CQ or Pounce: An FT8 Experiment!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KD9LFZ, Jul 28, 2020.

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  1. WC9D

    WC9D Ham Member QRZ Page


    Great video. Thanks so much.
    Just a couple of comments; I noted that you were concerned about duplicative contacts. JT Alert which integrates with WSJT will help you solve that problem. Also if you don’t have a logging program there is a very good free one called LOG4OM. It integrates very nicely with JT Alert and WSJT (and M1MM) and works well with the Icom 7300. If you log something in WSJT and have LOG4OM open it will load that contact automatically to LOG4OM where it is easy to get to LOTW and other programs.
    Thanks again. Perhaps we can do an exchange on FT8 someday.


  2. KG5THG

    KG5THG Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Now that you have dipped into the world of wsjt-x, I will be interested to see what you think of js8call. Hopefully you will give that a look!
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  3. M6ENP

    M6ENP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    as a footnote to a footnote, ( i stop there with the footnotes :) ), look into installing the jt alert software this runs in conjunction with wsjt quite seamlessly it display in a seperate window all the active calls on the band, and by going into the settings you can change the colours so that you can sort to worked before, new dxcc,new grid square, new band,new call, a absoulute boon you then do not end up working the same op twice on the same band, this software will also play alert sounds ,and send your adifs from wsjt to the logging program of choice, and also keep your logs up dated for any particular band/grid chasing that you might want to do,

    Tip 2 , get a comfy chair :), if you are going to spend more than 30 mins chasing ft8 a comfy chair is a must

    Tip 3, develop your fastest finger first, by this i mean have your hand on the mouse, and as soon as the radio clicks off on the last TX in a cycle ,re click it to start the next TX cycle (hence the fastest finger first)

    Tip 4 make sure your wsjt is set in the program settings to automatically log the qso (you can have it display a qso confirm button too), this stops missing logging that elusive DE (Dela rare stn ), or even more elusive state Hawaii HI ( no i dont have it :( )

    Tip 5, most important believe in yourself :) , if you believe that you can rack up fast Qsos you will do so, on a good session i can log 60 a hour

    Tip 6, check the other bands out, for me 30m always gives me dx of the south America variety, as well as multiple US grid squares

    Tip 7, use the free form chat messenger within jt alert when you have a pileup (if the other party is using it of course), and tell them that they are number 4 or 5 in the list, or if they are a weak signal to you, you can ask them if they can hear you, and if necessary you can move up or down the waterfall accordingly, Tip 3 definitely helps with this :)

    Tip 8 along with Tip 5 be confident that that Dx has your name on it,even if you have to have multiple attempts @ it, also using PSK Reporter full screen as the GUI, will show you were you are being heard within a 15 minute time frame, and this will give you a better idea how your setup is performing

    And finally for the nay sayers please view attached screen grab from last night on 30m FT8, fastest Qso was 2 cycles DX stn too, 103 logged in between letting my dog out out and refilling my coffee mug, all with 320 w, on my DX Commander Vertical

    Hope this Helps you, bear in mind we all have to start somewhere, i was not shown how to do psk 31/63 , i taught myself, and i worked through gremlins with FT8 when i first started using it and FT4 when it came out, Digital is not every ones cup of Tea, but for me i have approx 19,000 digital contacts over both my callsigns ,and have loved every minute of it

    73s De Kevin M6ENP & now G2KS Captureqrz.done1.jpg
  4. W3ATT

    W3ATT Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. KG8CX

    KG8CX Ham Member QRZ Page

    What a sparkplug presentation!! You are a great example of a motivated young ham. BTW, welcome to Y.A.C.H.T. You will be an inspiration to many of our young hams.
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  6. NN6EE

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    HEY LEAH!!! Great presentation about your experience with "FT-8" SEARCH OR POUNCE!!! We NEED a lot more young adults like yourself to "Spread-the-Word" about ALL THE COOL STUFF that Ham Radio gives to ALL OF US, but ESPECIALLY TO GUYS YOUR "AGE"!!! You're THE FUTURE of OUR HOBBY, & WITH YOUR "GUNG-HO ATTITUDE" I'm absolutely SURE THE HOBBY ISN'T GOING TO FADE AWAY!!! And to your DAD & MOM THEY RAISED A GREAT KID !!!

    Love your various presentations thru the months here on "QRZ"!!! TO ALL THEY'RE (WORTH WATCHING)!!!

    I've been a HAM (LITERALLY) since 1962 & will never give up on OUR HOBBY!!!

  7. K2WO

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    What a fantastic video! Leah was outstanding and you could just feel and see her enthusiasm for ham radio. She should be hired by the ARRL as Ambassador for The Future of Ham Radio. Great to see a young person so involved with the hobby. Great job and thanks for sharing. 73, George K2WO
  8. KD9LFZ

    KD9LFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will definitely check those out! See you on FT8!
  9. KD9LFZ

    KD9LFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the support I hope you enjoy my future videos!
  10. KD9LFZ

    KD9LFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you so much for the support!!! I can't wait to meet more young hams and make more awesome videos!!!

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