Digital Mode JS8 real time translation in foreign language!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN2X, Dec 30, 2018.

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  1. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Just my 2 cents, but having built one, I wouldn't recommend a uBITX kit for a beginner. It's still a "kit" and must be built. Despite being a fairly easy kit, it's still going to require decent bench skills to build and get working properly, before launching into getting it running on FT8. I plan to put mine on FT8 actually. But building the kit and getting all that working is not something I'd ever recommend for a rank beginner.

    Aside from that, he specifically said "don't say build one" :)

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
  2. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do you have to 'stuff the boards' or is it more like Elecraft?

    I'm not sure I would want to stuff a board (which also means winding toroid coils) either today.
     
  3. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    VERY much like Elecraft in fact! The boards are built and "all you do" is wire up all the external controls and display panel and very likely install it all in a cabinet (otherwise it's a VERY clumsy radio to use). There are cases that are 90% ready to go but still require tool work for the display panel cutout and holes for the controls. I bought mine from a Chinese site for $8!!

    But all the really hard stuff (a zillion toroids, SMT parts) is done and the boards are tested at the factory.

    Not hard for someone who works on stuff but definitely not a "first timer kit". Also, using it is a challenge at first. Sure, it has lots of cool built-in functions but it's a pretty steep learning curve learning how to access them in the menu system.

    Fun little radio though - amazing for the price, in fact.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  4. K4SUE

    K4SUE Ham Member QRZ Page

    No I'm not questioning whether or not it is taking off, I'm taking issue with you cherry picking data and representing it as proof that JS8 is second only to FT8 in popularity. Take a look at the psk reporter map at various times of the day - FT8 varies a bit but the number of reporting stations is generally above 2500 most of the time. JS8 reporting stations has hovered around 100 for months now, not much growth there.
    CW is worse yet with generally less than 25 stations reporting. Yet CW and FS8 run about the same number of spots.
    Then consider how psk reporter collects its data - based on de (callsign) heard. Obviously FT8 and JS8, with their 15 seconds between ID, spit out a lot more spots than CW.
     
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  5. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    US Army "Heliograph" - A heliograph is a wireless telegraph that signals by flashes of sunlight reflected by a mirror. The flashes are produced by momentarily pivoting the mirror, or by interrupting the beam with a shutter.
     
  6. K3SZ

    K3SZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You seem to have several 10M SSB contacts in your QRZ logbook. Perhaps that radio can do what you're asking?
     
  7. KM9R

    KM9R Ham Member QRZ Page

    Digital Mode JS8 real time translation in foreign language!

    Ummm....no
    Google translate..... yes
    FT8's longwinded clone....no

    cheers
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2019
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  8. PA0MHS

    PA0MHS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    The next step is to leave out the hotspots at all. Oh wait... we already have WhatsApp....
    Anybody remember ham radio?
     
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  9. KC8EQF

    KC8EQF Ham Member QRZ Page

    HTX-10 gave up the ghost
     
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  10. KC8EQF

    KC8EQF Ham Member QRZ Page

    The bitx40 looks great, just what I want. I am not able to assemble, poor eyesight and quivering hands due to back injury. And come up with the $ !
     

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