Agree 100% with Ria.

FT8 in Contest Mode would be ideal for DXPeditions. Running split - of course! 
Nice thing is that a custom "CQ UP VQ9TC” meets the mode specification.


George J Molnar
Nevada, USA
KF2T  @GJMolnar





> On Aug 8, 2017, at 9:53 AM, Ria Jairam <rjai...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I think that the real appeal of FT8, apart from the weak signal
> capability is that it is a capable replacement for RTTY.
> 
> RTTY is a pain in the neck to use and provides increasingly
> diminishing returns. You can use less power on FT8 and get out better
> plus auto SEQ and prem. JT65 had the problem of 6 minutes per QSO
> which will only make angry ops worldwide if used on a DXpedition for
> anything except EME. Meanwhile 30 seconds for a QSO isn't too bad for
> FT8.
> 
> I'd probably suggest that major DXpeditions would be better off using
> a separate window instead of the regular window. This would help keep
> the QRM down.
> 
> Watching this with keen interest.
> 
> 73
> Ria, N2RJ
> 
> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 12:44 PM, Bill Somerville <g4...@classdesign.com> 
> wrote:
>> On 08/08/2017 17:19, John Zantek wrote:
>>> 
>>> Rate is the number #1 concern as well as a few other issues.  A WSJT
>>> exchange from an expedition perspective is a fast exchange which hams are
>>> typically familiar with, such as CW and or RTTY modes.
>> 
>> 
>> Hi John,
>> 
>> just a quick initial reply, I will think more about this requirement and
>> reply more fully later.
>> 
>> My first comment is that perhaps rate expectations should be moderate and
>> the real benefit of weak signal modes like JT65/JT9/FT8 is their potential
>> to exploit band conditions unable to support CW/RTTY/Phone QSOs. Given that
>> then dedicating a position to weak signal modes when QSOs may be logged far
>> faster with CW/RTTY/Phone will not be popular. OTOH if a position is idle
>> due to no open band to run then that should be the cue to open up on the
>> weak signal modes on the least marginal available band.
>> 
>> It may be worth considering operating on a non-conventional frequency
>> (assuming one can be found) to try and avoid hoards of stations calling on
>> frequency, although stations calling on frequency can be easily ignored
>> (unlike on CW/RTTY/Phone) so maybe it's not a huge issue.
>> 
>> 73
>> Bill
>> G4WJS.
>> 
>> 
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