I have not played with Spectran yet, but on the question of dot
The optimum dot will depend on the FFT and integration time of the
software. Ideally the dot length will be a multiple of the FFT period;
three periods will give perfect resolution unless the software uses too
excessive an interleave factor, two will be adequate but dots could get
masked by impulse noise (an impulse can be several seconds in this
mode). What does the 0.03 Hz refer to, is it the FFT bin size or the
minimum resolution which is usually two to three bins depending on the
window employed. I use either EVMSPEC for the faster rates, or the
Dopplergram software for the EVM for slower monitoring, both have rates
at binary submultiples of 8000Hz.
30s dots is still fast CW as far as I am concerned !
If your transmitter is REALLY stable, and I mean significantly better
than 0.1ppm / 0.01 Hz and with the frequency known to this accuracy, I
should be able to do an LF Dopplergram on your signal and see what day /
night ionospheric effects are visible. These effects do show up on the
DCF 77.5 kHz signal and 137 should show a lot more. Here the sampling
rate of the signal will be 8000 / (2^18) = 0.03 Hz and a 256 point FFT
allows signal monitoring in a 240uHz bandwidth. It won't take much
notice of the 30 second dot period !
Since we are used to 3 second dots with Spectrogram, it seems
to go to 30 sec with Spectran at maximum resolution.
QRS in DFCW
Now, I want to arrange a test, if someone is interested, of course. I'm
planning to beacon for some days at low power, sending a message with
mode on 137.790 / 137.792, at 30 sec/dot, with 20 sec interval.
I will reduce RF power to 10 Watt, giving an approximative ERP of 10
this power setting my 900W TX will run unattended for days (I hope...)
, if you have a stable RX with a stable BFO !
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