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SSTV for free?
Have you ever tried SSTV?
Are you looking for a new mode to play with?

Well I was, but who has money for a fancy Robot type SSTV system? I was rag chewing with a friend of mine, Frank VE3ZN, who put me onto a web site that will let you download a free (unregistered) version of their SSTV software, and the hardware requirements, other than a computer system and an HF rig, are zero. That's right! you don't need fancy Modulators, Demodulators or even a TNC. We had found W95SSTV.
These Slow Scan TV Programs, written for computers running WIN95 or NT, use the computers sound card as an Analog-to-Digital converter for receiving or a Digital-to-Analog converter for transmitting. They are written in windows as true 32-bit programs, and will share processor time and resources with other 32-bit programs such that you could surf the web, run a word processor or whatever at the same time as running SSTV.
They offer an array of image formats including; BMP, EPS, GIF, JPG, PCX, PNG, PSD, RAS, TGA, TIF, WMF and WPG, however the unregistered version will only recognize BMP.
The following table lists a number of computer sound card software programs available today.

Home URL Software Writer Detailed Review


by Jim, N7CXI



by M.Versteeg, PA3GPY



by Don, K0HEO





Blaster SSTV

by Harlan Technologies



by Johan, ON1MH



by Maynard, KA1LPA



by Silicon Pixels


I have used and written reviews on some of them. Simply click on the Review Hyper Link to load that page.

Screen Shot of  W95SSTV

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Screen Shot of ChromaPix

Chromapix web page under construction :)

Well I hope I have got you interested in taking a look at the reviews. You will have a lot of fun with this mode. 73 and enjoy, Ernie WM2U