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. K3KIC

    K3KIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT8Call 0.5 released this AM. New recommended frequencies included.
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  2. NN2X

    NN2X Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    New FT8CALL has just came out (Today / Sept 2), and look at the popularity, 2nd place, with + 10,0000

    FT8 1153500
    FT8CALL 10296
    CW 4757
    PSK31 931
    JT9 376
    JT65 347
    PSK63 302
    SIM31 229
    PSK 80
    MSK144 61
    ROS 34
    PI4 23
    RTTY 23
    OPERA 20
    OLIVIA 10
    PSK125 7
    JT65B 4
    HELL 3
    SSTV 2
    THOR 1
    THOR11 1
    THRB 1
    MFSK16 1
    OLIVIA-8 1
  3. NO2Y

    NO2Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
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  4. NN2X

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    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

    Mode Count
    FT8 1202031
    FT8CALL 12068
    CW 4624
    JT65 639
    JT9 595
    SIM31 548
    PSK31 523
    PSK63 261
    RTTY 113
    MSK144 50
    OPERA 45
    ROS 23
    PI4 19
    SSB 10
    OLIVIA 9
    OLIVIA-3 1
    PSK 1
    HELL 1
    JT65B 1
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  5. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Cheers! Let me know what you think when you try it out!
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  6. KN4CRD

    KN4CRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's an example of what the band sharing is like, JT65, JT9, FT8Call all within 2000Hz

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  7. WH6FQE

    WH6FQE Ham Member QRZ Page

    We are becoming "Expert Bullet Dodgers" lately, lol. Looks like we may get another chance with Norman, keeping a close eye on him.
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  8. K3KIC

    K3KIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your wait is over.
  9. AA5CT

    AA5CT Ham Member QRZ Page

    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) ...
  10. N2SUB

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    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. ;)

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