Sorcerer Decoding Software

Whilst looking for digital decoders I read a review on the software package Sorcerer. The software can be used with any HF receiver and allow you to decode a multitude of digital modes. You will find the standard FAX, CW, PSK and Olivia decoders, but also the Nato standard Stanag.

Whilst testing the software I centred the receiver on 127.5 Khz and decoded the European EFR data signal. The European EFR system is described on their website and uses 3 x 100 KW transmitters at Mainflingen 129.1 Khz, Burg 139 Khz and Lakihegy 135.6 Khz. Your dial frequency may vary a little depending on the location of the signals in your passband.

The EFR signal sounds like this.

You can download the free software. If you wanted to say thanks for hosting then a small donation would be most helpful online.

To decode EFR, run the program and select “Add Decoder” select EFR.

A setup guide is provided by the UXDF group.

Once received the decoded signal and  Sorcerer software should look like this.


The development of Demand Side Management (DSM) and the history of Radio Ripple control and load management is also explained here.

The decoded text shows the time, date and hex address, and the message is transmitted every 10 seconds. The system is described in some detail in this PDF file.

The system can be used to remote control street lights and power load management.

The decoding software Sorcerer would seem to have been developed by Avonlea Services, although the web provides no trace of this company today.

I cant find any trace of the described website in the help file and therefore cant credit anyone with the software. I have hosted the software for free download on my site, although if you are the author please get in touch.

The software is capable of decoding many modes including

DPRK 600 bd FSK* EFR Telemeter
Facsimile (FAX) 60-90-120-240 LPM
Facsimile (FAX) B&W – Gray Scale
France-Inter Time Signal
Globe Wireless Dataplex Marker
Globe Wireless FSK & PSK
Greek 145bd 1265 Hz FSK*
Grintek DT-309
Harris RF-3560 PSTN TIU
Hellschreiber – Basic Hellschreiber – FELD
Hellschreiber – FM Hellschreiber- MT
Hellschreiber- Duplo Hellschreiber – PSK
HF Datalink (HFDL) ARINC 635
Israeli Tadiran Burst Message System*
Italian FSK Burst 600 bps*
Italian FSK 300/600 bd*
Italian FSK 1200 bd*
IRA-ARQ (includes Zip archive recovery)
MD-513B 16PSK MT63
MD-674 Asynchronous FSK
MD-1061 16PSK MD-1239 16PSK
MD-1268 16PSK MFSK8 & 16
Mil-Std 188-110A App A 16DPSK
Mil-Std 188-110A serial
Mil-Std 188-110A serial HRS variant
Mil-Std 55529A NB Asynchronous FSK
Mil-Std 55529A WB Asynchronous FSK
MSF Rugby Time Signal
Nokia M85200 M90*
OLIVIA (all submodes)

Dave M0TAZ


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  1. hi – where i can find sourcr code it ?
    it is a open source ?
    which program languages is written ?

    1. The link is in the article, you should be able to click and download the file from the web article.

  2. Reports indicate the download has a virus embedded….

    1. Yes I read the reports on the internet. The file has been virus checked and none has been found, “caveat emptor”. I read once on the internet the earth is flat ?

  3. buenas alguien lo pudo ejecutar en Windows 10, cuando lo ejecuto y escojo psk luego pactor 111 se cierra el programa, cabe recalcar que lo demás funciona normal solo es cuando se escoge esa tarea especifica, gracias a quien me pueda ayudar

  4. I tried to find some info about decoding TDF time bits… Sigidwiki writes that Sorcerer can decode TDF, but i don’t see that option…

  5. I am trying to use the TCP server for ARINC635 and need some help setting it up. What secondary decoder software do you use? I am using Planeplotter to decode ordinary ACARS signals and wondered it it was possible to use this connection for HF ACARS. Is it TCP ANSI or UNICODE?

  6. Cannot see any download link.

    1. The clue is the word download. Have a look at the article again, and look for this section You can download the free software. The word download is linked to the ZIP file.

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