Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN2X, Aug 12, 2018.
3 letter OMA Old man alive/awake
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
FT8 is now, by far, the most inputted QSO mode in LOTW.
Speaking of popularity for FT8CALL....Not even commissioned...And take a look at today's stats! (From PSK Reporter)!
FT8CALL 3125 (2nd Place)
I can't wait until this is fully commissioned..
Whu uses PSK63? I don't think I've ever seen it here. WHERE do they use it?
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.
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.
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.
Just tab on this URL
Scroll down some on the page and you see the stats.
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...