort... When the Rascal came in the mail to me, I had it opened, installed, and making my first contact on the air in less than 30 minutes. It was a beautifully simple plug and play operation, and came with all cables and software needed to get it up in running in just minutes. You can find it on Buxcomm Communications' website at http://www.buxcomm.com/. It doesn't get any easier or less expensive to get on the digital modes than this! I've also made a mod to the Rascal for keyed CW, so I wouldn't have to change cables when I operated in CW (not MCW) mode. I've posted info and a drawing about this on the site, and you can see it by clicking HERE.

Buxcomm Rascal Interface



For the Rascal CW Mod, click HERE. For the Rascal Remote Operation, click HERE.


Real-Time OLIVIA Spots on HamSpots.net

Click HERE for CURRENT OLIVIA SPOTS on HamSpots.net.


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