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. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Lifetime Member 279 Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    There was a time when I was a novice that I could only copy CW at 8 to 10 WPM. I still had a great time. FT8CALL will allow folks to have that same type of conversation if they so choose. Though I now run ~30 wpm most of the time and don't really relish working CW at 10 WPM, some folks DO. It's what makes this hobby fun, there are so many different aspects for so many different people.

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  2. NN2X

    NN2X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    That is exactly right, when I was trying to pass the 20WPM, we practice from 5, 10, 13, 18, and finally 20WPM. I passed back in 1980

    10WPM, is fine, at least you can have some, QSO, or if conditions are better, QSY and change mode to Olivia, at 30 WPM (500/8). All good!

    Cheers, NN2X Tom
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  3. N9PBD

    N9PBD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seriously? Unless there is a RTTY contest going, the sub-band is a grave yard. Any use of the airwaves is a good thing, otherwise our respective governments will find a reason to take them away from us. At 50 Hz bandwidth, I'm pretty sure that FT8Call will leave you plenty of room for a RTTY QSO or two.
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  4. N1RVN

    N1RVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Good point.

    Besides, I don't get it why are high-power RTTY operators so concerned with a QRP-level mode.
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  5. N6YFM

    N6YFM XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hey Guys & Gals: Since these are no longer comments on the article, but forum like discussion of a new mode,
    why don't we move this thread over to the eham digital modes forum group now?
  6. G3NYY

    G3NYY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi folks,
    Until FT8CALL is formally approved as an ADIF mode, you can log FT8CALL contacts in LOTW by doing the following.

    In TQSL, go to File|Display & Modify Preferences|ADIF Mode
    ADIF Mode
    Resulting TQSL Mode

    All the QSOs you upload as FT8CALL will now appear as DATA in the LOTW log.
    I have received a bunch of confirmations of my FT8CALL contacts this way.

    Walt (G3NYY)
  7. G3NYY

    G3NYY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Because we are on QRZ.com ... not eHam.

    Walt (G3NYY)
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  8. N2IPH

    N2IPH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Why not resolve FT8CALL to DATA and not to FT8?
  9. NN2X

    NN2X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    FYI I had posted this on eham (Digital), the same day I posted here on QRZ, however, EHAM posting did not have the same amount of responses...


    NN2X, Tom
  10. N0DZQ

    N0DZQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks you Jordan for you efforts. It is very much appreciated. I have just completed my second QSO and so far enjoy this mode. Now as far as the logging issue...

    I honestly don't understand the fuss being its a FT8 variant. Kinda like arguing over USB and LSB. But then again, I don't contest nor collect awards/diplomas.

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