Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN2X, Aug 12, 2018.
FT8Call 0.5 released this AM. New recommended frequencies included.
New FT8CALL has just came out (Today / Sept 2), and look at the popularity, 2nd place, with + 10,0000
Good. Thanks to the developer. JT9 isn't even remotely as popular as PSK31, so if it should be "sharing" with any mode, it should be sharing with JT9 instead of more popular non-JT modes.
I will give it a try soon. I can't see personally really using it that much because of the 10 wpm... PSK31, RTTY and Olivia are all around 3 times faster than that. But, for people in more compromise situations, I can see it having a lot of appeal. I care more about the exchange than where the person is when I'm rag chewing.... but I know some people are really hankering for the possibilty of DX ragchews....especially in compromise situations. So, it's a good addition to the hobby
It is crazy now, FT8CALL, over 12,000 That is a milestone, 2nd place, and I bet in due time, it will catching up to FT8
Cheers! Let me know what you think when you try it out!
Here's an example of what the band sharing is like, JT65, JT9, FT8Call all within 2000Hz
We are becoming "Expert Bullet Dodgers" lately, lol. Looks like we may get another chance with Norman, keeping a close eye on him.
Your wait is over.
I can report that new version 0.5x *is* working on Win Xp (SP3), too ...
Left rig on 80m band last night after working a few stations. This morning did an 'allcall' about 5 AM CDT and got a couple of responses before I QSY'd to make a voice sked on 160 meters ... will try FT8call on 160m band tonight (Wednesday) ...
So are we looking at another LOTW/eQSL debacle? Is an FT8CALL contact the same as an FT8 contact? If not, how do we log/upload contacts before the FT8CALL mode is implemented? Will there be separate awards for FT8CALL?
I don't mean to be a pessimist, but if we call FT8CALL a new mode, I'll beg off until the kinks are worked out.