FT8 Burnout? Possible Remedy: Conversation

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NW7US, Nov 22, 2017.

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  1. WB4M

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    Chat modes, basically any mode other than JT-type modes are indeed nice but seems all I get are the macro dumpers. I just cringe when I get the final macro: Thank you OM for 20 meter Oliva QSO #1234 on 14.073.12 mhz at 1230:45 UTC. Best DX to you in 2009 (?). QSO #12345 logged at 1234:56 UTC 18 November 2017 at 10 degrees C.
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  2. KG5KOG

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    Getting tired of JT65 and was wanting some mode to at least 'chat' a bit.
    After reading this article tuned into one the frequencies and it just didn't seem like a real conversation. Now i know why.

    d*it, everything is becoming automated about HAM radio, soon it will not need an operator, oh wait for some things it does not now.

    I'll give Oliva another try sometime.
  3. NW7US

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    As I post this, the time is nearly 9:00 PM in the center of the USofA, or, 02:47 UTC. I've got to finish writing the December 2017 Propagation and Space Weather column for The Spectrum Monitor magazine { https://www.thespectrummonitor.com }. I am monitoring 40m and 80m off and on but I really have to get my column finished and sent off the publisher! I want to reply to some of the comments, but I will have limited time over the next few days. If anyone is interested, check out my column in TSM. I'll be writing up some information about Olivia in the next few editions.

    73 for now NW7US
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  4. AF7ZA

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    Oh that hits the nail on the old head. Same reason I gave up on psk31. Brag,brag,brag. Nobody likes to talk, but they think everyone likes to hear. They can stuff that brag tape nonsense.
  5. WU8Y

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    I can't think of anything more horrifically boring and wasteful of spectrum as ragchewing. ;-) Definitely not my cup of tea.
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  6. K3XR

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    Did not read all the posts in this thread so the topic may have been discussed. I happen to enjoy working Olivia as an old RTTY operator going way back what I don't understand is why so many formats makes operating it a real PIA what's the problem on settling on one format ?
  7. KK5JY

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    In the case of Olivia, the different configurations all have different trade-offs between SNR performance, character rate, and QRM resilience.
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  8. W8QZ

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    Gotta put in a plug here for another program that runs this mode (as well as almost every other mode known to hamkind) - MultiPsk (http://f6cte.free.fr/index_anglais.htm).
    Just a basic GUI, and less demanding on the CPU.
    There's a regular traffic net in Michigan on 8/500 Olivia, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings 3583 kHz USB, 8PM Eastern time.
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  9. 2E0TWD

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    Thank you for the article. I have only held my licence 2 years and I’m looking to learn more about these modes of operation.
  10. W1YW

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    "Olivia is not a weak signal mode"...

    Therefore it competes with other "conversational" modes such as CW and RTTY and PSK...and many others.

    Why should I use Olivia when I can us CW, a totally immersive mode?

    Olivia has not caught on because it poses no advantage over other options.


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