Here's how Patrick VK2PN looks to me running 5W.
This mode uses about half what a sideband radio would use and is perfectly intelligible when it's working. The other bonus with a digital mode is the complete lack of background noise.
Here's how I look to Patrick on his panadapter:
Patrick has written up our contact from his side on his blog.
FreeDV is very easy to get going on Windows, I had a go at building it for Ubuntu Linux but ran into a few bumps in the road.
Here's a video from my end where you'll hear how Patrick sounds to me as we both reduce power.
After the contact with VK2PN I was also able to talk with Graeme, VK4CAG pretty well.
So, this is an extounding day! Great work by David Rowe and all those involved. It's fantastic to have a good quality low bit rate voice codec that is public domain. This is a great thing for Ham Radio and I would think will have reverberations through the voice over IP business as well.
Update - FreeDV under Wine
Stephen, VK2BLQ, has just pointed out that FreeDV seems to run well under Wine on Linux.
Update - FreeDV now builds on Ubuntu 12.10
The latest code from subversion now builds smoothly on Ubuntu 12.10 but for me the audio stutters for some reason so I'm still using the Windows version under Wine. I just heard VK4BD on 14.236 but couldn't decode more than the call sign.
Update - FreeDV on MacOS via wine
FreeDV appears to run ok on MacOS under wine but again I'm hearing audio stuttering. It looks pretty good though:
I installed wine with brew. Note that to get it installed you need to do the following:
- brew rm libpng
- brew install libpng --universal
- brew install wine
Then you cd to the directory with freed-windows and wine freed.exe