[pskmail] A bit confused I am...

  • From: kd7tkq@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: pskmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2008 17:18:40 -0800 (PST)


It has been a little while since I've tried doing anything with pskmail, mostly 
because I didn't have a suitable antenna, but now that I have that taken care 
of, I thought I would try my luck at finding a server and getting my client to 
connect. The problem is, things are behaving very strangely, and I cannot 
figure out quite what is happening or why. I'm sure there is something I am 

Anyhow, I'm on Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid), using fldigi 3.03 and pskmail 1.0 (or so 
says the title bar and about, but lower left corner says 0.9.10)

Here's my problem: fldigi seems to work fine all by itself. When I start 
pskmail, it seems to be talking to fldigi OK - the connect strings appear in 
fldigi, and it transmits, but the frequency starts hunting around. If a signal 
is nearby, it seems to be trying to track it as if AFC is on, but sometimes it 
just seems to change on its own when there is no signal to try and track. And 
this is despite the fact that I have LOCK activated and AFC deactivated in 

Oh, and if I close pskmail, then the hunting around stops, and AFC works only 
if activated, and frequency stays exactly where I put it if AFC is off.

Can anyone tell me what I might be doing wrong here? Any suggestions would be 
greatly appreciated. Thanks!

73 de Mike KD7TKQ

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail 
in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And 
radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them 
there. The only difference is that there is no cat.  --Albert Einstein, 
describing radio.


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