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. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    You can dial in any frequency you'd like. 6m has a frequency defined and has quite a bit of activity.

    I probably won't pick one for LF/MF since they are pretty niche. VHF/UHF are fairly local and probably best scheduled by local ops.
     
  2. N1AAE

    N1AAE Ham Member QRZ Page

    A Redditor said something witty that'd make a good official slogan of FT8Call

    "Less bots, more OPs"

    I like it.
     
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  3. N1AAE

    N1AAE Ham Member QRZ Page

    What's this APRS functionality?

    I accidentally just wiped my chat log instead of copying it... Woops.

    But the command is:
    AP:[YOURCALL]:[YOURGRID]:RS
    I see I was heard on https://aprs.fi/info/a/N1AAE

    Neat.
     
  4. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I put up some messages for Asian ops to pass along in Indonesia, Japan, and Korea. Interestingly, it seems few people around Asia know about the mode. That will change very quickly. I linked to here, to offer input.

    Although, I don't think you'll get as many users from Asia yet, as it requires a pretty good command of English to figure out how to download -- as it is, for now.
     
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  5. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's an experiment by another op, parsing FT8Call logs and, forwarding those strings into APRS. Version 0.5 will likely include APRS position reporting built-in.
     
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  6. WJ4U

    WJ4U Subscriber QRZ Page

    My initial foray was unimpressive. Copied a few QSOs but not nearly as many as FT8. And the content, well let's say it was about as interesting as "what's the weather on your end?" I won't make snap judgements and will continue to listen and maybe even call CQ to see what happens.
     
  7. N1AAE

    N1AAE Ham Member QRZ Page

    How much time did it take you to log a QSO on this pre-release build of a new mode?

    Now compare that to how long it will take you to find activity of any similar digital mode that allows ragchewing.

    That comparison alone is really why I like FT8Call. If other, "similar" and actually fully developed modes had consistent usage I'd likely be interested in those. I think the fact that this pre-release is barely known about on a wide scale and you can get a response to a CQ on first or second try is pretty telling. I've never had that luck on any other mode other than FT8 itself but that's not for ragchewing.
     
  8. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for trying out! This makes sense, since FT8Call is still in development and isn't actually available for general release. I think there's something like two orders of magnitude more people running FT8. No worries though, it's not for everybody.

    I will say, though...the first time you snag a DX ragchew with -20dB SNR and proceed to have an actual conversation...that is pretty exciting. Call CQ, you might be surprised :D

    Cheers!

    Best,
    Jordan / KN4CRD
     
  9. NO2Y

    NO2Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    PSK31 does. 3.580, 7.070 or 14.070 are all popular hangouts. You should be able to find someone on one of the 3
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2018
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  10. DL6BCX

    DL6BCX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hi Jordan,
    worked with FT8Call and made first QSO. According to your announcement it will run with WINDOWS 10, happy to report that it is running also with WINDOWS 7
     
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