Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN2X, Aug 12, 2018.
Thanks Jordan.....appreciate all your efforts.
Thanks for posting this example.
FT8CALL both requires and immerses the operators into the exchange. That differs from FT8 , which with extremely limited operator input, is essentially a machine to machine mode (M2M). No doubt on the FT8 utility: just look at its usage. But its information conveyal is extremely limited.
FT8CALL, like FT8, is a near optimum, high probability of intercept mode, that has substantial detectability at low signal to noise level, compared to 'legacy' modes. That means it ENABLES hams with low EIRP, and/or marginal propagation conditions. It is hard to overstate the importance of this.
If you are willing to have QSO's greater than a few minutes, then FT8CALL, IMO, is a preferred mode and a great addition to the tool box of ham radio.
That's the last 15 minutes of FT8Call activity as reported by PSKReporter on 08/16/2018 at about 11AM EST (1400UTC)
When I use FT-8, I have the VFO set to one frequency but the actually frequency I transmit on is essentially determined by WHERE in the waterfall I click. My rig shows about 4-5 Khz of spectrum. I can "see" anyone calling within that spectrum, even though the VFO is set on 1 frequency (14.080 say). If I want to call CQ, I look around within that spectrum for a clear frequency. So NO, not everyone is calling on the same frequency and saying they are is simply wrong. So EVEN IF everyone has their VFO set to 14.080, they may be calling anywhere from that frequency up 4 Khz or so. That's how FT-8 works.
Even during contests, RTTY folks spread out as well. Folks ALL don't call on 14.080. THAT's what the VFO is for!
RTTY is not dead in Asia and Europe... this is just from tonight:
Pretty good density for RTTY. 8 signals in 1000Hz.
You will see FT8CALL grow exponentially in the next few weeks.
People want to be part of the action, beyond the machine
There is certainly plenty of activity, as witnessed by the PSKReporter record. However it seems that most of the activity is people transmitting beacons, calling CQ with no replies, and sending ALLCALL? to get a bunch of automated SNR reports. There are very few actual QSOs taking place!
In the past 24 hours I have managed to complete 12 QSOs (all on 20m or 40m), but PSKReporter indicates that I have been heard by at least 60 different stations. A lot of guys seem to just leave their receivers running in FT8CALL mode, but never respond to CQ calls. If I send ALLCALL? I often get half a dozen automated reports back, but none of the stations are available to have a QSO.
Perhaps there should be some new 2 letter abbreviation in the cq message, to indicate the operator is present and its not like a refrigerator running by itself
I suggest something like: W1YW: cqcqcq OP K
OP: 'operator present'