It was a brief affair. A 24 hour fling. Remember those, in our youth - full of hope, promise and initial excitement. But reality sets in eventually along with "meh" and "she ain't all that".
FT8call proved a disappointment for several reasons.
I logged a few slow-motion QSO's - if you can call them that. Due to the slow rate necessitated by the mode, they were much abbreviated and contained no meat. PSK-31-like, they consisted of little more than name and other macro-driven and canned data. Rig hr is, been ham xx yrs, temp hr is xxC, etc. Exciting stuff, and all at the pace of January syrup.
Being able to interrogate other stations was interesting. With a simple command I could ask a European station what other stations he was hearing. His automated transmission back to me was a list of who he was copying. Pretty neat but akin to kerchunking a repeater, if you're into that.
Activity levels are low although an ALLCALL will reveal that many stations are set up and online at any given time. Few, it seems, want to engage in a QSO.
The IO.group for the mode is a 1-man show. Members are not allowed to initiate messages or even reply to them. Screw that. The more I learn about the mode and the attitude of the developer, the less appeal it holds.
FT8call: installed on 23 August
FT8call: uninstalled on 24 August
How's that for a macro?