Oh dear, FT8

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Oh dear, FT8

Post by pete_uk » 15 Jun 2018, 14:24

Seems FT8 is a bit of a Marmite mode. You ether love it or think its the end of amateur radio. I think its good, allows a quick QSO with little fuss. A few people I know hate it!

One of the arguments I have heard in America and now in the July RadCom is that its of no use in an emergency.
Really? Neither is SSTV but thats fine. Maybe that's because its not as popular.

We keep hearing about technical advancement in amateur radio but when a Nobel physics winning radio amateur (who also brought us WSPR, JT69 etc) comes up with a new mode which allows very weak signals to get through a small group have a moan!

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Re: Oh dear, FT8

Post by ch25 » 15 Jun 2018, 14:46

Personally I stay away from FT8.
Some folks could have fun with it, no doubt, but I stick to get Honour Roll on SSB.
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Re: Oh dear, FT8

Post by GaryWilson » 23 Jun 2018, 17:36

We had a demonstration of FT8 at the radio club recently, it's quite an impressive mode but I'm not sure it's for me.

The QSO's are in a fixed format and setting up and getting computer clock timings spot on seemed a bit of a faff to me.

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Re: Oh dear, FT8

Post by Kaliphan » 25 Jun 2018, 11:40

GaryWilson wrote:
23 Jun 2018, 17:36
We had a demonstration of FT8 at the radio club recently, it's quite an impressive mode but I'm not sure it's for me.

The QSO's are in a fixed format and setting up and getting computer clock timings spot on seemed a bit of a faff to me.

73 Gary.
Getting the clock right is a doddle, no need to faff around with the command line, setting up Windows NTP etc. etc. just install Dimension4, select the nearest NTP server to you on the dropdown list and you're good to go, check your time is accurate using time.is

You don't *have* to follow the fixed QSO format but most stations do and are looking for the signal report and the RRR to log the contact, it's kinda like 5/9 contesting. There's a bunch of tips and things in the official FAQ

I find it fun seeing just how far QRP watt levels can be spotted with PSKReporter even if you don't get a contact, on less than 5W I've managed ZL, VK and a few rare ones including Indonesia on 40m using a random length of wire thrown up into a tree.

I'd like a verbose mode where short chat was possible though.

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Re: Oh dear, FT8

Post by GaryWilson » 25 Jun 2018, 21:01

Kaliphan wrote:
25 Jun 2018, 11:40
GaryWilson wrote:
23 Jun 2018, 17:36
We had a demonstration of FT8 at the radio club recently, it's quite an impressive mode but I'm not sure it's for me.

The QSO's are in a fixed format and setting up and getting computer clock timings spot on seemed a bit of a faff to me.

73 Gary.
Getting the clock right is a doddle, no need to faff around with the command line, setting up Windows NTP etc. etc. just install Dimension4, select the nearest NTP server to you on the dropdown list and you're good to go, check your time is accurate using time.is

You don't *have* to follow the fixed QSO format but most stations do and are looking for the signal report and the RRR to log the contact, it's kinda like 5/9 contesting. There's a bunch of tips and things in the official FAQ

I find it fun seeing just how far QRP watt levels can be spotted with PSKReporter even if you don't get a contact, on less than 5W I've managed ZL, VK and a few rare ones including Indonesia on 40m using a random length of wire thrown up into a tree.

I'd like a verbose mode where short chat was possible though.
Thanks for the heads up I'm sure at some point I will give it a go, all the best,

73 Gary.
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