Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by G4TUT, Apr 23, 2019.
Onwards and Upwards !
Kudos to Joe Taylor
Why fight it, be happy don’t worry..
We are the Borg of ham radio, your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own… Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. You will burn your microphone. And that silly thing you called a bug too..
I don’t like, but for those that do, a QSO is but a mouse click away. No intelligence required, let the computer do all the thinking, CLICK CLICK,, wow I worked another one !!
Sure makes my DXCC look like a piece of useless paper.
Just let them be….. as the song said,, Don’t worry, be happy.
FT4 ?????? ok for contesting.....but I used to use FT8 and got really sick and tired of it FAST! what is the sense of having a 6 second qso? I'd rather watch dragsters in the NHRA drag meets that last 6 seconds. 6 seconds......I'll stick to js83, HAM RADIO DELUXE,FILDIGI, psk,olivia and cw. these quick fast " hello/good bye 15,6 second qso" are for the lazy operators,button pushers that can not type. I'm an old buzzard am operator and the time out repeater king of our local radio clubs repeater. I love ragchewing. Think the longest ragchew I ever had was 7 hours and that was on am. nope FT8 AND 4 not for me.
I'll go back to SPARK.
5BDXCC,WAC,WAC5B,WAZ,WAZ5B,WA COUNTIES,WAA ( WORKED ALL AMATEURS ) CLICK......THERE....ONLY TOOK 4 DAYS TO WORK EVERYTHING INCLUDING DUMMY LOADS.
JOE is a smart guy and met him at a local ham fest a couple years ago.
I appreciate what Joe has done for me with FT8. It gives someone with a modest station and HOA antenna issues the ability to work someone somewhere about 24-7 and gives me a LOT of countries I would never work with any other mode. In the past 6 months I have worked over a dozen countries I never even heard in my previous 58 years as a ham on AM, SSB, CW, and RTTY. A quick look seems like FT4 will be about twice the speed and twice the bandwidth -- in round numbers. FT4 will need new "watering hole" frequencies. But there should be room for watering holes for FT8, JSCall, RTTY, et al and this new variation. Bring it on, please.
According to the FT4 document http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/FT4_Protocol.pdf:
Experience will tell what may be the best strategy for selecting dial frequencies during contests, and for how many ~3 kHz segments should be used for FT4 on each band. As initial guidelines we suggest the following default dial frequencies for FT4: 3.595, 7.090, 10.140, 14.140, 18.104, 21.140, 24.919, 28.180, 50.318, 144.170 MHz. We will welcome any feedback that could lead to better frequency choices.
there's some funny shit here to read.
It's not my mode. I still love CW and some SSB. Do not need computers talk to each other. In my opinion this is not having a QSO. Sorry.