|Mk1 FoxBot, 2019|
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A DXpedition to Tokelau will take place from 1 to 11 October and it
Stathis SV5DKL has been working on a "FoxBot" for some time now, is listed as a partner to this DXpedition and has confirmed that the DXpedition will be using his FoxBot.
The ARRL has recently announced that, effective immediately, regarding automated contacts:
WHAT is NOT allowed:
Operator sets up fully automated QSOs that automatically answer and CQ again without human intervention. This is possible with external software to control WSJT-X, modified versions of WSJT-X and third party programs that use the WSJT decoding algorithms but offer fully automatic operation.
In effect, contacts made with robots will not count for DXCC credit.
But in the future DXpeditions will use FT8 robots. As they said in the movie Titanic - "it's a mathematical certainty". Efficiency of DXpedition manpower and the demand of getting a new one will combine to move this practice into the New Normal.
DXpeditions will be of three types: those that use FT8 bots openly, those that do so on the sly and those that don't (yet) use automation at all. The latter group will come around after the first two groups normalize the practice.
And, for the second group - how will the ARRL know?
When Joe K1JT invented FT8, he no doubt had an idea of what it would accomplish in allowing stations with compromised antennas to work DX. But now the Law of Unintended Consequences has come knocking at the door.
Interesting times ahead.