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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. AK9S

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    Awesome software! Made my first contact a minute ago. Love the ALLCALL? feature, all stations respond with an SNR.
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  2. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Inspired by FSQ. All stations that can hear you, that have AUTO enabled, and that haven't responded in the past 5 minutes. Makes finding propagation paths really nice and easy :)
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018
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  3. N4SJK

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    Just downloaded and gave it a try. Very easy to use. Similar interface to FT8. I like the special directed message commands. Made a contact in California within a few minutes. Had a nice QSO. I think this will be popular. When will the Mac version be available? Thanks!
  4. KN4CRD

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    Great to hear. Glad it was easy to pick up.

    Mac is TBD. Still need to figure out the build system for that. Many have successfully run the Windows version in Wineskin, though. Seems to be a fine workaround in the meantime.
  5. N4SJK

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    Yes, I ran it in Parallels on my Mac without a problem but it would be nice to have a native app like WSJT-X.
  6. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agreed. That's the goal ;)
  7. M3AWD

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    Nice to see another mode encroaching into the "RTTY" Sub-band, wont be long till its completely covered. Already got FT8 Dxpedition mode in there and now FT8CALL. wonderful
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  8. W4JSG

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    Really looking forward to this! I run WSJT-X native on Mac, and I found that if running it on Windows 7 in VirtualBox, system resources slowed down just to the point that timing could not be kept. As you know, timing is crucial in FT8. Will that be an issue in FT8Call, if I use it on Virtualbox?
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  9. W1YW

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    My major concerns on FT8 centered on it being: 1) a machine 2 machine mode with extremely limited human interaction/participation; 2)it reduced a given ham band to just a few KHz of use. Thus it RESTRICTED ham radio to very low information content AND rendered a superfluous NEED for precious frequency allocations.

    On the plus side it gains up to roughly 20 dB detectability over other modes.

    FT8CALL has the ability to shoot down BOTH of those concerns while leveraging the brilliant benefits first brought to us through Joe, K1JT.

    I don't think Zed'ers fully understand what happened with FT8. It went from nothing to THE MOST USED MODE in a little over 6 months. In particular, 6 meters went from beacons and CW to virtually ALL FT8.

    Log of the world (LOTW) DOCUMENTS FT8 as the MOST used mode for awards at present. It has decimated phone, reduced CW. Contests are now a last vestige of these 'legacy' modes. Try calling CQ on CW on a typical day... you will see what I mean.

    Here's hoping we see additional innovation on these digital modes, and congrats to Jordan for this great hybrid.

    Chip W1YW
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  10. KG5THG

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    Very cool. Glad to see this being done. And as with any of the ft/jt or other digital modes, you can use your vfo to move anywhere within the band plan to have the qso of your choice.
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