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. NN2X

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    FT8CALL is only in its infancy, I don't think it is officially commissioned. Only a few Ham operator (Relative) know about this mode

    Tab on the below URL. which indicated FT8CALL has already surpassed BPSK31, and marching towards the top of the list.


    Wait another month or two, I bet it will eventually take over CW and hold second place only to FT8.

    I am happy to see the constant evolution and advancement in Ham radio, it seems lately most of it, is around the digital modes, and SDR technology. Who said Ham radio is not cutting edge!


    NN2X, Tom, C U Bands
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  2. KN4CRD

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    The frequencies built into the program are suggestions / starting points. FT8Call does not restrict you from using your VFO to move to another free space on the band. The intent is for us all to be good operators and not cause unnecessary QRM.

    However, it is imperative for all operators to remember that the bands are a shared resource and are not owned by any one group or mode.
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  3. NN2X

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    About the frequency allocation for FT8CALL.

    Like FT8, the program is set for the Ham operator. For example if you are using WSJT-X the program sets up for 14.074 for 20 meters and has a default window (Bandwidth). Yes you can use the VFO and slide up and down the bands, but in practice 14.074 is used. If the Ham operator deviates to far from the center frequency he will experience less if not no response to the CQ call. So by default the activity is indirectly governed by the default setting of the program (WSJT-X)

    Like wise with FT8CALL, the program is set for 14.080 (For example on 20 meters), Again you could go up and down the band but if the Ham operator adheres to the set frequency (14.080) more contacts will be experienced

    C U on the bands..

    NN2X, Tom
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  4. KC9OFJ

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    Maybe I cant see the forest for all the trees, Could someone post a direct link to the download?
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  5. N3MLB

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  6. N1RVN

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  7. KN4CRD

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    FYI... That is not the link. (That just downloads the source code, which you're free to do, but you have to build it.)

    This is on purpose by the way. The app is still in development and is not a general release. You have to join the groups.io group: https://groups.io/g/ft8call/

    To get to the download links: https://groups.io/g/ft8call/wiki/FT8Call-Latest-Release-Download-Links
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2018
  8. W1XQ

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    Dang, I am stuck in Dallas for work, then to Georgia. Will have to wait until I get home to try this out. Excited to see this! Tnx Jordan, anxious to give this a shot!
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  9. N1RVN

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    Oh, OK... thanks.

    Applied for membership...
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  10. ZS2EZ

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    Just a pity there is no WEBSITE - there is NO WAY that I am going to subscribe to YET ANOTHER mailing list.... I cannot cope with the flow of mails that I already receive (still over 5 000 unread, just cannot seem to catch up). REALLY tired of people reporting "false positive" virus alerts from their free Antivirus programs instead of using DECENT commercial ones!!!! :-(

    When this software (and documentation) is posted on a proper website it will be worth looking at....

    de Barry ZS2EZ
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