Saturday, January 6, 2018

Video: Fully automated FT8 QSO's

What was only a matter of time has now become a reality - fully automated QSO's with FT8.

Efstathios SV5DKL has a video tutorial explaining the process of how he, in his words, can make contacts while "out for a beer with friends or family" by using QuickMacros. The legality of unattended transmissions notwithstanding, I like the idea and am fully aware of how this will absolutely p!$$ off a lot of (most?) people.

There are already numerous complaints of the "impersonal" communication this type of operation enables. Are you kidding?! FT8 is already impersonal! It's one computer working another - there is no possibility of any real personalization with this mode. Canned macros are all that's being sent, or more correctly, automated canned macros, being sent with auto-sequence enabled.

Complaining about this further step toward automated QSO's is akin to driving 75mph in a 65mph zone and then complaining about someone who's driving 77. They meet your definition of speeding, but you doing 75 in a 65 doesn't!

I will try out SV5DKL's method but have no intention of spending $60 after the trial ends. There will soon be a variety of such programs from which to choose dedicated specifically to FT8, JT9/65.

Happy DXing!
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You'll have to turn the volume up to hear the audio:


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12 comments:

  1. HNY, John!
    Here is the improved audio, 1080p HD version of my original tutorial video:
    https://youtu.be/byJyxYi4I8Q
    Also note that with the exact same automation, one can run a CQing robot for any of the modes supported by WSJT-X.
    73
    Stathis, SV5DKL

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  2. LOL! Now you've went and done it!

    You do realize that you've caused a rip in the space time continuum and we'll all be replaced by robots now? :)

    I'm surprised it took this long for someone to go public with it. You predicted that it would happen.

    73,

    Tim
    KA9EAK


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    1. Well, every now and then there's a news report on some dedicated (and lonely?) inventor on the cusp of developing a life-like "fully functional" robot that will replace women. Who knows what's possible in this brave new world!

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  3. Hi John, from what I read is the newest version of JTDX way ahead with autosequence. Not shure about it but it seems it also has the autolog function built in. The only thing the operator has to do is enable TX after a QSO is logged. Well, now this is known K1JT and his team can add automatic QSOing to the WSJT-X software and let the operator choose. Just like you write, FT8 is already inpersonal. I suspect the Bouvet DXpedition has automatic working FT8 software (JTDX? WSJT-X) already so they can use it when bands seem to be dead or....when operators need sleep or have to do other tasks. No one will now? And they will never tell....73, Bas

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    1. The automated sequencing in the latest WSJT-X software is only the tip of the iceberg. I don't know if Bouvet will have time to implement it, but future DXpeditions will. And, more importantly, the new generations of DXers will demand it and the quest for DXpedition funding will require it.

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    2. "The only thing the operator has to do is enable TX after a QSO is logged."

      And this is all QuickMacros does for you. JT Alert auto logs the QSO anyway, don't need QM to do that.

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    3. Since JT Alert auto logs the QSO, all QM does for you is press the ENABLE TX after a QSO is logged, to call CQ.

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  4. Originally the brain dead mode, now the brainLESS mode. Good grief. Pretty soon, you will just be able to print out your "IWorkedEveryStationintheWorld" award, by hitting one key on your keyboard. Worthless.

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    1. If someone wants to set their station on AUTO, let it work 100 entities and then claim DXCC, it's no skin off my back. I wouldn't value such an award but there is more honor in automated FT8 than in claiming DXCC by working DX stations from various remote stations around the country. One is all RF, the other is not.

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  5. I do something similar with Auto Mouse Click (https://www.murgee.com/auto-mouse-click/) -- just USD 8.00.

    The "AMCLauncher" feature detects TX Enable button changes after the Watchdog Timer expires (I set it to four minutes) due to end of QSO or nobody answering my CQ. Either way, a new CQ session starts.

    David

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  6. Sooooo F*cking stupid. Thius is NOT real Ham Radio.

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  7. Makes it easy to work around the shack while QM and WSJT-X work FT8. You have to keep an eye on it for missed "73" every now and then. Working on a macro that only works "CQ's"... Works well with "color" matching. IGC reset every month, and setting of "worked" to "not worked" seems to make monthly contacts possible. Next, N1MM+ on CW and Phone !!! (Efstathios Maliakis, thanks for the idea!)

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