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Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by SQ9GOL, Jan 13, 2019.

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  1. SE3X

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    Damn .. I'm beaten on that one then .. hate not be No 1 :D they say I'm kind of competetive .. :) Still hope to see you in a QSO soon.
  2. VA3VF

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    I'm on 40M now.

    Edit: Moved to 80M, 40 is not productive right now.;)
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2019
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  3. SE3X

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    And I'm having dinner at my soon and his family. So won't make it tonight unfortunately.

    Not sure on 40m this time at night? 23.15 local time. To late I'd say, but I have worked lots of DX from both US/Canada around 11 local. I'll have to ask you to keep the invitation open :)
  4. KB2E

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    Unless the mode can send the exchange without a predefined setup having to be published or passed around then the mode isn't allowed. WSJT-X can't do it without a special setup and having to relate thta special setup to WFD participants. Further FT8 is all but useless in an emergency other than to check propagation. It can't pass useful information. And no, using ARRL FD as he contest mode won't do it because it will not accept an O, I or H in the Exchange field. So 2I, 5O or 2 H won't work. So it can't do the exchange. Further, I can do more than 1 QSO in a minute CW or SSB. If all you're looking for is a muliplier try JS8Call. It can do the exchange easily and without special setup, it can call CQ WFD no problem.
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  5. KB2E

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    Yes the characters are restricted so the enchange can't be made.
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  6. NT5A

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    I believe that the current incarnation of FT8 does not support the needed exchange for the winter fd. There was some discussion about it on the FT8 reflector, and that is what I recall that the discussion was about. Also, please note that FT8 contacts are not fully automated. The software COULD have been written to facilitate automatic contacts, but that feature was specifically written out of the goals for the mode. Operator input is required. I personally love FT8, but the message length and structure is a limitation. 73 de NT5A - Bob
  7. N2YDC

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  8. K4AGO

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    "Fanboy fanboy what ya gonna do? What ya gonna do when the FCC comes for you; rummm puhhhh pummm pummm. Rummm puhhhh pummm pummm

    I'll play for them puhhh rummm puhhh pummm Rummm puhhh pummm...

    I think we have have a new hit song

    Lets call it LITTLE FAN DRUMMER BOY.

    It should go over big around Christmas.

    Just kidding, no disrespect or denigration intended.
  9. SE3X

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    I'm on 160m right now. Have seen VE2MF on the cluster a while ago. But having heavy AU right on my head making contacts west almost impossibel.
  10. K0IVK

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    There is nothing wrong with FT8 for those of us who are satisfied with a call sign exchange and a more accurate signal report than 59 or 599 and a grid square rather than a state. I have been using FT8 since the beginning and have 1300 QSLs on eQSL. My beef is that the decision was made to allow the contesting group to abuse FT8 as they have been doing with the rest of the ham bands for years.
    With FT8 we had a place to escape the contesting when it blocked the bands. Now FT8 is also blocked.
    That is why I quit using FT8.
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