A NEW FT8 with QSO and Rag Chew capabilities called FT8CALL

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN2X, Aug 12, 2018.

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  1. NO2Y

    NO2Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    3 letter OMA Old man alive/awake
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  2. LA6VQ

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    In HRD Logbook I just defined FT8CALL as a new mode, and will be using that to log the correct mode.

    When ADIF and ARRL/LoTW get their acts together and define an "offical" FT8CALL mode, I will instantly upload to LoTW with the correct mode. Assuming that my QSO partners will do the same, our QSOs will match in LoTW, while I guess FT8CALL QSOs logged as FT8 will not be matched with FT8CALL.

    This looks like last year, when FT8 was officially released mid-July. I think ADIF had the new mode defined about mid-August, while LoTW took about a week longer. I guess they will be able to repeat that, however, they may want to delay the start of the approval process until there is a general release of FT8CALL.

    73 Frode LA6VQ
  3. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT8 is now, by far, the most inputted QSO mode in LOTW.
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  4. NN2X

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    Speaking of popularity for FT8CALL....Not even commissioned...And take a look at today's stats! (From PSK Reporter)!

    Mode Count

    FT8 599984
    FT8CALL 3125 (2nd Place)
    CW 1947
    PSK31 432
    PSK63 279
    JT65 234
    RTTY 159
    SIM31 92
    ROS 76
    JT9 52
    MSK144 41
    OPERA 28
    OLIVIA 11
    PSK125 9
    MFSK16 3
    SSB 3
    PI4 2
    FSK441 1
    JT65B 1
    SIM63 1
    OLIVIA-8 1

    I can't wait until this is fully commissioned..
  5. NO2Y

    NO2Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whu uses PSK63? I don't think I've ever seen it here. WHERE do they use it?
  6. N1AAE

    N1AAE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wish TSQL would recognize FT8Call as a mode so I can upload to LOTW directly and sync to QRZ as I've been doing with FT8.
  7. W0FW

    W0FW Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is NO directed query that will produce a CQCQCQ from an unattended station.........so if you see someone calling CQ you can be 99.99% sure they are manning their station.
  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, of course.... but the attention span can be that of a 4 year old. The machine does the little work needed, in FT8.

    'OP' means that someone will be present for a chat. Not just the 3 second monitoring of a two minute link.
  9. NN2X

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    Scroll down some on the page and you see the stats.

  10. W7UUU

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

    Of course not. Not in the native software. It's called a "Keystroke Logging Macro " - search YouTube for "FT8 full Automation". You simply download and install a Macro Logger, and "teach" it the mouse clicks needed to run FT8 as if it were you running the mouse. That results in "fully automated mode". Then head off on a 30-day vacation and come back to see who all you "worked" :)

    That's what people mean when they say "full automation mode" - it's third party, not native to WSJT-X. You can often tell when you're being called by such an unattended robot: the caller will call and call and call and call - you can move up and down the waterfall calling your CQ but that blasted station is unrelenting because it's in automation mode for a new grid, and you're the only new grid calling. I had a W6 in CA the other day who did this for almost 30 minutes!! I finally worked him just to get him off my back. Very annoying.

    And of course, the Macro can also be set to call CQ and auto-answer. Clearly never intended by WSJT-X developers. But there are those lazy greedy folks out there looking for the easiest path to awards possible - they are the ones posting these videos, to bring more lazy greedy folks on board.

    FT8CALL should be 100% "robot free" I'm thinking...


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