FT8 and Internet

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by AC1DV, May 2, 2018.

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  1. AC1DV

    AC1DV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been running FT8 perfectly on my Mac with the Signalink. The other morning the internet was down. When I went to use FT8 with WSJTX it would not decode, yet the waterfall was FULL.. I checked the clock and it's in perfect synch. When the internet returned so did FT*. I didn't think it used the internet on FT8. Is this normal?? Or is this a MAC thing.?? (I have a Mac but I am NOT a fan..) Any thought?
  2. KP4SX

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    On my setup internet is not required at all other than for time check and pskreporting.
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  3. US7IGN

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    I don't know any messenger that can work without internet. Try skype, viber or any other. I think it is normal.
  4. G0GSR

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    Computer clock not accurate enough due to loss of NTP service.

  5. K7GQ

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    Just wondering ... do you have WSJT-X/Preferences/Reporting/ "PSK Reporter Spotting" enabled? I can't imagine any reason for a reporting error to disable FT8 decoding but one never knows ...
  6. K3XR

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    Run FT-8 while camping no internet connection don't even have cell phone service in many areas use a small usb GPS receiver for time sync.
  7. K7VZ

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    Hmm, it should have kept working.

    I bought a USB GPS puck from Amazon and am running NMEATime2 from VisualGPS.net. Less than $50 total to get setup. I'm using it for time sync at home with internet as well as it continues to work while camping without internet.
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  8. KC0ITF

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    What's a good program or method for syncing your computer clock for FT8 work?
  9. N5AVF

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    For Windows - Dimension 4. Does the job and stays out of the way. Freeware or optional donation for non-commercial use.

    Download link below.

  10. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Also see posts 6 & 7 above.

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