Freese is responsible for the development and distribution of the Fast Light Digital Modem Application (Fldigi) suite of computer programs used for amateur and emergency communication. Fldigi is freeware available either for download or with popular digital interfaces like the SignaLink USB. It is one of the most popular digital programs in use by hams.
A longtime employee of the U.S. Coast Guard and a ham since 1957, Freese says he operated CW almost exclusively until 1999, when he was introduced to digital communications and took to it “like a duck to water.”
In 2012, Freese’s work with Fldigi earned him the ARRL Special Technical Service Award and a letter of appreciation from then-ARRL President Kay Craigie, K3NK.
If you’re considering trying out digital hamming, you can’t miss this presentation by Freese. We’ll see you in November at the Hamfest!